In-Person Social Skills Groups for Children

Led by highly trained Speech-Language Pathologists

San Jose | Mountain View, CA
San Francisco South Bay Area

Bascom Ave, South of 280 in San Jose

Fridays 3:45 p.m. (Ages 9½ – 13 years )

Saturdays 8:30 a.m. (Ages 3 – 5 years)

Saturdays 9:30 a.m. (Ages 5 years and up)

Saturdays 10:30 a.m. (Ages 4 years and up)

Mountain View

 Mondays 4:15  Ages 4 ½ – 6 ½ years

Mondays 5:15  Ages 7-10 years

Hands-On Practice with Social Skills and Interpersonal Communication

Gold Speech is proud to offer in-person social language groups to children in the Bay Area. Each group is led by a highly qualified speech-language pathologist and supported by a skilled aide. Through a combination of play-based activities, role-playing exercises, and group discussions, your child will learn how to navigate social situations with more confidence and ease.

Kids Grouped by Age and Language Level

Classes are typically scheduled in eight-week blocks to provide children opportunities to interact with a consistent group of peers and adults. Group participants are decided based on age, functional level and location. We will set up a brief screening phone call with you and your child to determine if your child is a good match for a particular group.

Small and Intimate Class Sizes

Each group is limited to a small size, allowing us to provide personalized attention to each child. The small group size gives your child a more hands-on experience to foster relationships with others. Our social groups are for any child who struggles with social communication skills. We focus on building a warm, welcoming atmosphere where children feel comfortable expressing themselves and interacting with others.

Greeting, Commenting, Sharing, Cooperating, Negotiating and Problem Solving with Others

Social Language Groups provide lessons on social concepts and understanding the emotions of others. With guidance from the speech-language therapist, participants practice facilitated social interaction. Goals that may be targeted for younger children include greetings, asking questions/making comments, sharing, problem solving with a peer, and flexibility within play. For older / more advanced children, while still having fun, we shift our focus more toward the important skills of group cooperation, negotiation for individual and team desires, and social problem-solving at both an individual level and within groups. The curriculum includes elements of Michelle Garcia Winner’s programs Social Thinking and We Thinkers!

Promoting and Affirming Neurodiversity

Our experienced team will work with your family to learn how to best support your child through the social group curriculum. Group participants include not only those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, but all kinds of children who need practice applying social skills in real-life situations. Gold Speech incorporates neurodiversity affirming principles to promote inclusivity for all of our participants. Our goal is to improve their ability to communicate effectively with others, make and maintain friendships, and develop important social skills that will serve them throughout their lives.

Enhancing Self-Esteem and Confidence

Another one of our main objectives is to help your child feel a sense of belonging and develop their self-esteem and confidence as they contribute to the group’s success. Our hope is that participation will lead your child to build relationships and make new friends outside of their school circle. Perhaps they will even discover new interests and passions. And, of course, you as a parent can also network and build new relationships with other parents of kids in the group!

We are Eager to Help Your Child Thrive

Enroll your child in our social language groups today and watch them grow in confidence and social competence!

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Rules of Attendance/Payment Policies:

  • Our social groups will be held weekly over an 8-week block of time. Weeks including national and school holidays are excluded. Classes will resume the following week.
  • Families are expected to attend all regularly scheduled sessions. Regular attendance promotes progress and allows participants to fully engage in group activities. 
  • In the event of an absence, participants must notify the group’s facilitating speech pathologist, as well as Annie Galiani, by text message or e-mail with as much notice as possible. This allows for proper planning and consideration of the group dynamic.
  • Please communicate with your therapist and Annie Galiani of any dates in the 8-week block that you will not be able to attend. 
  • One make-up credit per class block may be applied to attendance of a different group, or towards the next eight-week class block. There will be no refunds issued.
  • No-shows will not be refunded or credited.
  • If there are any unforeseen closures on our end (weather, building emergency, etc.), we will notify our families as soon as possible.
  • If a day of class is canceled by Gold Speech, the class will be rescheduled at the end of the course.
  • Payment is required in advance of the start 8-week block. A 50% deposit will be required when reserving a spot in the group. The remaining balance will be charged to the card on file 10 days before the first scheduled session and is nonrefundable.
  • Your initial 50% deposit is refundable, less a $50 processing fee, until 15 days prior to the start of the class. After that date it is nonrefundable.
  • Priority registration for future classes will be given to families who participated in the full 8 week class and consistently attended scheduled sessions.
  • The safety of our clients and therapists are our top priority. If your child demonstrates any aggressive behaviors (e.g., hitting, pushing, kicking or biting), your child will be asked to leave the group immediately. A prorated refund will be issued for the remainder of unattended classes if we ask your child to leave the group. 
  • Group sessions will incorporate facial expressions and nonverbal cues, which can be difficult when participants are masked. Due to the nature of our group, we have decided to use a mask-optional policy, which aligns with the County of Santa Clara mandate. If your child has a slight runny nose or slight cough, please have them wear a mask. If your child is clearly ill, please keep them home. Attendees must be 24 hours fever-free (unmedicated) in order to attend the small group. 
  • Please be aware that most insurance companies will not reimburse group speech therapy (CPT code 92508), which means families will be responsible for all out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Gold Speech, Inc. is considered an out-of-network provider. We do not make phone calls to your insurance on your behalf.
  • If you wish to submit to your insurance for reimbursement, you may request from us a monthly superbill.

To indicate your interest, please read and complete the consent form below.

    Group Attendance Policy and Rules of Conduct rules

    Consent:

    1. I give permission for my child to participate in this social group. *

    2. I understand that there are inherent risks associated with participating in any activity, and I accept these risks on behalf of my child. *

    3. I understand that the group leaders will take all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of my child, and that they will contact me in the event of an emergency. *

    4. I agree to remain on the premises and to be reachable throughout the duration of the group. *

    5. I understand that under no circumstances will violent behavior be tolerated, and that if a child exhibits aggressive behaviors, including hitting, pushing, kicking or biting, the child will immediately be asked to leave the group. *

    6. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless Gold Speech, Inc., its speech pathologists, aides, volunteers, and affiliates for any claims arising out of my child's participation in the social group. Please sign and date below to indicate your agreement to the above terms and conditions. *




    FAQ’s

    What is the difference between individual speech therapy and social language groups?

    During individualized speech therapy services, speech language pathologists will focus on individualized goals and needs for your child. This interaction is a great opportunity for a child to learn new skills in a one-on-one interaction that addresses your child’s specific strengths and weaknesses.  During our social group classes, the speech language pathologist will follow a curriculum that focuses on common social areas of difficulty shared by the group members (e.g. greetings, problem solving, flexibility, etc.). These classes will give your child the opportunity to practice their social interactions with peers, through the facilitation and support of the speech pathologist teaching.

    How do I know if my child will fit with a particular group?

    Once you submit your group intake form, our Social Groups Intake Coordinator will be in touch with you about next steps. Part of this process is a brief video screening with your child to determine the best group match based on the child’s language abilities, age, attention level, choice of location and selection of class time.

    What happens if schools are closed the day of my group?

    During school breaks and holidays, we will pause the class and resume when school is back in session. We try our best to schedule groups when families are not traveling for vacation.

    Will my child have individualized goals during group treatment? If so, how will data be taken?

    Our social group classes will implement a curriculum consisting of 4-6 shared goals for all children, rather than providing individualized goals. The lead speech-language pathologist will adjust the level of support your child receives based on their specific needs. Data will be collected in a more qualitative manner, based on observations of how your child applies the curriculum into his or her social interactions.

    Are the social language groups neurodiversity affirming?

    Gold Speech aims to create an inclusive and supportive environment for neurodiverse individuals. Our goal is to provide acceptance, understanding, and accommodations for your child to express themselves. Our social groups will build on your child’s strengths to foster self advocacy and peer relationships.