Aurora/Naperville Office
4255 Westbrook Drive, Suite 206
Aurora, Illinois 60504

Providing counseling, therapy, psychological testing and neuropsychological testing for children, adolescent, and adults in Wheaton, Naperville, Aurora, Oswego, Glen Ellyn, Winfield, Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia, Bartlett, West Chicago, Plainfield, Downers Grove, and Carol Stream areas.

Social-ites (K-3rd Boys & Girls)

Social-ettes (4th-6th Girls)

Fax: (630) 293-9861

​​​​Phone: (630) 293-9860            

Winfield Office

28W671 Garys Mill Road
Winfield, IL 60190

Social Skills Groups for Boys & Girls

Group Approach:

The ability to understand and use age appropriate social skills is vital to social and academic success. Social behavior and academic behavior are highly correlated. Though we learn academics in a highly structured, goal-oriented format, social skills are frequently not systematically taught. Consequently, some children don’t develop social competency at the same pace as their peers. This can be especially true for children with ADHD/ADD, anxiety issues, Asperger’s Disorder, Learning Disabilities, and other problems. Challenges with peer socialization can lead to bullying, low self esteem, and depression. Pathways social skills groups can help map out your child’s needs and provide not only a compass, but a set of effective tools for navigating their social world more effectively. 

Goals of the Group:

  • Making and Keeping Friends

  • Dealing with Peer Pressure

  • Stopping False Rumors

  • Using Self-control and Following Directions

  • Improving Self-image and Self-esteem

  • Thinking Before Acting

  • Listening

  • Accepting Rules and Consequences

  • Goal Setting

  • Problem-Solving

  • Dealing with Feelings

  • Dealing with Anger

  • Accepting Change

  • Communicating Effectively

  • Understanding Boundaries

  • Empathy and Helping Behaviors

​Each group includes a lesson covering developmentally specific social skills. The children in the group have a chance to learn, practice, and receive feedback regarding the skills. Group members will also be offered suggestions regarding how they can more effectively interact in and out of the group. The groups include activities and projects designed to engage the kids in a fun yet educational manner.

Modes of Learning Include:

  • Activities

  • Role-play

  • Art

  • Stories

  • Poems

  • Puppets

  • Games

  • Giving and Receiving Feedback 

Curriculum Overview:

The Social Skills Curriculum is designed to teach social behaviors in a safe and friendly environment. Each lesson provides a model for children to imitate and activities to practice the skills. The approach is based on Structured Learning, a holistic teaching method that provides a framework for systematic teaching of a skill in a way that is similar to academics. The emphasis is to provide alternative behavioral options to increase effective social interactions. For the K-3rd group the curriculum is based on "Think Social: A Social Thinking Curriculum for School-Age Students."

Structured Learning consists of four basic components:

  • Modeling

  • Role Playing

  • Discussion of Performance

  • Practice in Real-life Situations

​​The group format, length of time spent on each topic, and the order in which skills are introduced will depend largely on the needs of the group members.​

Group Leader: 
Dr. Jaime Maurella 
PsyD, LCP 

Dr. Maurella is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist experienced in providing services to children and adults. Dr. Maurella completed both her Master’s and Doctoral degrees at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Undergraduate studies include a double major in Criminal/Social Justice and Psychology, graduating with honors from Lewis University. Dr. Maurella works with children as young as three, adolescents, and adults. She has advanced clinical training in play therapy, adoption issues, and parenting strategies for parenting difficult children. Her ability to effectively engage children and teens in the counseling process and clinical expertise on unique issues ranging from ADHD to developmental disorders to mood and anxiety disorders makes her a well-qualified therapist with children, adolescents, and families. She has prior experience in working with children in the school setting and is knowledgeable regarding current ‘peer culture’ dynamics. 

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