Elementary School Groups

Does this describe your elementary school-age son?

  • Has a hard time in unstructured social settings like recess or outside play
  • Has a tendency to “police” other kids and want to dictate the rules
  • Can be inflexible when interacting with peers
  • Perceive himself as the victim when his words/behaviors have upset his peer
  • Enjoys being around other boys but has trouble engaging with them
  • Seem to sometimes “lack a filter” or not pick up on social cues
  • Relates better to younger children and adults than his similar-age peers
  • Finds it easier to engage in screen-based activities to spending time with peers

Children in elementary school develop both social and executive functioning skills through engaging in unstructured, reciprocal play.   This can be challenging for many boys who present with ADHD, learning differences and those who present with ADHD and anxiety.

Ride the Wave Counseling is the only provider of groups for boys who present specifically with ADHD or ADHD with anxiety.

Our elementary school groups focus on teaching social executive functioning skills through reciprocal play.  Our groups are engaging and fun.  We do not sit around and talk about “social skills” or role play scripted, socially appropriate behaviors. 

Beginning in September we will have a 5th-grade specific group as 5th grade is often a difficult year for the boys we work with.

Topics covered in our elementary school groups include:

  • Understanding other’s thoughts and feelings and how you come across to others
  • Developing situational awareness (reading a room)
  • Learning to be more flexible around play and going along with what others want to do
  • Sharing an imagination (learning how to share ideas, etc. and collaborate)
  • Being able to take directions from peers and give directions without being bossy
  • Engaging in reciprocal play instead of parallel play
  • Showing an interest in other boys in ways that sound natural (aka not sounding like you walked out of a social skills group)
  • Putting problems in a relevant context and engaging in independent problem solving skills
  • Having reciprocal conversations rather than just talking at others about your interests

Please reach out to us to discuss how we can help your son be socially successful.