Group therapy focuses on teaching social and communication skills to children with Special needs. These sessions are conducted in small groups consisting of 2 or more kids, who will be directed by a trained therapist. Children are grouped together on the basis of their age, linguistic skill and social- emotions aspects.
These sessions complement other therapies and help children become productive members of society. Group therapy can have several advantages, including : –
- In a social group, children learn how to behave in a social situation.
- They can learn about the importance of friendship and companionship
- Improve their social participation.
- Help in the reduction of anxiety symptoms and depression to an extent.
- Group therapy help children to follow the rules of a game and develop their cooperative play skills
- This encourages children to communicate well.
- Learning of social rules such as greeting others, understanding humour and understanding emotions of others.
- Help them to interpret nonverbal and verbal communication cues.
- Prepare them to follow the rules and thus help them to enroll in a social system.
- Help to reduce behavioural deviations to an extent.
- The development of social skills can help them to be successful in academic and vocational settings.
- Develop their empathy, helping and sharing skills.
- Increase participation in recreational activities.