Social Skills Services

Research has indicated that having ‘social competence’, the social skills and behaviours needed to be socially acceptable, is a primary determinant of future success and happiness.  Social skills are not inherently acquired – they must be learned.  Children, youth, and young adults who have Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD may need even more guidance than others to develop appropriate social skills.

Effective Social Skills Programs
Research has demonstrated that there are features of effective social skills programs:
-Provides direct skill instruction to teach prosocial skills
-Instruction involves modelling and coaching, role-playing, performance feedback and reinforcement
-Provides cueing and reinforcement of positive behaviours that help with generalized behaviour change
-Guides children to recognize stress and anger and learn how to respond appropriately to stressful situations
-Helps children to develop problem solving skills
-The children attend regularly, participate actively, and complete ‘home assignments’ to practice with their families
-Involves the parents in modelling and reinforcing the social skills at home through ‘home assignments’
-Teachers are involved in modeling and reinforcing the social skills in the classroom

Social Skills Services – Find Help in Your Community

If you are looking for counselling services from a psychologist in Alberta to help develop social skills, go to the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) to find a psychologist with the specialization you are looking for

Some community agencies have social skills and recreation programs that specifically support individuals with LD/ADHD. Other agencies have services and programs to assist with social skills development for a broader audience. Individuals with LD/ADHD might also benefit by attending these programs.

Disclaimer: The Learning Disabilities & ADHD Network does not support, endorse or recommend any specific method, treatment, product, remedial centre, program, or service provider for people with learning disabilities or ADHD. It does, however, endeavour to provide impartial and, to the best of our knowledge, factual information for persons with Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD.

Social Skills Programs in Calgary Region

Foothills Academy – Community Services 
Amicus Recreation Programs: Recreational programs for children and youth 8 – 16 with LD & ADHD. All programs have a social skills component. Programs are offered during the evening and on Saturdays. New sessions begin fall, winter and spring. Financial assistance available for qualified families.
Camp Amicus: During the summer, Camp Amicus offers overnight, day camps and teen leadership programs for children and youth (8 – 18) with LD and ADHD. Programs focus on developing social skills, self-confidence and self-esteem. Some programs eligible for FSCD funding and some families eligible for financial assistance through Foothills Academy.
Psychological Groups:
Small group programs for children and youth facilitated by registered provisional psychologists.

CanLearn Society
Calm Kids Happy Families: This program is designed for parents and can help any child experiencing social problems, behavioral challenges, anxiety, depression, as well as those with attention deficit disorders or who are on the autism spectrum. Helping families manage their social and emotional well-being is an important part of what we do.

Family Psychology Place
Provides Social Skills therapy for children and adults through individualized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or a Social Skills Group.

Cherrington Sawers
Social Skills Groups
Children in group will get the chance to practice and, more importantly, be successful with a variety of activities they may struggle with in larger groups settings (Birthday parties, Classrooms, Sports activities.) Their Social Skills groups are offered in Ten-week blocks, three times per year, once or twice per week (twice recommended).

Moroz Child Psychology Group
Social Skills Groups

The underlying philosophy of the approach at Moroz Child Psychology is to teach children intellectually what comes intuitively to their peers in the social sense. Their social skills training programs groups are comprised of only four to six children of similar age, personality, and areas in need of support.

Skills to Learn
Skills To Learn Inc. offers programs for children who are 6-13 years old who require support in improving their social cognition. They offer weekly, small group programs, with similarly aged peers. Their programs offer a parent education component to help with the generalization of skills outside of the classroom.
Their program curriculum uses elements of the Social Thinking Curriculum by Michelle Garcia Winner, The Zones Of Regulation by Leah Kuypers, R.O.P.E.S by Patricia Schetter and Unstuck and On Target by Lynn Cannon, Katie Alexander, Monica Adler Werner and Laura Anthony. We are approved as a Developmental-Behavioral Aide Service Provider and can direct bill to FSCD for those families approved for funding.

Positive Kids
Positive Kids specializes in helping children acquire social and emotional skills. Their children span from every day kids to children who may have special needs. Regardless of the challenge, their Child counsellors and Child therapists are trained to offer both individual and group counselling to help children understand and Label their Emotions, regulate their Emotions, and Manage their Emotions.
Parents benefit by working with counsellors to establish treatment goals, execute strategies approved by the Child counsellor or Child therapist, and gain insight through session notes and various parent workshops offered throughout the year.


LEARN MORE provides guidance in helping your child to develop appropriate socials skills.
About LD & ADHD Social Skills Challenges provides more information about social skills challenges associated with Learning Disabilities and ADHD

LEARN MORE - How to Find Social Skills Services

Website:  Social Thinking 

Article: Social Skills Programs: Can They Be Effective? Written by Melanie Reader, Manager of Psychological Services & Programs at Foothills Academy.

Article: How ADHD May Be Impacting Your Child’s Social Skills and What You Can Do to Help. Written by Psychology Team at Foothills Academy.