Social Skills Group Program

Does your 7 – 10 year old have trouble making or keeping friends?

Does he or she wonder how to join in group games without feeling awkward?

These are skills that anyone can learn. This program will give your child the opportunity to learn and practice them in a safe, small group environment and gain the confidence he or she needs to thrive socially.
Instructor: Christine Dever of Roots and Wings Education Services

Maximum group size: 10 children

Dates and times: no classes currently scheduled, but if you are interested, please complete the registration form, and when I get enough families interested, I will schedule a class.

Ages: 7 to 9 year olds

Location: at the instructor’s residence in Carleton Place, exact address will be given in confirmation of registration e-mail.

Fees8 monthly payments of $30 per child. Bursaries are available  on request. First payment is due at the first class.

Program Description:

This full year friendship and social skills development program is based on the curriculum found in the book, Wanna Play: Friendship Skills for Preschool and Elementary Grades, by Ruth Herron Ross and Beth Roberts-Pacchione.

For the first half of each class, the children will be led through structured activities and crafts to develop and explore specific skills and concepts, including:

Wanna Play

  • Learning about friendship and how friendships are built
  • Relationships with different types of friends
  • Making eye contact for interaction
  • Using kind words
  • Being a friend
  • Initiating play and appropriately joining a group
  • Accepting other friends’ ideas
  • Personal play space
  • Appropriate body behaviour
  • Modesty and hygiene
  • Interacting in a group
  • Listening, socializing, and learning in a group
  • Sportsmanship, teamwork, and healthy competition
  • Playing games and turn taking
    and more…

For the second half of each class, the children will be given time for free play in order to practice the skills taught during the structured activity time. A parent from each family is required to volunteer for at least five classes (actual number of volunteer weeks will depend on total number of children registered), in order to keep costs down while providing a 1:3 ratio of adults to children; to assist in coaching the children, as necessary, in using the skills they are acquiring; and to learn how to continue coaching their children after the completion of the program.

To Register, please complete this form.

 Please Note: The first class will be an information and training session for parents of children in the program (children do not attend). Parents will also be asked to complete a social skills observation checklist for participating children at the beginning, mid-point, and end of the program, in order to track skill development and to focus on areas of need throughout the year.  


For more information, please e-mail your questions to

Instructor Profile

Christine DeverChristine Dever has a bachelor of Education, is an Ontario Certified Teacher, with an additional qualification in special education, and has taken several university level courses in child development and child psychology. She is the mother of two elementary school-aged children and two teenaged step-children. Christine also has personal interest and experience in the fields of special education and social skills development as she has family members with autism/Asperger’s syndrome.