We empower your child by improving their social skills

Stronger Social Skills, Improved Confidence, and Enhanced Problem-Solving Skills

Does your child exhibit difficulties navigating the social world? Do they find it difficult to participate in group activities? Difficulties in social cognition might result in exclusion, alienation, or poor self-image. Our social cognitive therapy delivered via individual or group sessions can help your child make sense of how the world interacts, manage the nuances of relationships, reduce stress and anxiety in social situations, and deal with positive and negative emotions while developing their sense of self. 

Social cognition is the ability to process information within social contexts. It refers to how people think about themselves and others. 

Kids work on Social Cognitive Therapy

Our social cognitive therapy aims at achieving the following goals:

Teaching children to learn through their own experiences and those of others

Promoting cooperative social connections

Developing a child’s self confidence

Creating sustainable social environments for children

Empowering a child to contribute to the group

Eliminating physical and psychological barriers to social engagement

Cognitive Therapy for Social Skills

Difficulties with social environmental processing are often associated with:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 
  • Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD)

  • Social Communication Disorder (SCD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Talented & Gifted/Twice-Exceptional
  • Social anxiety, depression, and/or low self-esteem

Our therapists work with a variety of children experiencing diagnosed or undiagnosed social learning challenges. 

What Qualifies a Child for Social Cognitive Therapy?

The signs of social-cognitive challenges can range from subtle to overt. They may include difficulties in any of the following:

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Children might have difficulty in perceiving social cues to make judgments about social roles, rules, relationships, context, or characteristics. Such children might experience: 

  • Difficulty interpreting body language and facial expressions 
  • Decreased listening and reading comprehension skills making it hard to understand the point of what is being said
  • Difficulty utilizing verbal and nonverbal language to share about their interests as well as using these experiences to connect with others. 
  • Difficulty understanding and explaining their own perspective as well as understanding another’s point of view
  • Difficulty  initiating and maintaining friendships


Children with weaker social interactions often face interpretation difficulties. This may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Difficulty with abstract language, including verbal problem solving (why, when, how do you know?), double meanings, innuendos, jokes, and colloquialisms (such as “You hit the nail on the head”)
  • Decreased ability in understanding, expressing, or processing feelings and emotions
  • Difficulty using language to greet people, request information, or gain attention


Children may have difficulty in responding to others, handling criticism, or answering questions. Such children might experience: 

  • Difficulty responding to bids for engagement from others
  • Ineffective use of their non-verbal language 
  • Impulsivity, maladaptive behavior, decreased self-regulation
  • Difficulty answering open-ended questions, such as “What happened?”

Why Choose KidSense for Social Cognitive Therapy?

We are well-equipped to help your child develop meaningful social interactions.

  • Safe and Supportive Environment: We provide a safe, supportive and fun environment that children find encouraging and enjoyable. Our therapists approach their clients and sessions from a place of love, and our clients feel it!
  • Variety : KidSense offers a range of individual social learning services and groups that accommodate clients from ages 3 to adult. Clients are provided recommendations that will best help them meet their goals and support their needs.

  • Family Involvement:  Family involvement is an integral part of our program and helps lead to success. As part of each weekly session, we provide parent/caregiver education. 
  • Mindful Grouping: Our groups are composed of clients who are matched according to a variety of factors which can include their age, social cognitive level, level of social awareness, as well as interests. We are very careful to structure our groups to ensure that the lessons are appropriately geared to all members of a group. 

  • Client-focused Solutions: At KidSense we work to utilize a child’s strengths to build the skills and tailor the support for our clients so that they can find success. We extend our services beyond direct services with the client to include education and training for caregivers and teachers/professionals who work closely with the child and team.

What is Involved in an Evaluation for Social Cognitive Therapy?

Effective Evaluation to Achieve Realistic and Measurable Goals

We complete a dynamic assessment that includes observations that assist us in matching them in the best placement and determine the appropriate roadmap of services. The prerequisites for a client participating in a social-cognitive group of two or more clients may include:

  • Ability to focus on an activity for 10-15 minutes
  • Strong language skills
  • Ability to follow directions that are appropriate for group dynamics given support
  • Ability to self regulate around peers with support

Social Cognitive Therapy at KidSense

We Empower your Child

We offer social cognitive services that focus on supporting the diversity within social intelligence. Our goal is not to teach ways to mimic neurotypical socialization, but rather to support each client’s social development through a focus on perspective taking skills, which teach the “why” and the “how” behind the social world in order to build upon an individual’s social competencies. Our therapists apply methods and philosophies learned through continuing education, specific training programs, and their clinical experience to best meet their client’s needs. Teaching, learning, reacting, and self-discovery are all common tasks in social cognitive therapy. Children can take part in a variety of activities, including:

  • Group discussions
  • Interactive games that lead to collaborative work 
  • Multi-session projects 
  • Cooking activities
  • Sports, activities, and performances that necessitate teamwork

External Cognitive Therapy Resources, Parents and Caregivers

Resources do not supplement an evaluation and treatment plan created by a licensed therapist and should be used for informational purposes only.

Frequently Asked Questions

KidSense Locations

KidSense Therapy Group has 2 Convenient locations in Milford and Danbury CT which serve our greater New Haven County area as well as the greater Fairfield County area. Both locations are fully staffed with both therapists as well as administrative professionals.

209 Cherry St, Milford, CT 06460
29 Federal Rd. Danbury, CT 06810
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