SBKC is a place to discover the joy of being with others. Children strengthen their friendship skills and improve the quality of their social interactions in a group that promotes kindness and builds self-esteem. Out of the box, fun activities center on teamwork, problem solving as well as social and self-awareness. In today’s competition obsessed culture, SBKC helps kids feel the value in playing with others over playing against others.

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Developing meaningful and positive peer relationships among our members is central to SBKC. Research has shown that early peer relationships set the stage for later social interactions and significantly affect happiness and self-esteem.

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Working together to accomplish something produces better results than working alone which is why we emphasize teamwork with all our activities. Exchanging and communicating ideas allows kids to benefit from their friends’ strengths and talents.

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The ability to understand and share the feelings of others is a key predictor of later success. It not only helps children be understanding of others; it helps them understand the world around them. Empathy paves the way for kindness and compassion.

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Children increase and strengthen peer relationships through participating in group activities that enhance their interpersonal skills and increase a positive sense of self.

All groups are facilitated by experienced Behavior Analysts and are kept small to ensure that the individual needs of our students are being met. Everyone in the group is valued and our worlds are brightened by getting to know each other. We target specific social skills into each purposeful activity we plan. Cooperative games and activities provide a fun way to promote flexibility, kindness and teamwork.

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Why did I form SBKC?

Too often social skills are taught as lessons that children are supposed to memorize. When asked, the children can tell you what the rules are, how to identify emotions or state the “correct” answer when given a hypothetical situation. However, they are unable to put these skills into practice. SBKC embeds all those vital social skills and nuances to learn into natural activities and games. The children actually use the skills because they are learning naturally that they are beneficial to them. They do not even realize they are working on social skills, they are just having fun!

What will my child learn in SBKC?

SBKC has a comprehensive social skills curriculum and will communicate to you what we worked on each week. Our goal is to teach the children the social skills that will help them make friends not just in the context of our small group but for any social opportunity that comes their way!

What happens after I apply online?

We will contact you to set up a brief phone conversation to provide more information about the group as well as answer any questions and learn more about your child.

Do I stay with my child?

Parents are welcome to stay for the first few minutes of the group as your child needs but then are encouraged to give them their independence to allow them to develop their social confidence.

About Me

Having worked with children of almost every age group and ability level throughout my career, I’ve found the most joyful experiences are those when children connect with each other in a positive, meaningful way.

For many children it’s not easy to step out of their comfort zone, change their routines or cooperate with others. My goal with SBKC is to provide a safe, kind, yet structured environment where each child feels nurtured and motivated to play, communicate and be silly with each other.

Diana Cortese
South Bay Kids Connection Founder
Board Certified Behavior Analyst


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