Group therapy gives therapists an opportunity to see how kids relate to one another in a group setting. For kids struggling with social interaction, poor social skills, or inattentiveness, the group setting offers the therapist a chance to help kids work through their obstacles with other kids as they occur. When a child struggles with social interaction skills, parents often seek help to improve the child’s ability to communicate and connect with others. In individual therapy, the child will work on specific goals to address these skills. An example might be making one new friend by initiating a conversation and using active listening skills. This helps the child practice a specific skill set. In a group setting, however, the child has the opportunity to work on these skills with other kids in the room. If a child struggles with social interaction skills because of anxiety, the child can work on initiating a conversation with another child in the safety of the group.
Special education, or special needs education, is the practice of educating students with special needs in a way that addresses their individual differences and needs. Special education is the individually planned and systematically monitored arrangement of teaching procedures, adapted equipment and materials, accessible settings, and other interventions designed to help learners with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency and success in school and community than would be available if the student were only given access to a typical classroom education.