The Behavioral Skills Training Group offers focused behavioral teaching of age-appropriate social skills. Children and adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may have difficulties in social interaction. Groups of 6 to 8 children meet for 90 minutes a week for seven weeks. The program is facilitated by ACET staff.

Caregiver/Parent Coaching Groups are offered simultaneously. In the parent group, parents will learn behavioral techniques and interventions based on social learning approaches to behavior management. Children between the ages of 6-14 may participate based on enrollment. Treatment goals are individualized for the group, and children are grouped by age and social challenges. The following list illustrates examples of targeted skills:

  • Initiating cooperative ventures
  • Initiating conversation
  • Participating in a group
  • Interrupting appropriately
  • Giving/accepting negative feedback
  • Making/keeping friends
  • Listening during conversation
  • Following instructions/rules
  • Solving problems/negotiating
Social Skills Training Details

Social Skills Training Details

Social Skills Training Dates

Tuesday evenings, 5 - 6:30pm

  • Fall 2019: October 8 - November 19
  • Winter 2020: February 4 - March 17

Session Types

Purpose of Child Sessions

The purpose of this group is to teach specific social skills that will improve children’s ability to act positively and effectively in school, at home, and with peers. After learning specific social skills, children practice the skills in a safe, accepting atmosphere. Teachers are also involved in the reinforcement of social skills outside of the group to foster carryover.

Parent/Teenage Collaboration Groups

Developmentally appropriate exercises foster good communication skills and following activity rules and role-plays encourage use of skills outside the group. Adolescents and their parents work on parent-teenager negotiation techniques that can improve quality of relationships, and they practice these techniques during mediated sessions with ACET staff members.

Purpose of Parent Sessions

The purpose of the parent coaching group is to teach behavioral strategies and interventions that can be used at home, with siblings, at school, with friends, and in various settings where children diagnosed with ADHD tend to have difficulties. Parents will be asked to participate in sessions, role-play, complete various assignments, and rate their child’s success with each skill weekly. Furthermore, parents will be involved with practicing reciprocal skills with their child. Topics for these sessions include, but are not limited to: using descriptive statements, direct commands, labeled rewards and other effective strategies for behavior management.

Application Process

Application Process


Several conditions help to insure that participants receive the greatest benefit. First, children must attend all seven sessions. Second, parents must complete the Application for Participation form. The application helps focus parent’s main concerns and helps the group leaders structure the sessions to optimize the children’s experience. Finally, we ask that parents participate in the parent coaching groups while their child participates in the social skills class.


It is the patient’s responsibility to check with their insurance provider regarding benefits and co-pays for group and family therapy. These sessions will be billed under Dr. Michael Manos as the provider. Parent sessions will be billed as CPT code 90849. Children sessions will be billed as CPT code 90853. Both codes will be used for the seven sessions.

Application Process

Please note that application deadlines are two weeks prior to the start of each group.

Parents will then be contacted for the pre-group telephone screening to verify appropriate placement. Call Hilary Parsons, Group Facilitator at 216.445.7574 ext. 3 with any specific questions.