SBKC is a place to discover the joy of being with others. We help children develop friendships skills and improve the quality of their social interactions by promoting kindness, building self-esteem and emphasizing cooperation with others. We engage children in activities that center around team work, problem solving and of course loads of fun! In today’s competition obsessed culture, SBKC values playing with others over playing against others.


Our focus



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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What is SBKC?

SBKC offers social skills groups for children who need help developing the skills that create meaningful and positive peer relationships.

We keep our groups small to ensure the individual needs of our students are being met. Groups are facilitated by trained Behaviorists and meet once a week, on the weekends, for 90 minutes in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Our core curriculum of teaching social skills fundamentals is done through cooperative games, crafts, songs, outside play and activities that emphasize self-awareness as well as awareness of others.

Come Join the fun!


Student tuition fee is $75 per 90-minute class. Students are billed on a monthly basis prior to each new month with tuition being due on the first class of that month. Tuition is based on the number of weeks classes are held per month and is adjusted during months with holidays or a varying number of weeks. You can cancel at any time but there will be no refund or credit for any classes missed.

Registration fee: a one time $20 fee will be applied to all new approved applications.

Apply now to enjoy our limited 50% introductory discount off your first month's tuition.


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!

Who is SBKC for?

SBKC is for children who are experiencing challenges in forming friendships or fitting in group environments. SBKC kids have foundational social skills such as language and the ability to attend to a small group but need the right supportive environment that will specifically target the skills they need to learn and practice.

SBKC is unable to serve students who require significant behavioral intervention. Students who have a limited ability to communicate their needs, exhibit aggressive or eloping behaviors would benefit from a more staff intensive environment than SBKC. If you are unsure if your child is a good fit for our program, please contact us and we will get back to you to help make that determination.

What will my child learn in SBKC?

SBKC has a comprehensive social skills curriculum around which we develop our games and activities. We track your child’s progress every session 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 review the application to determine the appropriate group for your child and get back to you within 2-3 days with further details.

When & where are the sessions held?

Sessions are held weekend mornings at Ryan Park in Palos Verdes, CA. We use the activity room, the patio and the playground area so we can be comfortable inside when sitting down but also enjoy the fresh air during outside play.

What should be my role with the group?

Parents are welcome to stay for the first few minutes of the group but then are encouraged to enjoy their time doing something for themselves, knowing their child is having a great time, engaged in cooperative activities with his/her peers. We ask that you come 10 minutes early when picking up your child so the staff can touch base with you about the session.


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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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