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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Friendship

Friendship

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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Cooperation

Cooperation

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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Empathy

Empathy

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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All Aboard! Purposeful play with Board Games



Board games provide opportunities to develop the basic but vital social emotional skills needed to be successful in the 21st century.

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Put on your Building Cap!

Building toys are keys that open up imaginations.They also serve as tools to develop and practice fundamental early learning skills. But perhaps more importantly, building materials lend themselves perfectly for practicing social skills!
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Smart, Sweet & Silly: 12 Must-Read Picture Books for Social Learning

12 Children’s book selections that get right to the heart of 3 critical social-emotional components, Self-Esteem, Self-Regulation & Perspective Taking.
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9 Easy Peasy Sensory Play Recipes for Kids to Make Together in Minutes!

Here’s a list of 10 super simple recipes the kids can make together and ideas for how play can be extended after making their creations.
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3 No Fail Tabletop Games for Tween Social Skills Groups

Playing games in a group is a highly effective way to give the kids an excuse to be silly and have fun while at the same time, covertly developing and practicing critical social skills.

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Meet Diana

Hi! I’m the founder of South Bay Kids Connection!

I have been so lucky to have worked with and learned from so many different families, schools and cultures that have inspired me to create SBKC.

My career started at the prestigious New England Center for Children, where I obtained my Master Degree in Special Education, as I worked with students with intense needs in a residential setting. I continued my journey in Manhattan, this time working with the little ones in the Early Intervention program. After obtaining my Behavior Analyst Certification in 2000, I moved to Madrid, Spain where I served families as a BCBA consultant.

Since moving to the South Bay in 2010, I have had the great opportunity to work in and understand the school system inside and out both as a professional and a parent. One thing that alarmed me was that due to the school academic schedule, kids had very little time to hone their social and cooperative play skills. It was either structured academic learning or a free for all at recess time.

I knew I had to form a fun and welcoming environment that provided the right positive support for kids to develop and practice the critical skills they need to form meaningful friendships. Social connections are directly related to long term health and happiness and that is the ultimate goal of South Bay Kids Connection.

Diana Cortese
South Bay Kids Connection Founder
Board Certified Behavior Analyst


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