Good Friends Social Skills

For one week of each school holiday, Abacus will run a social skills group program for children who need to practise the skills required, and often expected, when playing and working with peers, or interacting in their community. The aim of the program is to teach skills that are vital for everyday relationships, in essence, learning to make friends and be a good friend. The children will practise social skills used in particular situations and the social reasoning behind these skills. The types of skills that would be targeted include:

  • Relaxation and coping strategies to better handle anxiety
  • How to make and keep friendships
  • Learning rules about playing games with peers, such as winning and losing, following the instructions, taking turns, and the game ending
  • Identifying emotions in self and empathising with peers
  • How to respond to verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Practising social language


To be held at Abacus Learning Centre, 215 High Street, Hastings (enter via Western Port Secondary College main gate and follow the signs, right then left, to the Abacus building).


Tuesday 10 April 2018
Wednesday 11 April 2018
Thursday 12 April 2018
5-7 years old 9am - 12pm
8-10 years old 1pm - 4pm
Tuesday 10 July 2018
Wednesday 11 July 2018
Thursday 12 July 2018
5-7 years old 9am - 12pm
8-10 years old 1pm - 4pm
Tuesday 2 October 2018
Wednesday 3 October 2018
Thursday 4 October 2018
5-7 years old 9am - 12pm
8-10 years old 1pm - 4pm



If interested, please download and complete the intake form (see below) and return via email as soon as possible. Places will be confirmed with families in around three to four weeks.

Further information

Find out more about our Good Friends

Intake Form

Please complete and send to our office