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Buddy Club: ages 4 - 12

We are currently enrolling for all Social Skills and Community Integration groups which will start the first week of September. All groups run from 4pm - 6pm on the group's designated day. Please call or email for more information and to reserve your spot.

Buddy Club is a social skills and community integration program for children between the ages of 4-12 years old. This program is designed to create the opportunity for positive peer interactions and successful community integration experiences. Children who demonstrate the following challenges would benefit from our Buddy Club program:

  • Personal Space and Body Language
  • Unexpected social interactions
  • Shy/fearful interactions or overly friendly advances towards others
  • Difficulty participating in community outings or playdates
  • Difficulty in developing and maintaining friendships
  • Difficulty with expected social responses

Buddy Club meets once per week at our Clubhouse or venues in the community such as parks, libraries, bowling alleys, recreational centers and more. The children participate in small peer groups of generally 3 to 6 that are formed by age and ability. These groups are given personalized attention by a team of pediatric occupational therapists, physical therapists or speech and language pathologists trained in social skills. Our therapists may also have experience or training in Social Thinking, DIR/Floortime, Sensory Integration, and play therapy. The children participate in 2 hours of fun-filled activities which focus on a curriculum of specific social skills including:

Greeting & sharing Body Language
Cooperative & interactive play Sportsmanship
Making friends Understanding & Expressing Emotions
Participating in conversations Self awareness
Avoiding & resolving conflictsBeing brave & facing fears
Taking turns Bullying

Parent collaboration and education is provided through weekly 15 minute parent meetings and triannual 2 hour parent meetings along with social stories and viewing of video clips from Buddy Club sessions. Our therapists also provide "coached" snacks and play dates with parents to help them gain confidence, learn what strategies and community venues are successful for their child, and learn about group management.

Buddy Club is excited to again be offering a 4 year old group, specifically designed for this age group. The group will run similarly to a regular Buddy Club group, but will spend more time in the Clubhouse and will address age-appropriate skills related to play development, peer awareness, and the basic building blocks of social skills such as personal space, body language and sharing.

To enroll your child in any of these programs, click here to obtain the intake form.
All forms can be emailed to us at buddyclub@ptnmail.org or faxed to 310-328-7058
or mailed to
Pediatric Therapy Network - Buddy Club
1815 W. 213th Street, Suite 100
Torrance, CA 90501.

You may also contact the Buddy Club Hotline at 310-328-0276 X348 for additional information.

Scholarship opportunities are not currently available at this time but may become available at a later date. They will be awarded on a case by case basis to families that demonstrate financial need. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please submit an intake form, a letter of need, and a copy of your latest income tax return to buddyclub@ptnmail.org.

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