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Social Skills Group for Kids

Meet The Therapist  
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Ashlee Hughes grew up in New Smyrna Beach, Florida where she studied all types of music from an early age. She completed her bachelor's degree in music therapy at Florida State University. Ashlee has over 17 years of experience serving a variety of populations, including special needs, hospice, acute care medical, premature infants, traumatic brain injury, trauma, stroke, dementia, behavioral health, substance abuse, foster children, juvenile detention, and more. After running a successful hospital music therapy program for over 3 years, Ashlee moved  back to her home community to open Beachside Music Lessons & Therapy in 2016. In addition to music therapy, Ashlee also teaches voice, piano, guitar, saxophone, early childhood music private lessons, small groups, and sip and strum ukulele classes for adults. 


Ashlee is proud to serve her home town community through local organizations like Ormond Beach Mainstreet, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Halifax Behavioral Health, Children's Home Society, Community Action Team, Community Partnership for Children, Welcoming Hearts, Lift Disability Network and more.    

What Are Social Skills Groups?

Social skills groups are small organized groups led by a qualified professional with social skills training to help children and teens with strategies and practice to get along with their peers through better social interactions.  Research shows that structured social skills groups are an essential way to support and teach the necessary skills to help those who struggles with making and maintaining friendships.  Kids who learn social skills feel more confidence and success in interacting with their peers.

Who Can Attend Social Skills Groups?

Group sizes are small, usually around 10-15 kids per group.  Social skills groups are for kids of all ages and levels.

Participants who attend include kids from homeschool, private, public, and sometimes special education schools. Group members are diverse and may have a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, high functioning autism spectrum disorder, social anxiety, etc.  A diagnosis is not required to attend.  Some participants attend to help with shyness and making new friends.  

Our groups are not designed for kids who are aggressive, require 1:1 attention, or have severe medical issues. 

Most of our group members want more friends or longer lasting friendships.

What To Expect In Our Social Skills Groups?

Our social skills groups are designed to provide an opportunity for individuals to practice and improve their social skills in a safe, supportive and structured environment.  Our group will meet weekly and be facilitated by a Board Certified Music Therapist.  Groups will be designed and tailored to meet individual needs, abilities, and preferences.  Participants will learn new concepts and then have an opportunity to practice and demonstrate the new skill.  Groups may include structured lessons, demonstrations, role play, and discussions.  Kids will also participate fun projects, activities, and time for structured and unstructured play to support their exploration of learned social skills in a real life experience with their peers.     


Group goals may include:

  • Effective Communication

  • Problem Solving

  • Boundaries

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Dealing with Emotions

  • Peer Interactions

  • Making Introductions

  • Asking for Help

  • Following Directions

  • Self-control: Stop and Think Before You Act

  • Making Small Talk

  • Resisting Peer Pressure

  • Teasing vs. Bullying

  • Identifying Emotions

  • Personal Space

  • Apologizing

  • Being a Social Detective: Non-verbal cues

  • Flexibility: Being a Fun Player/Dealing with Losing

  • Problem Solving

  • Sharing

  • Being Part of the Group: Collaborating

Members of the group undertake a range of activities to achieve those objectives, including group activities, games, role play, group and team discussions, and unstructured play.  Our goal is to make learning and praticing social skills fun and engaging!  

Our group will also participate in a fun end of class party to celebrate our progress and success!  

How It Works


Sign-up for our Social Skills Class and answer the questions provided so we can match your child with the group that's best for them! Our social skills group meets weekly (50 minutes per week for 10 weeks). Class will be designed to meet the individual needs of those attending each group.

Get ready for class!

You don't have to do anything to get ready for class!  Just show up to our group each week and be ready to try your best and have fun!  All materials needed each sessions will be provided and are included in the cost of class.  Have additional questions?  Contact us here.

Come to class!

Come to class ready to learn and be creative with our new social skills!  We'll be busy during class, so please no snacks or drinks (besides water that has a cap).  

Ready to get started?

Still have questions?
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See what our customers have to say:

“Beachside Music is absolutely amazing. Their teachers makes a fun music lesson plan tailored to each student and their needs which results in their best productivity possible. My daughters have become less shy and show an improvement with their critical thinking skills.”

- Nicole

Beachside Music Lessons and Therapy is proud to present our Social Skills Group! 

Welcome to Beachside Music's social skills group for kids! Our 10-week program is designed to help participants learn and practice new social skills in a positive and environment. We'll focus on increasing peer interactions, making friends, and navigating social situations through discussions, demonstrations, practice, and fun activities such as music, art, games, and projects. Join us on Wednesday afternoons for a great time!

Group Times:

Kids Clubhouse Social Group: Ages 5-11 - Wednesdays 3:30-4:20 pm


Teens Meet Social Group: Ages 12-17 - Wednesdays 4:30-5:20 pm

2024 Fall Class Dates: The REC Center- Port Orange (Now Open for Registration):

August - 14th, 21st, 28th

September - 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

October - 2nd, 9th, 16th* (*End of Class Celebration)

Limited Spots Available, Sign Up Today!

Our Fall class will be hosted at the REC Center located at 4655 City Center Cir, Port Orange, FL 32129


2024 Winter Class Dates (The REC Center- Port Orange):

November - 13th, 20th, 27th

December - 4th, 11th, 18th (No Class 12/25)

January - 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th* (No Class 1/1) (*End of Class Celebration)

Our Winter class will be hosted at the REC Center located at 4655 City Center Cir, Port Orange, FL 32129

2024 Summer Class Dates (Registration is Now Closed):

June - 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

July - 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st (No Class 7/3)

August - 7th, 14th* (*End of Class Celebration)

Our Summer class will be hosted at Beachside Music Lessons & Therapy's Deland office located at 613 E. New York Avenue, Deland, FL 32724

This 10-week class series will cost $40 per class, billed into three payments of $133.35 via auto-billing with $133.35 due at registration. Class tuition will include; 10 classes of group instruction, materials for class, and end of class celebration. 

Fall 2024 Payment Schedule:

Due at Registration - $133.35

September 1st - $133.35 (auto-billed)

October 1st - $133.35 (auto-billed)

Winter 2022 Payment Schedule: 

Due at Registration - $133.35 

December 1st - $133.35 (auto-billed) 

January 1st - $133.35 (auto-billed) 

Summer 2024 Payment Schedule:

Due at Registration - $133.35

July 1st - $133.35 (auto-billed)

August 1st - $133.35 (auto-billed)

All registrations are final. No refunds will be offered nor processed. Please ensure your commitment to this 10-week class series before completing the registration. If you have any questions please CLICK HERE. Upon completion of the below registration you agree to the future payment of $133.35 on 7/1, and 8/1 for the 2024 Summer Sessions, 9/1 and 10/2 for 2024 Fall Sessions and/or $133.35 on 12/1, and 1/1 for 2024 Winter Sessions. If payment is not made within 5 days of the above dates, a $30 late fee will be added to that payment amount.  

Please note that absences are INCLUDED and make-up sessions will not be available. 

Note: This group can be reimbursed through The Family Empowerment Scholarship (formerly known as the Gardiner Scholarship) and may be covered under CMS and Sunshine insurance plans.  Direct billing for The Family Empowerment Scholarship is not available for this class, but we can provide a receipt for reimbursement, just let us know and we can get it to you! 

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Volusia County: Daytona Beach, Ormond  Beach, Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach, Deland, Deltona

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