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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 14 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 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, Welcoming Hearts, Life Disability 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 and teens 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 6-8 (no more than 10) kids per group.  Kids are grouped together based on age and cognitive ability.  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, autism spectrum disorder, downs syndrome, anxiety, etc.  A diagnosis is not required to attend.

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 in music, art, games, 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, role play, team discussions, and unstructured play.  

Our group will also participate in our fun Halloween Dress-Up Recital at LPGA International (child +1 is included in the tuition of the class) and a fun end of class Christmas party to celebrate our progress and success!  Students will work together to create something to perform at recital!

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 (45 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?
Contact Us Here or Call 386-320-7762

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

What's the cost?

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

We welcome kids and teen to our social skills group where we will learn and practice new social skills in a welcoming, positive, and friendly environment. Beachside Music will host a 10-week group that will be developed and tailored to meet the group participant's needs and will focus on increasing peer interactions, making friends, and navigating social situations through discussions, demonstrations, practice, and fun activities (such as music, art, games, projects, etc).  Our group will take place on Thursday afternoons beginning October 7th and will meet from 3:30-4:15 pm.  Ages 8-13 (if your child is out of this age range, please Contact Us Here and we can explore adding an additional social skills group where there is a need).

Participants will also participate in our Halloween Dress-Up Recital (they will work together to plan and practice what they'd like to perform) and a fun Christmas party during our last class.

Our group will be hosted in our clinic space located in the Sunshine Plaza - 2400 S Ridgewood Ave #32 South Daytona 32119.

Group Time:

Ages 8-13 - 3:30p-4:15p

Class Dates:

October - 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th* (*Halloween Recital)

November - 4th, 11th, & 18th (No Class 11/25) 

December - 2nd, 9th, & 16th* (*Christmas Party) 

This 10-week class series will cost $35.10 per class, billed into three payment of $117 via auto-billing with $117 due at registration. Class tuition will include; 7.5 hours of group instruction, a  fun performance opportunity at our Halloween Recital (including two tickets to Recital, student plus one), and an end of Class Party.

Payment Schedule: 

Due at Registration - $117

November 1st - $117 (auto-billed)

December 1st - $117 (auto-billed)

Note: This group can be reimbursed through The Family Empowerment Scholarship (formerly known as the Gardiner Scholarship) and may be covered under CMS, StayWell, and Sunshine insurance plans.  If you need a receipt to reimburse for Gardiner/Family Empowerment Scholarship, just let us know and we can get it to you! 

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 $117 on 11/1 and 12/1. If payment is not made within 5 days of the above dates, a $30 late fee will added to that payment amount.  

Please note that absences are INCLUDED and make-up sessions will not be available. In the event of sickness or travel, please notify the office at least 24hrs before class. With prior notification of an absence, class can be offered to your student virtually via Zoom Meeting. 

COVID Safety Precautions:
This class will meet indoor in a large open space with good ventilation. Face masks are optional, but not required. If you or anyone in your home are feeling ill or have a fever, please do not come to class. Let us know as soon as possible if you cannot attend class in person and we will do our best to set up a Zoom meeting so they can still attend class virtually. Additional questions? Please feel free to Contact Us Here.

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

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