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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, 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 6-10 (no more than 10) 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, 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 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 (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 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 September 1st.  Ages 8-14 will meet from 3:30-4:15 pm.  If your child is out of this age range, but you're interested in participating in a social skills group, please Contact Us Here and we can explore adding them to our current class or add an additional social skills group where there is a need.

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

Group Time:

Ages 8-14 - 3:30-4:15pm

2022 Fall Class Dates (Now Enrolling):

September - 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

October - 6th, 13th, 27th (No Class 10/20)

November - 3rd, 10th* (*End of Class Celebration)

2022 Summer Class Dates (Currently In Session: Registration is CLOSED):

June - 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd (No Class 6/30 in observance of 4th of July)

July - 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

August - 4th, 11th* (*End of Class Celebration) 

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; 10 classes of group instruction, materials for class, and end of class celebration. 

Fall Payment Schedule (Now Enrolling):

Due at Registration - $117

October 1st - $117 (auto-billed)

November 1st - $117 (auto-billed)

Summer Payment Schedule (Currently In Session: Registration is CLOSED): 

Due at Registration - $117 

July 1st - $117 (auto-billed) 

August 1st - $117 (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 $117 on 7/1 and 8/1 for 2022 Summer Sessions and/or 10/1, 11/1 2022 Fall Sessions. 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. 

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.  If you need a receipt to reimburse for Gardiner/Family Empowerment Scholarship, just let us know and we can get it to you! 

COVID Safety Precautions:
This class will meet indoor in a large open space with good ventilation. Face masks are 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.   Additional questions? Please feel free to Contact Us Here.

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