By Tanya Ruckstuhl-Valenti
As a once awkward and nerdy kiddo, I have a great passion for the importance and teachability of social skills. Observing both clients as well as friends, I’m convinced that the capacity to build a tribe of mutual support around us is one of the most important adult tasks of leading a satisfying life. (Yeah, I get a little soap-boxy about this stuff, I know. Just hand me my megaphone please and step back so I don’t hurt your ears.)
Social skills are not taught in educational institutions and if we didn’t come from a socially functional family, it is up to us to develop a framework for understanding why, how, and when to connect.
In two weeks, on March 27th, at 7pm, I’m giving a presentation on social skills called “The Four Conversation Killers” at the monthly ADD Resources Support Group, held at the Homestreet Bank at 8200 35th Ave NE in the Wedgewood neighborhood of north Seattle. The meeting is free and open to the public. You need not have a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder to attend.
I am starting a second monthly social skills group for adults on the first Fridays of the month from 11:30 to 1:00pm, to begin in the next couple months. We will be exploring how to build community and express vulnerability in a safe, supportive environment.
Previous participants have made new friends, taken positive new risks and expanded their social skills and social comfort as a result of this group. Plus it’s a lot of FUN. We laugh and learn.
The cost is $45 per group as well as a one-time $95 intake fee to ensure that the group participants are compatible with one another.
If you are interested in joining or just want more information, please call me at 206 375-7690.