Benefits of Social Skills Training Program for Teens

Social skills groups play an important role for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, especially as they enter their adolescent and teenage years. Teens on the autism spectrum face difficulties in understanding and complying with various social norms. As they enter their teen years, they tend to see that they may be different from their peers in certain years.

Therefore, these years can be very sensitive and emotional for both children and parents as well.

Breakdown of a social skills group:

Size: Social skills groups are lead by a trained therapist, typically consisting of about 2 to 8 children.

Focus: The focus of the group is to help children learn how to interact appropriately with others their age. Such groups can begin at an early young age and work up to the teenage years.

What Teenagers/Young Adults learn: In a social skills group, teenagers learn how to communicate, develop new friendships, acquire problem-solving skills, gain control over their emotions, and learn to pay attention to other people's point of view.

Benefits of a social skills group in teens with ASD:

  • The aim of the social skills group is to help your child initiate conversations, understand social etiquettes, identify their peers, learn when to start and stop conversations, handle rejections and conflicts with peers. For instance, children are taught how to introduce themselves and later are advised to do the same in a group with others.

  • Social skills programs for teens on the Autism Spectrum provides them long-lasting benefits such as continued growth in social communication, maintaining relationships and understanding others’ perspective.

  • Social skills groups promote independence and enhance social skills in a naturalistic environment, while being integrated with neurotypical peers who will serve as peer models for social skills training.

  • Social skills groups offer immense support for your child as he acquires vital skills to manage everyday activities, along with skills that would support him for the rest of his life.

  • Taking part in social groups helps children learn from their peers and allows them to understand body language and the way to react accordingly.

  • Teens learn important aspects of communication such as greeting others, keeping a conversation going, listening, waiting for their turn to speak, etc.

Social Skills Groups At Stepping Stones:

  • Social group facilitators at Stepping Stones design various activities such as role-playing, educational exercises, etc. to help children learn the art of maneuvering various social situations.

  • Each activity is personalized and targeted to the specific problem your child may be facing.

  • When the class starts, our social skills facilitators go through all the necessary rules of social behavior.

  • We teach our children through easy lessons, role-playing activities. We also give them assignments to practice various social skills outside the class.

For more information regarding sensory therapy, cognitive skills, behavior therapy, developmental disorders, and early intervention, please contact Stepping Stones Center. We emphasize on acquiring new and appropriate behaviors, while also working on helping the child achieve developmentally age-appropriate milestones through evidence-based practices.

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