SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP
WHAT ARE SOCIAL
Social skill groups can offer tremendous benefits for your child as he/she acquires vital skills to manage everyday activities as well as skills that would support them for the rest of their lives.
From learning how to greet a person they want to start a conversation with and keeping a conversation going, to learning to take turns while speaking – these are subtle but extremely important aspects of communication.
The purpose of social groups is to promote independence and enhance social skills in a naturalistic environment for students with autism and related disorders while being integrated with neuro-typical peers who will serve as peer models for social skills training.
ROLE OF SOCIAL
With an interactive learning format and experienced staff who facilitate learning in both controlled and natural environments, our mission is to empower our clients with the tools they need to succeed in the social world.
Social skill groups are small groups, typically consisting of about two to eight children. They are led by an adult, usually a trained therapist. The focus of the group is to help children learn how to interact appropriately with others their age. In a social skills group, children learn how to communicate, develop new friendships, acquire problem-solving skills, gain control over their emotions, and pay attention to other people's point of view.
Social group facilitators design various activities such as role-playing, games, educational exercises, etc., which help children learn how to navigate various social situations. The activities are targeted to the specific problem the child may be facing. Occasionally, children may find it difficult to start a conversation and other times, they may struggle to keep the conversation going. Taking part in social groups helps them learn from their peers and allows them to understand body language.
To accomplish this, we offer the following data-driven, evidence-based treatment approaches:
Comprehensive multidisciplinary program
Interactive learning format
Opportunities to learn in both controlled and natural environments