What do we mean by "social skills"?
Social Skills are:
- Rules for interaction with others
- Behaviors that predict important social outcomes like love and happiness
- A vehicle for cognitive and language skills
What is Social Skills Training?
Social skills training uses behavioral principles to teach your child the skills they need to interact sucessfully with others.
What does a successful "social skills" program consist of?
- Social Skills Instruction - teaching the nuts and bolts of social behaviors and friendship making
- Community Integration/Participation - interacting and integrating with typical peers (in the form of peer modeling)
- Activites and incentive programs to promote generalization and practice of skills in the situations where they are needed (such as social skill groups)
- Parent involvement
A Social Skills Training program can help your child:
- Feel more comfortable around typical peers (decrease anxiety in social situations)
- Learn the behaviors which can help them to be accepted in their peer groups and community
- Increase Social Confidence
How old should my child be before beginning a structued social skills training program?
The typical age range for social skills training is elementary/middle/high school age (6-18).
Are their any other prerequisites?
Yes, your child should be in a mainstreamed classroom and/or have a verbal repertoire.
How do I enroll in a social skills training program?
To fill out an intake packet click here