Social Skills

Social skill sessions are offered in a supportive peer group enviornment, this approach strategically educates, and allows for practical application and practice to master age-typical social interactions. Social skills are essential life skills and are imperative to our happiness, success and well being. They are necessary to get along with others and to create and maintain satisfying relationships.

Some kids seem to learn social skills easily, but to others it can be very difficult. Most people can benefit from some extra help. Struggles with social skills are also a primary deficit for children on the Autism Spectrum, and a common problem associated with many other disabilities and challenges.

Almost everyone struggles with friendship issues, whether it’s trying to find a friend in a new school, how to handle a disagreement, or even trying to ask a question. These kinds of experiences are very common, and can also be very painful. Social skills are about being able to flexibly adjust our behavior to fit a particular situation and our personal needs and desires.

Some of the benefits of learning age-appropriate social skills:

Decrease AnxietyImprove Self-EsteemLearn EmpathyHappiness (Quality of Life)Communicate ClearlyResolve ConflictsTeamworkBetter RelationshipsAcademic ImprovementWorkplace Success

Our social skills programs have a foundation of Applied Behavior Analysis, but incorporate mental health strategies for a whole-person approach that fits a child’s age and abilities.

Our team of Behavior Analysts and Clinicians have a vast repertoire of tools and resources to help people reach their maximum potential in social interactions with peers. We teach people communication skills, active listening, friend-making, reading non-verbal social cues, and networking abilities.

Our program increases self-esteem, daily functional skills, and social awareness using the following techniques:

In-depth assessment and observation of the client in their natural environment, in order to identify specific social skill deficits.Introduction of social skill concepts needing improvement, utilizing our extensive curriculum.Teaching techniques such as modeling and role playing to master the skill.Transfer the practice of skills to the natural environment within a peer group, with the behavior therapist present.Ultimately, the behavior therapist decreases their involvement so that the client’s peers become reinforcing themselves.