Social Skills Program

About

Social skills are the tools we think with, and are necessary to function appropriately in our daily lives. Although each individual thinks about and interprets situations differently, we all need the ability to use social thinking to analyze specific situations and apply that information, in order to have successful interactions with other people.

Our social skills program focuses on treating young children and youth critical social skills that they are not picking up from their natural environment. At our clinic we are able to give our clients the opportunity to learn social skills in a structured yet naturalistic setting, with the idea in mind that those skills will then be generalized into their everyday lives and across all settings.

Some of the key components of our curriculum include: initiating peer interactions, turn-taking/sharing, following rules, conflict resolution, social awareness, recognition and utilization of non-verbal cues, emotional regulation, perspective-taking, and maintaining age-appropriate conversations.

Our social skills classes meet once a week for 1 hour. The classes typically consist of 4 to 5 children, with two therapists leading the class. Session times vary depending on class availability, age, and skill level. Topics discussed during our social skills program are listed below:

Early Development: (Topics usually addressed between the ages of 3-5)

This class focuses on building a strong social skills foundation for developing peer interactions and relationships. Students are involved in positive activities that emphasize development of social, language and motor skills. Topics include:

  • Increasing pretend play and imagination skills
  • Turn-taking during structured and unstructured activities, as well as during conversations
  • Team work/cooperative play
  • Greetings and introductions
  • Initiating and responding to peers
  • Body Talk and self-regulation skills
  • Recognition of non-verbal language
  • Conflict resolution

Emerging Skills: (Topics usually addressed between the ages of 6-10)

This class specializes in promoting social skills to develop peer friendships, appropriate interactions in the community and in school. Topics include:

  • Conversational skills
  • Recognition and application of non-verbal cues
  • Teamwork
  • Conflict resolution/Problem Solving
  • Perspective taking
  • Personal Space
  • Thought bubbles and talk balloons – what to say out loud or keep to oneself
  • Recognition and application of non-verbal cues

The Hidden Curriculum: (Social Skills for Adolescent and Young Adults between the ages of 11-18)

The rules and guidelines that are not directly taught but are assumed to be known.

This program focuses on developing the social, language and organizational skills necessary to navigate through school, social and peer interactions. Topics include:

  • Life and organizational skills
  • Navigating challenging social situations
  • Social narratives & behavioral mapping
  • Developing and maintaining relationships
  • Eye contact & body language
  • Perspective taking/social awareness
  • Emotions & reactions & regulation
  • Using language & humor

Classes are offered at various times throughout the year. Please call for further information.