Social Skill Support
Social skills impact on every part of our lives. They seem innate for many, but this is not always the case for many children, particularly those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or ADHD. Since social skills are fundamental in life success, it is vital that these children learn and practise these social rules to compensate for what does not come naturally to them.
Childhood development is complex and not all children will move at the same pace, but some of the most common reasons that a parent will contact us with concerns about their child’s social skills include:
- Struggling to form and sustain friendships in and/or out of school
- Reluctance to go to school or to a friend’s in favour of solitary play
- Difficulty interacting with adults outside the immediate family such as teachers or family friends
- Behavioural problems resulting from a child’s frustration at their perceived exclusion
Our Social Skills Support programmes are designed to improve social, communication and conversation skills in children. Based on the highly successful Social Thinking® model developed by Michelle Garcia Winner, children are taught in a way that not only emphasises the social skills required in particular situations, but more importantly, the social thinking behind the use of these skills. This may include perspective taking, which is understanding that others have “thoughts” separate from our own, to interpreting and responding to the nuances of verbal and non-verbal communication.
The various skills taught in the individualised sessions, are reinforced through fun activities and games to practise Social Thinking concepts. Children can then follow this programme with the SuperFlex group social skills support programme
Book an initial meeting to discuss Social Skills Support for your child here.