Social Skills Group

Social skills group is a type of holistic therapy that aims to teach children with autism, and other learning difficulties, how to interact politely without experiencing the anxiety and stress that can be brought on by many social situations.

The therapy consists of group sessions designed to improve a child’s social skills by engaging them games and exercises that focus on social behavious, emotional intelligence, verbal and non-verbal communication and problem solving abilities such as conflict and resolution skills:

 

Social Skills Therapy

Benefits of Social Skills Group Therapies

Social skills are essential for building and maintaining relationships, making friends, learning and problem solving. Benefits of social skills group therapy treatments can include:

  • Improve communication skills
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Better socialize with others
  • Learn appropriate body language
  • Improve problem-solving skills Social Skills Group Therapy

In many cases children who experience difficulties learning can also find it challenging to respond appropriately when interacting with the world around them.

That said, in the modern day much of world has a broader understanding of how certain medical ailments can affect the everyday lives of sufferers, and as a result many establishments have measures in place to make live easier, and enable patients to be as self-reliant as possible.

For this reason it is becoming increasingly relevant for children with special needs to learn the essential skills needed in today’s society.

Ideal Candidates For Social Skills Group

Social skills groups can be prescribed to children of ages and is typically administered as soon as symptoms appear.

It is commonly given to children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), however it may also be advised for children with any type of learning difficulties, cognitive delays, and/or problems developing interpersonal skills.

Social Skills Groups Designed for Children with Autism and Special Needs

Since social skills groups are designed for children with special needs, many therapists offer specialist treatments that focus on helping children with autism. With a little time, support and patience, autistic children can develop their social skills in order to be more confident in social situations, and more comfortable in their surroundings.

Certain treatments can help autistic children develop better social skills. For example, exercises such as video-modelling and role-play sessions held in simulated environments can be highly effective in helping children with ASD develop their interpersonal skills.

Social Skills Group Therapy

Find out more about what social skills group therapies can do you for your children.

Types of Social Skills Group Therapies

Social Skills Group

Improve speech techniques, language vocab, body language, behavioral mannerisms etc, with Social Skills Therapies…

Social Skills Group Treatments

Social Skills Groups ultilize all-natural treatments to help children better manage their emotions, behave proud yet polite in public, and reduce the chance of stressful episodes occurring during these social interactions. This provides an effective learning process that helps children build self-confidence, and as a result, improve their social skills and overall mental health.

 

 

Play games, act out real-life scenes, using toys and props to make learning passive and fun. Games such as red light/green light, hide-and-seek, tag or Simon says can all help familiarize children with common social interactions and how best to behave in these situations.

Much like practice play, role-play can familiarize children with specific situations so have the social skills and emotional maturity to manage these social interactions.

 

Support and praise can go along way in helping children understand how to better interact with others. Most children react much better to praise and positive reinforcement as opposed to be being punished for mistakes.

Aims to teach social skills utilizing more structured format of syllabus such as the Westmead Feelings Program, and the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS).

Similar to social skills training, social thinking aims to teach behavioral, social and emotional skills by utilizing a more informal approach, as opposed to following a syllabus. This involves mental exercises in which the patient puts themselves in the shoes of others to better understand how that party would feel in that situation.

Story telling is a past time as older than recorded history. The effectiveness with which morals, culture, and information can be passed on through stories makes it a highly useful technique for teaching children with learning difficulties; it’s also extremely fun and memorable.

 

Visual aids such as picture cards, prompt cards, check lists and even certain phone/table apps, can provide visual assistance to help children learn and memorize new skills.

This technique uses video to give instructions to the learner.  It has been shown to be effective in teaching communication, social, behaviour, daily living and play skills, as well as conversational skills. With access to digital resources becoming much more common, video modeling has also become a more accessible treatment

Cooking: A fun social bonding experience and an opportunity for children to practice their social skills whilst also learning new ones. 

Building Lego: An activity that is not only fun, but also helps improve hand-eye coordination, as well creative abilities.

 

This involves therapists joining the child in the classroom, and is typically reserved for children with ASD. This benefits both parties as it provides the therapist a deep insight into how the child deals with real-life situations, whilst also allow the child to grow more comfortable with their carer, and naturally learning to adapt and accept the assistance.

Many schools now allow peer monitoring as a solution to assist students with learning difficulties, and therefore should be considered a potential alternative that can be implemented.

Social Skills Group Therapies

Social skills therapies are more effective when conducted in groups, and when performing social activities together. Implementing these treatments in a natural setting such as the children’s school also allows the children to learn more comfortably from their peers, with only professional guidance from therapists; who can help steer the sessions in the right direction for optimal results.

 

 

Both are carried out in small groups of 6-8 patients with similar disabilities, and both involves games and exercises that replicate real life, whilst relieving the pressure of having to do so in public. For this reason social skills groups are closely related to drama therapy, and may often be administered in tandem.

 

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