SOCIAL SKILLS PROGRAM

Children with Social Communication Disorder can expand and improve their social skills through proper training and therapy.

 

Because of the difficulties individuals with Social Communication Disorder have in negotiating social situations and handling changes in their environment, many students experience stress, frustration, and anxiety on an almost constant basis (Baker, 2005). Wanting to have a conversation with another student but not knowing how, not understanding the change in teacher directions when given new tasks, hearing other students laugh around them but not knowing whether they are the target of the joke are just a few of the stressful situations these individuals experience on a daily basis .

 

Understanding the situations in which a student has problem behaviors will provide clues as to what skills need to be taught. I will incorporate the structured learning steps in my social skills training program including:

 

  • Didactic instruction (explanation of the steps with the skill being taught)

  • Modeling of skill steps (demonstration of how to perform task correctly)

  • Role playing skills with corrective feedback (Varying models for each step in order to teach different aspects for each skill)

  • Oppurtunites to practice (Teaching children when and where to practice the skills)

 

My goal is to help these children succeed in school while preparing them for transitioning into adulthood.

 

It is important that these children learn how to express their thoughts and feelings appropriately. Their ability to interact with others can improve with lots of practice teaching. Speech and language therapy may also help these children to communicate better. This therapy could correct awkward methods of speaking such as monotone, and help children to better understand and interpret the speech and communication signals of others such as humor, eye contact, and hand gestures.

 

My therapy ranges from basic social skills for school aged children to teaching skills needed when transitioning to adulthood. Social coaching areas include but are not limited to the following:

 

  • Nonverbal cues/body language

  • Dealing with anger/frustration

  • Dealing with anxiety

  • Conversation

  • Building and maintaining friendships

  • Dating

  • Dealing with school and family demands

  • employment skills

  • Money matters

  • Preparing for emergencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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