As children grow, one way they learn social behaviors is by watching and interacting with others.
Children with ADD/ADHD often have attention and working memory problems, which undermine this natural learning process and result in these children feeling and acting awkwardly or inappropriately in social situations. They tend to interrupt, not follow rules or directions, and lose self-control. They also have difficulty sharing and cooperating with others, dealing with their anger, feelings and conflict. These behaviors often result in them being rejected by their peers and perceived as difficult by their teachers.
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Anxiety Disorders who are just shy and have not naturally developed social skills can receive special help in our Social Skills sessions to learn these skills through directed training lessons. Each session of our Training Program focuses on establishing the need for the skill, identifying the skill components, modeling the skill, and practicing the skill through behavioral rehearsal. To help the child master these new skills, parents and teachers are kept informed about what the child has learned, so that they can positively reinforce the child’s behavior, while independently practicing their new social skills at home and at school. Children are grouped by age range not small groups with an age appropriate Social Skills curriculum for each group.
Our Social Skills sessions include, but are not limited to, the following topics: