Social skills training and social skills groups for children with autism, PDD-NOS and Asperger syndrome - Available in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel and surrounding areas
What is social skills "training"?
Social skills training consists of teaching your child the nuts and bolts of social interaction.
Sessions consist of learning:
- Social interaction skills - what to do/say and how to act in a wide variety of situations
- Perspective Taking - understanding where another person is "coming from" being able to "read" another
- Emotional Regulation - learning to react appropriately emotionally in different situations
How do you teach these skills?
After a compreshensive initial assessment, target skills are selected for intervention. Two to three social skills are targeted at a time and intervention includes instruction, maintenence and generalization.
Each group/individual session uses contemporary/evidence based practices such as:
Reinforcement, Prompting and Contingency Management
Role Playing/Behavioral Rehearsal
Cognitive Picture Rehearsal
Perspective Taking Activities
Self Monitoring and Emotional Regulation Strategies
Is there a difference between social skills "training" and "therapy"?
No, they are the same thing. The term social skills "training" is usually used by someone with a behavioral background. I use the terms interchangably.
Who is best suited for social skills training?
Typically, social skills training is most effective for children labeled as "high funcitoning autism", Aspergers, PDD-NOS, ADHD or similar social communication challenge.
Individual or group instruction?
I provide individual and group social skills instruction for children with high functioning autism, PDD-NOS and Aspergers. However, each child is unique and will need a phone consultation and/or assessment before to setting up an instructional plan. To find out more about individualized instruction, click here. To learn more about social skills groups, click here.