Social Skills Building For Autism & ADHD
Social skills are an important part for any child to adapt to real-life settings.
They are the rules and customs that influence how we interact with other people and our environments. We pick up these skills the same way we learn a language.
Eventually, a guide is built on how to act in different situations and with others. However, sometimes in children with autism they must guess what is socially acceptable.
This is where these skill-sets come into play. Social skills building helps children with autism learn how to act in social situations.
These skills will help them to connect with friends and engage in new experiences. They will also enhance their experience in the community.
Social Skills Training Includes:
- Clear instructions in teaching moments of real-life practice scenarios
- External support to boost communication and sensory integration
- Awareness on timing and attention
- Development of cognitive and language skills
- Learning behaviors to predict important social cues like friendship and happiness
Social Skills Groups
Social skill groups can be taught anywhere.
It can be taught at home, school and community. Speech pathologists, behavioral therapists, and school psychologists are many people who can lead these groups.
There is great benefit when practicing these clear instructions in natural environments. This means real life practice among friends!
Social Skills Groups:
- Create structure and predictability
- Simplify abstract social concepts to concrete actions
- Boost self-awareness and self-esteem
- Encourage collaboration in pairs and groups
- Use basic language and organize children by same language level
- Practice group skills in real life settings