Social Skills for Treating Autism
Cultivating good social skills is a critical part of your child's life. Social skills can help your child successfully communicate with others, make good choices, and know how to behave in a variety of settings.
Developing children learn most of their social skills through imitation and observation. However, children with developmental delays have difficulty reading those social cues and interpreting non-verbal communication. For those children, these skills need to be directly taught.
Customized Social Skills Programs
Small Group Learning
We work with small groups of children as specific skills are taught, practiced, and reinforced throughout the program.
Effective Classroom Settings
Our social skills therapy sessions are set up like a classroom setting with one lead social skills teacher instructing the class, exposing the child to a school-like environment and establishing familiarity.
Classroom settings also have "shadows" - therapists that are paired with 2-3 children each who help them with following directions, paying attention, behaving appropriately and making good choices.
How Social Skills Improves Development
- Improving listening and attention
- Asking for help
- Maintaining conversations
- Asking for permission
- Maintaining positive social interactions/relationships
- Self-control during anger or frustration
- Using appropriate body language
- Problem solving techniques
- Self care, grooming and hygiene
- Being a good sport and a good friend
Koala (4-7 years old)
Polar (5+ years old)
Getting Your Child in a Social Skills Program at TDLC
The children in our classes are matched with peers of similar ages and academic, social, and language abilities. In order to do this, we screen your child very carefully, via a mandatory initial consultation meeting. This meeting can be set up by calling our office.
We currently do not serve children older than 10 years. Children who demonstrate severe developmental delays or behaviors that interfere with their own or the other children's learning are not considered ready or appropriate for our Social Skills Class. If a child seems unable to understand and follow the concepts taught, or demonstrates behavior that disrupts the class repeatedly, we will suggest that the child be removed from the class and placed in our one-on-one ABA therapy program.