Social Skills

A child’s ability to develop social-emotional competence is critical
to lifelong success. We specialize in the development of pragmatic
communication skills and cognitive behavioral intervention.

 Researchers have found core behaviors such as the ability to relate to others, manage internal emotions, and effective problem-solving skills are better predictors of successful lives than grades or IQ.

Evidence-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention

For children and young adults who struggle to develop friendships and relate to peers, social skills must be explicitly taught.  We use evidence-based cognitive-behavioral intervention designed to teach children the cognitive, social, and emotional skills needed to foster healthy relationships and build self-esteem.

Cognitive behavioral intervention trains your child to improve executive function related to cognitive flexibility and inhibitory control.  Self-awareness, perspective-taking, and effective problem-solving are just a few examples of target skills we address in individual and group therapy.

Below are character traits of children who could benefit from social skills therapy

Preschool Children

  • Demonstrates emotional volatility
  • Difficulty engaging in corporative play with peers
  • Trouble empathizing with others
  • Narrow scope of interests (play and conversation)
  • Difficulty participating in group sports/activities
  • Trouble transitioning between activities
  • Rigid behaviors, difficulty following directions

School Age Children

  • Difficulty initiating and maintaining play and conversations with peers
  • Trouble negotiating conflict resolution
  • Challenges identifying emotions of self and others
  • Becomes anxious when unexpected or unfamiliar events occur
  • Trouble managing appropriate size emotional reactions
  • Difficulty adapting behavior to match situational expectations (home vs. friend’s house)
  • Impulsive behavior

Teens / Young Adults

  • Difficulty making and managing friendships
  • Limited conversational topics
  • Inability to adapt communication style to fit audience (adults vs. peers)
  • Challenges in understanding others’ feelings, emotions, and perspective
  • Awkward mannerisms
  • Egocentric or uninterested in others (lack of asking questions)
  • Fixed mindset, trouble being flexible, or going with the flow
  • Misses and misinterprets non-verbal communication of others

If you believe that your child is in need of a social skills evaluation, please fill out the enrollment request form to schedule an evaluation.

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