What is social skills therapy?
Social skills is any skill facilitating interaction and communication with others. Social rules and relations are created, communicated, and changed in verbal and nonverbal ways. The process of learning such skills is called socialization.
Interpersonal skills are sometimes also referred to as people skills or communication skills. Interpersonal skills are the skills a person uses to communicate and interact with others. They include persuasion, active listening, delegation, and leadership. Some people are naturally good at navigating the social world where others need help.
Who would benefit from a social skills group?
Social skills development is not just for those diagnosed with a disability or a specific group of children, adolescents or young adults. Social skills group therapy can be for anyone, diagnosed or not. Social skills groups have begun to be viewed as a mainstream enrichment program rather than an intensive type of therapy. For this reason, we run different social skills groups ranging from groups for children, adolescents and young adults with ADHD and Anxiety, to those who need practice becoming more assertive and confident, as well as groups for those with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other diagnoses.
What Happens in Social Skills Groups?
Clients participate in fun and dynamic games, activities, team work challenges, art projects, conversations, discussions and improvisational acting. Groups are fun, engaging, and exciting so that group members are connecting with each other and enjoying themselves. The goal is to create as much of a natural environment as possible to ensure the likelihood of generalization of skills, the use of skills and feedback from group when they are at school or with their friends.
How are social skills groups helpful?
During our groups, we coach our clients on skills in a safe and supportive environment where we can give helpful feedback. During our groups our clients have some of the most positive social experiences that they have had in a long time. These positive experiences help build self-confidence and gain proof that they can be socially successful. This will make them more likely to use these skills outside of the group. Social skills group therapy and social skills enrichment gives people a bag full of skills, they gain confidence and a repertoire of real life experiences to draw from. This leads to our clients gaining personal potential and reaching their social success!
Skills are also based on age, developmental level and group goals but examples are listed below.