Social Skills Group

Many of us take it for granted that we know how close to stand to someone, how to interact and make friends with others or how to tell someone what we are thinking without offending them. But for some kids, the opposite is true!

This is particularly true for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our social skills groups aim to teach children these basic skills so as they can function better and happily in everyday activities.

The groups teach children how to share, take turns, how to respond and react to others appropriately, verbal and nonverbal communication, body language and facial expressions.

When are the groups on?

The group runs weekly throughout school term at our Penrith office. We also run 2 – 3 day intensive Social Skills Programs in the holidays.

Who will benefit from the group?

All Abilities Social Skills Groups are aimed at children who often prefer independent play, seem disinterested in making friends or have difficulty making or maintaining friends.

It isn’t true that they don’t want to make friends, usually more accurate to say they don’t understand how to make friends. They don’t understand others’ body language or how to respond to a situation. They often feel like they may as well be speaking another language for all the progress they make.

What are some of the topics covered?

Social Skills cover many topics. These include:

  • Having good conversations (and making friends)
  • Joining in with my friends
  • Taking turns with my friends
  • Starting games with my friends
  • Listening to and following instructions
  • Talking about me
  • Asking my friends questions
  • Talking in the right way: my body and my voice
  • How to act – using our own space bubble and voice
  • Winning and losing games with my friends
  • Understanding emotions
  • Dealing with emotions
  • Dealing with frustration and anger
  • Waiting (for our turn, things and other people)
  • Asking for help and helping others
  • Learning how to work/play as a team and co-operate with others
  • Forming and maintaining great friends