Social skills are the skills we use to communicate and interact with each other, both verbally and non-verbally, through gestures, body language, and our personal appearance. Children that struggle with day-to-day interactions such as initiating conversation and reading social cues can benefit from working on their social skills in a therapy setting. Children that are working with us on their social skills work one-on-one with one of our trained therapists to improve their abilities to function in various settings and situations.
Skills that we address when working on social skills include:
- Initiating and maintaining conversations
- Turn taking
- Self-awareness and self-regulation
- Body language and nonverbal communication
- Safety awareness
- Listening, paying attention, and following directions
- Physical boundaries
- Expressing wants, needs, and emotions
These skills are introduced and practiced through the use of role-playing, games, and visual models. Learning social skills can be fun and will help your child function better at home, school, and in the community.