Social Skills Training
Interacting with people is not a natural adaptation; these are skills learned during childhood, and defined in adulthood. With defined social skills, most people are able to ask for what they want or need, but for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other behavioral disorders, asking for something is more complicated.
At ACI Learning Centers, highly trained therapists program generalizable social skills to help every individual be successful in every social interaction. During behaviorally-based social skills groups, individuals have are provided multiple opportunities to practice the pro-social skills that have been mastered during 1:1 therapy sessions. Group participants learn and expand their language development by working on a variety of activities, such as having dynamic conversations, telling stories, giving directions, and planning group events.. Younger students are taught appropriate independent play skills, as well as socio-dramatic play. These are critical prerequisites to social in the classroom and the playground. Older individuals learn group sports, leisure skills, hobbies and other interests, functional living skills, as well as expanding their community awareness to broaden their social repertoire. Every individual learns the mechanics of problem solving, the capabilities of independent living, and socially appropriate behaviors.
Group size and settings are determined by the age of the individuals. The curriculum, expectations, and length of the social skills groups are behaviorally-based and individualized so that every learner’s strengths and areas in need of remediation are programmed and systematically generalized to the home and community.
We teach individuals to navigate the social world and be motivated to want to have an active role in their community.