Basic social skills that we do daily, such as making eye contact when talking to someone or responding to questions with the appropriate response, can often be complex for people on the autism spectrum. However, people need to learn these skills to communicate in the community and form relationships with others.
A social skills program will break down skills that are trying to be learned (i.e., sharing, tone of voice, eye contact) into smaller steps. Once each step is mastered, the social skills program will systematically teach them.
Teaching people on the autism spectrum social skills is an integral part of Applied Behavior Analysis. Social skills can be practiced one on one or in groups.
Social skills groups are often groups of 3-5 students that are grouped by age and ability. These groups often focus on activities such as game playing, sharing, or holding conversations. The atmosphere should be fun for the person learning these skills and give lots of opportunities for practicing these skills.
If you think your child would benefit from social skills group therapy, reach out to Leap Autism Therapy, and we can help.
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