Although social impairment is a common feature of ASD, it's a misperception that these children lack an interest in relating to others. Kids with ASD do not choose to isolate themselves from their peers and siblings; they're simply missing the skills that are essential for developing meaningful relationships.
Typically developing children learn social skills from watching and imitating their peers and siblings. Children with ASD often have difficultly understanding social situations and miss these opportunities to practise social skills.
For children on the spectrum, social skills and situations are easier to learn when they are broken down and practised.
Fostering positive interactions with typically developing peers has been identified as an effective method of decreasing the likelihood of social isolation for children with ASD.
Practicing social skills in their natural environment increases the likelihood of your child generalizing their new skills.
Our Social Skills programs can be implemented in a variety of settings such as the home, a playground or the beach.
The role of the parent as the program facilitator is to increase the likelihood of successful social interactions and cooperative play by incorporating targeted skills and specific strategies into your child's social and play sessions.
Skill Streaming (McGinnis & Goldstein) is a psycho educational intervention that focuses on four procedures to teach pro-social behaviors.
Learning Procedures Include:
Modeling (Demonstrating the behavior)
Role playing (Practicing the behavior)
Feedback (Role play review)
Transfer (Practicing the skill in a natural environment
Social Skills Solutions (McKinnon & Krempa) provides a detailed Social Skills Checklist which assesses ten areas of interest, such as Social Play, Self-Awareness and Friendship skills amongst others. Social Skills Solutions breaks each area of interest into modules and provides several strategies for teaching each area of interest. Social Skills Solutions is based on the theory of building core skills, then scaffolding new skills based on the previously learned skills.