Social Skills

Traditionally a difficult area for those on the Autism Spectrum, social skills encompass a vast variety of complex and advanced integrated abilities including language. On our team of nationally certified RBTs and/or BCBAs, we have staff members who specialize in this area. We build these skills on a 1:1 basis first, then progress to a 1:2 with a similar peer, and then we gradually increase the group size.

Social Skills Through the years

Early Childhood

Social skills are an important part of our lives even at a young age. We begin by playing next to others, but even this skill may not develop for children with Autism when they are young. Those with Autism may want to play alone and be away from others, they may even display problematic behaviors to stay away from other children. As they grow, language becomes a more important part of social interaction as without it how can one communicate with others.

In order to address these concerns, many parents have found ABA therapy to be a great service for their child. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) breaks down social, play, and language skills among other skills areas and uses play and reinforcement for children to learn and improve their social skills. This service can be provided both in-home as well as in places such as a community preschool setting. We welcome you to contact us to learn more about how our ABA services can help develop social skills, play, language and so much more.

Preschool/Early Elementary

As children grow, some things to look for as concerns can be that your child generally wants to interact with adults and/or much younger children. This is because adults are patient and do not discourage inappropriate social behavior as much as peers. They may play and interact with much younger children as their deficits in social skills place them at the same developmental age as those peers. Issues and concerns at preschool or school can begin to form as well at this age. In order to address these issues and concerns, ABA therapy is often recommended for children with Autism. Our ABA services are offered conveniently to your child’s needs in the environment that benefits them the most. We encourage you to find out more about how social skills and other ABA therapy services can be beneficial to you and your child by inquiring now to learn more.

Elementary Years

As children attend school, social skills become more and more complex. Friendships develop, social groups form, and sport or other activity groups develop. Establishing and implementing social skills is critical, but it is never too late to seek out services. There are so many skills to develop and they become more complex as a child ages. However, many children with Autism spectrum disorders do not possess the social skills needed to be successful in a group or school setting. To address these concerns, ABA therapy services can help. By providing this proven autism treatment, we can systematically assess the deficits your child might have. Then, break down social skills like you would math skills. These skills build upon each other to develop the skills your child needs to be successful with peers and in group settings. To learn more about how we can do this for your child, please contact us today.

Pre-Teen Years

To succeed in a school where they have to transition to a different class each period or work with a variety of teachers can be quite difficult for those with Autism. There is also the social skills aspect of forming friendships and relationships. This is in addition to the challenges that puberty brings on for those with Autism Spectrum Disorders. To address these concerns of how to interact with other peers, ABA services are often recommended. ABA therapy for those affected by Autism can be beneficial in a variety of ways and it is never too late to begin. We encourage you to learn more about these services by contacting us today. We welcome the opportunity to work with you and your school to provide the highest quality of ABA services to your child.

Teenage Years

Beginning often at age 14, schools begin to look and determine if your child will be completing school with a diploma or alternative track. This along with the complex social skills required to be successful in high school or afterwards can be overwhelming. It is never too late to begin working on social skills and we encourage you to seek services before adulthood. To address these and other associated issues, ABA therapy is often recommended. These services break down social skills and integrate other challenges that your child might be facing while being provided alongside our behavior consulting and parent training services. We welcome the opportunity to work with you and your school to help your child reach their full potential.