Research has shown early intervention is critical for future success of children. Social thinking and related social skills are very important in that success. In early childhood, children learn social skills through play and social activities.
Our social skills therapy courses provide instruction, demonstrations, modeling, practice, and promotion of transfer and generalization in the following areas to increase skills and opportunities for positive social interactions for children with Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism.
Sample Course Offerings
(See Current Catalog for Courses Offered During a Specific Term)
Bridging Friendships I & II
This course is adapted from our elementary level Catching On To Getting Along course for those who cannot yet read. Social understanding is the core of the class with concepts like introductions, play, offering help, compliments and apologies being taught and practiced weekly.
Building Friendships Through Play and Imagination I, II & III
This course teaches friendship development skills of greeting, sharing, joining in, asking someone to play, and cooperating while guiding the client from functional play to pretend play.
Developing Friendships Through Play I, II & III
Through the use of symbolic and pretend play, demonstration, modeling, and practice, participants’ positive social communication and interaction increase, transfer and generalize, resulting in increased academic and social success.
Facilitated Play Group
Participants develop and generalize appropriate play, communication, emotional awareness, and social interaction skills by practicing them in a natural setting. Each session includes a play skill of the day, circle time, and guided play.
Friends and Feelings I, II, & III
This course begins working with perspective taking, problem solving, and beginning conversation skills with a continued focus on interactive play.
Understanding Our Friends Through Conversation and Play I & II
Perspective-taking, problem solving, and beginning conversation skills with a continued focus on interactive play.