social skills training

Many of the clinical issues that bring children and teens into therapy can also disrupt their social functioning. Sadness, anxiety, ADHD, and other difficulties can affect social competencies as well as diminish feelings of peer acceptance and belonging. Other children or teens may need support in learning new and positive ways to engage others and make meaningful social connections.

Whatever the case may be, your child or teen can learn new skills to promote a positive self-image and improve their ability to establish and maintain fulfilling social relationships.

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developing social relationships

Through Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy approaches that utilize role-modeling techniques, as well as exercises that build self-esteem and friendship skills, young clients become socially engaged in ways that are fun, non-threatening, and rewarding. Children with a Non-Verbal Learning Disability or Asperger’s Syndrome, can learn how to appropriately respond to non-verbal social cues, give appropriate contextual facial and vocal expressions, and improve social problem-solving skills.

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training focus

  • Helping shift unrealistic and critical self-beliefs that contribute to anxiety, social withdrawal, and negative self-image
  • Practicing comfortable ways of engaging others positively and with confidence
  • Setting gradual, achievable social goals that reduce apprehension and reinforce success & hope
  • Finding healthy, positive peer groups and learning skills to combat peer pressure