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Social & Relational Skills

The term "social skills" is often used to describe a group of social communication behavior that comes naturally for most individuals without disabilities through  interaction with peers and others at a very early age. Every day humans use verbal and non-verbal ways of interacting without thought or practice and it makes up a repertoire of social behavior. Individuals with autism and other social communication challenges can learn improved social communication interactions through focused interventions that have been proven to work for individuals with disabilities. Many times social challenges can effect the individual's ability to make and keep friends, maintain relationships with co-workers, attain independent living situations, and more.

Social Skills Challenges

The following is a list of common social skills challenges:

  • Reading body language, gestures, and other cue by communication partner

  • Understanding intent of communication such as sarcasm, innuendo, metaphors, jargon, jokes

  • Staying on topic, over-focus on areas of extreme areas of interest, maintaining conversations

  • Entering into individual or group conversations

  • Exiting individual or group conversations

  • Understanding intent of others and vulnerability to safety situations and victimization

  • Using electronic exchanges such as cell phones, texts, email, and other social media

Challenges with social and communication skills can contribute to:

  • Difficulty making and keeping friends

  • Frustration, anxiety, and withdrawal from social settings, 

  • Employment difficulty and job loss

  • And more...

Find out more about:  Teen Social Skills Training

Find out more about:  Adult Social Skills Training

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