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Social Skills

Social skills such as emotional recognition, self-regulation, play skills, perspective taking, conversation skills, nonverbal communication, situational awareness, friendship and problem solving are areas we address in our programs. Speak to a Care Coordinator to see which social skills curriculum and/or groups your child is eligible for. 

Children’s Friendship Training is a 10-week program for ages 8-12 and includes a parent coaching and homework component

This evidence-based curriculum is for children with emerging social skills who want to make friends. This program will incorporate parents, who will be taught how to effectively help their children to make and keep friends through weekly coaching sessions and homework assignments so that they can continue to support and build on the skills taught and practiced within sessions.

Topics of Instruction:

  • How to ‘play detective’ to find common interests
  • How to join a group of kids at play
  • How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
  • How to be a good host on a playdate
  • How to be a good winner
  • How to be a good sport
  • How to show respect to adults
  • How to make phone calls to friends

Cost: No out of pocket expenses for families currently receiving funds through the OAP and for families paying out of pocket, ABI is pleased to offer a sliding scale in an effort to serve our Families.

PEERS® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relationship Skills)  is a 14-week program for teens grade 7-12, and includes a parent coaching and homework component

  • Age – 13-18
  • Virtual Service – Yes
  • Type of Group – Social Skills
  • Support Ratio – 3:1
  • Hours per Session – 1.5
  • Number of Sessions – 14

Cost: No out of pocket expenses for families currently receiving funds through the OAP and for families paying out of pocket, Please contact us for a quote.

Socially Savvy Kids is an 8-week program for children ages 3-7.  The Socially Savvy Checklist will aid in pinpointing your child’s strengths and challenges. This program will prioritize the skills most in need of intervention and develop strategies to address and teach each one. 

  • Age – 3-7
  • Virtual Service – Yes
  • Support Ratio – 1:1
  • Hours per Session – 1.5
  • Number of Sessions – 8

Cost: No out of pocket expenses for families currently receiving funds through the OAP and for families paying out of pocket, Please contact us for a quote.

Everyday Speech’s evidence-based curriculum combined with BST (which involves instruction, modeling, rehearsal and feedback) is used to teach socials skills in a fun and engaging way.  Video modelling, web-based games and activities are used by Specialists to teach and then transfer into your child’s natural environments by providing coaching and feedback in ‘real-life’ interactions. This program can be any length of time with many children currently accessing it as an on-going part of their education. 

 

Cost: No out of pocket expenses for families currently receiving funds through the OAP and for families paying out of pocket, ABI is pleased to offer a sliding scale in an effort to serve our Families.  Contact us today to see how this can be incorporated into your child’s current goals and for pricing.

In-person and/or virtual

0-18

Eligibility determined by screen

Please contact our family service coordinator to discuss your needs.

Social skills are the skills that we use to communicate and interact with each other verbally and non-verbally through vocal language, gestures, body language, and our personal appearances. Social skills in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) involves breaking down specific complex social skills (e.g., taking turns, conversations, sharing, joining a group, working with others towards a common goal, understanding facial expressions, tone of voice, etc.) into small components that we can then teach systematically.

In ABA, techniques and procedures based on the science of behaviour are used so that we can improve a variety of skills related to social play, social language, and social intuition. Social skills can enhance many socially acceptable skills in various individuals. Enhancing social skills can improve reciprocal conversations, which include the ability to hold a conversation with others by asking and answering questions, actively listening to others, expressing thoughts and opinions, and offering relevant responses. Learning social skills can also help an individual identify emotions in others, which can include identifying non-vocal communication, scanning people’s faces, and understanding varying perspectives. When an individual can identify emotions, this can also assist with demonstrating empathy and perspective-taking skills.

The enhancement of social skills can also improve nonverbal communication. Nonverbal communication does not come naturally to children who are more concrete thinkers. As many people use nonverbal cues in everyday communication, some individuals may not easily understand their meaning. Teaching an individual the meaning behind nonverbal cues can help them better understand and engage with others.

Social skills can also assist in increasing appropriate interactive play. For those interested in engaging in interactive play with peers, ABA can help individuals develop the skills and knowledge needed for social play, such as turn-taking, following directions, following game rules, and playing gently

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