Social skills training for helping your child with autism spectrum
disorder -- we have answers.
Read this parent's
"My son’s speech, language,
and social skills have
improved under Jan’s care.
What is unique is her
empathy and support of
me as a parent. She has
been a tremendous
encouragement and support
beyond therapy. I found a
friend in Jan and know that
she truly cares for my son
and me. In ten years of
receiving services (at several
clinics), Jan has been the
most relational speech and
language pathologist we have had!" -- Suzi W.
Read this Mom's
review about her son
making GOOD friends:
My son started working with Mrs. Butler last year.
Mrs. Butler has been a great resource of information and help as we have begun navigating the evaluation and therapy process for autism spectrum disorders. She understands from a parent’s perspective as well as a therapist’s; having personally experienced these challenges herself. Just being a part of the therapy group has allowed us to be able to talk openly with our son about his difficulties without him feeling abnormal. He loves Mrs. Butler and has developed a good rapport with her. She has clear expectations for their behavior and their work in an environment of encouragement. He has made good friends in his social group and feels safe and comfortable there. -- Laura S.
Direct instruction is provided to teach body language, conversational skills, awareness of emotions in self and others, self monitoring moods plus more explained in the list to the right.
Social skills training is conducted in a one-on-one environment with Jan Butler.
After completing standardized testing and developing goals, a therapy program will be developed to teach your child the social skills they are weak in. Therapy lessons are conducted in a very literal and concrete manner. Children with social skills weaknesses do not pick up these skills naturally, they need to be taught specific skills that are intuitive to us. The good news is, they can be learned and most children are eager to learn them!
In addition to concrete lessons, the children will have opportunity to practice what they are learning through role play, activities, videos, and computer programs.
Social skills groups are formed for children who are ready to practice the skills learned with peers. These groups continue to teach concrete lessons, advancing in difficulty, while giving children the opportunity to interact with peers and practice what they are learning.
Social skills groups are one hour long and meet once a week. Groups typically consist of 2 to 4 children of similar age and goals.
"I have created a method to develop social skills in children with autism and without autism, that has proven to be very effective. While seeking out for help for my own child (diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome), I found most social skills groups lacking. I began attending as many workshops and courses I could find to help my own child. In a few short years, I obtained over 100 contact hours of training in autism and social skills."
"After several years of working with autistic children in the school setting, I was able to apply what I have learned in workshops with how kids really learn and respond, and develop a program that has proven to be very successful."
Stronger communication skills are only the beginning with social skills training.
- Does your child experience difficulty with knowing how to interact with peers? With adults?
- Is making eye contact a challenge for your child?
- Do you long for calm but seem to only watch your child experience grief?
- Is knowing when to stop talking a regular issue?
- Is making and keeping friends an upward battle that claims too much of your energy, leaving you drained most days?
- Have you sought out other social skills groups and found them inadequate?
- Do you believe that deep down, with a little help and focused direction, your child's weakness could be made strong?
Some of the skills addressed in social skills training include:
- Understanding and using appropriate body language, facial expressions and tone of voice.
- Understanding and using appropriate personal space.
- Heightened awareness of others.
- Beginning, maintaining, and ending conversations.
- When and how to change topics.
- Joining in a group.
- Responding to peers appropriately.
- Understanding and using empathy.
- The difference between honesty and politeness.
- Expressing their thoughts and opinions politely.
- Knowing when to stop talking.
- Monitoring verbal comments.
- Making and keeping friends.
- Sarcasm vs. humor.
- Understanding humor.
- Understanding figures of speech and idioms.
- Grooming and hygiene.
- Social problem solving.
If your child is struggling with these areas, please contact me.
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