Social Skills Groups

Develop the skills needed for interacting with others successfully

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What is social skills?

Children with autism often face difficulties in social communication and forming meaningful relationships with people.

Some children with autism have little interest in peers and prefer to play by themselves.

 

Whereas others want to earnestly make friends, but do not know how to do so in a socially appropriate way.

 

Parents desire their child to connect with another peer, to enjoy playing with another child – someone he can call a friend

The purpose of our social skills group to develop the skills needed for interacting with their friends successfully.

 

They will learn how to

  • play and communicate effectively with their friends, and

  • learn the intricate social rules necessary for making and sustaining friendships.

Social skills group for EVERYONE

Creating a conducive environment for children with all abilities to interact

Our social skills group class welcomes all kinds of children to join, including typically developing children.

Social skills can be taught to children with autism. However, they also need opportunities to practice those skills and learn from typically developing peers.

Similarly, typically developing children can also learn from children with special needs. Exposure and interaction with children with special needs helps build your child's character.

 

Your child will learn important soft skills that will stick with them for life, these include:

  • a better understanding of autism spectrum disorders,

  • patience,

  • accepting people with different abilities,

  • being more empathetic and inclusive, and

  • not taking things for granted.

Quick facts about social groups involving typical developing children and children with autism

47% of typically developing parents in Singapore want more avenues for their children to interact with children with special needs but often do not have conducive opportunities to do so.

– source: Lien Foundation study

Meaningful interactions among autistic and neurotypical children result in significant and lasting intellectual and social benefits for kids with autism, while simultaneously benefiting typical kids as well.

 

Moreover, these interactions are especially effective in natural play settings.

– source: Zhang & Wheeler 2011

In a social groups setting with neurotypical peers and children with autism,

 

83 % of neurotypical peers said they “enjoyed it very much”.

 

The remaining 17 % said they “enjoyed it.” 

– source: Indiana Resource Centre for Autism

What we teach in social skills group

  • We will teach the following 4 aspects through different activities in a progressive manner.

  • Skill targets will be individualised according to your child’s ability and taught progressively.

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For children with special needs

For neurotypical children

Perspective Taking

  • ​The ability to understand that another person has different thoughts and feelings from you.

Empathy

  • ​The key ingredient in positive friendships and relationships by developing kindness and helping behaviour. 

Patience 

  • The ability to wait for something or someone. It is accepting delay without getting angry or upset.

Gratitude

  • To appreciate what we have in life by celebrating the present, while reducing negative emotions and entitled behaviour. 

Social Awareness

  • Social interest in peers

  • Social cues

  • Observational learning

Social Interaction

  • Turn taking, sharing, etc

  • Making and sustaining friendships

  • Manage emotions

Social Communication 

  • Requesting (e.g. asking friends to play)

  • Asking questions

  • Conversations with friends

Play Skills

  • Broadening interests in different types of games and activities

  • Learning the rules of the games

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Program Details

Day and Times

2h sessions

Children to Teacher Ratio

5 : 2

It's all about social skills. 

 

Social skills may not come naturally to children with autism, but can be taught to them systematically. Through a series of games and activities, we will guide and practice social skills in a structured teaching environment, then generalise to a less structured one.  

In our Social Skills class, you can expect 

  • lots of fun!

  • guided social interactions to practice specific social skill

  • quarterly Individualised Education Program (IEP)