SOCIAL SKILLS

The Building Steps for Making Friendships!

ASSESSMENT

Your child's social skills will be assessed by your Speech Pathologist initially observing your child's behaviour when addressed in conversation. If any issues are identified, your Speech Pathologist will begin a discussion with you to determine their communication habits with yourself and at school. A formal assessment may also be completed during conversations with your child.

THERAPY

If significant issues are identified with your child's social skills, an individualised program will be developed. Each of the issues will be targeted through a variety of methods which may include:

  • Social Stories

  • Video Examples

  • Visual Cues

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Providing comprehensive assessments and therapy to all communication disorders for children and adults.

Your child's social skills are a highly important aspect of making friendships that last. This is one of the most overlooked aspect of communication and is one of the most important. We are very susceptible to when someone's social skills are lacking in a certain aspect. We will often describe someone as 'strange' or 'odd' when this happens.

Social skills involve, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Eye contact

  • Initiating conversations

  • Topic Maintenance

  • Physical Proximity

  • Reading facial expressions


Using and understanding these aspects skills often use more complex areas of the brain and need higher order skills. As a result of this, it is often common for people to not receive therapy in this area as the specifics are not noticed by communication partners.

Difficulties in this area are common with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 

 

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