For many of us social interactions come naturally. We use our social thinking skills each and every day from sending an email to a friend or coworker, to greeting people in a classroom or the grocery store. This process of social thinking occurs each time we interact with others - simply stated, we think about them!
As world renowned social speech language therapist, Michelle Garcia Winner writes on her website, "how we think about people affects how we behave, which in turn affects how others respond to us, which in turn affects our own emotions." It is with this thought process in mind that Sound helps foster social thinking and social communication in Social Skills Groups.
We can think of social development as a heiarchy of skills, building upon one another from birth.
Social skills are like any other skill - they can be learned. Groups offer children and adults a safe, supportive environment to learn, interact, and grow among their peers. Sessions are built around the framework of Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking curriculum, allowing individuals the opportunity to expand their social knowledge through play, conversation, social coaching, and role playing.
Social skills emerge over time in natural development, and for some need an additional booster through specific instruction.
Small groups are goal oriented and fun! Sessions focus on:
- Developing social communication skills
- Learning how to read and adapt to social cues
- Building and maintaining friendships
- Understanding and handling emotions
- Understanding how behaviors affect the way others perceive and respond
To get social with Sound’s small group sessions, email us today!