Social Skills Group

Social Skills Group

Social Skills Group

Children with Autism have to learn the social skills that come much more naturally to their peers.  Good shepherd has developed an Autism Social Skills program for children of different ability levels to acquire and practice social skills on a regular basis.  The average staff to student ratio is 1:3 so that staff can facilitate and develop group related social skills.  Group instruction is dependent on student interest and staff availability

 

These Social Skills Groups benefit children with autism in the following ways:

  • Make the abstract concrete
  • Provide structure and predictability
  • Simplifying language and grouping children by language level
  • Provide multiple and varied learning opportunities
  • Include other-focused activities (children always work in pairs or groups, and cooperation and partnership are encouraged)
  • Foster self-awareness and self-esteem
  • Select relevant goals (issues most central to autism are addressed)
  • Program in a sequential and progressive manner.
  • Provide opportunities for generalization and practice so that skills are used and useful beyond the group setting