Child/Adult Group Social Learning Therapy
For most people, interacting with others comes naturally. Social thinking is hard-wired at birth, learned intuitively, and therefore, often taken for granted.
However, for those with high-functioning autism, ADD/ADHD, social anxiety, or other social or self-regulation challenges, social skills do not come innately, and they’re often difficult to achieve. This type of challenge is considered a social learning disability, or social cognition deficit, and children who face these difficulties need our help and support.
Children with social learning disabilities are often misunderstood and thought to be aloof, annoying, or “problem children.” We believe that with proper support and guidance, they can increase their ability to think and be social and, ultimately, lead more enriched lives.
Since social learning is crucial to academic and emotional well-being, educators and therapists around the world are developing innovative treatments for those who are challenged in this area. These strategies help to break down and teach individuals what others learn spontaneously.
Led by Michelle Garcia Winner, Social Thinking® is one of the core intervention strategies that we use. We teach the thoughts behind social skills and help students understand social rules, what is expected in social situations, and how to connect with others. We explore a wide range of topics and provide individualized lessons according to the age and ability of each child or group.
Sessions typically include:
- Connecting - 5 to 10 minutes of open-talk time to check in with each other and review previous concepts
- Group Lessons - Social cognitive strategies and/or Social Thinking® vocabulary and concepts
- Practice/Unstructured Time - Functional and fun activities to practice skills with real-time feedback to reinforce the weekly concepts or lessons
- Parent/Caregiver Wrap-Up - Therapist reviews of the group’s lesson with parents/caregivers as students play games or watch videos related to that session’s lesson
Our team understands the importance of social skills and the best methods to increase them, and Group Social Learning Therapy is certainly one of them.