Social Skills Training

Social skills are verbal or non-verbal behaviors that we use to communicate effectively with other people. Such people have difficulties in relating to other people. Social skills training (SST) is a kind of psychotherapy to help people improve their social skills so that they can become socially competent.


Social Skills Training (SST) for children

The practice of social skills training for children is different from that of an adult because how you socialize as child is different from socializing as an adult. So the SST will be very different in terms of goal and teaching methods for different age groups, but the implementation plan remains the same. Children with High Functioning Autism (HFA) and Asperger's Syndrome (AS) exhibit high social dysfunctions. Children with HFA and AS are very cognitively capable and are aware of their social deficits. This can be very depressing and distressing. But unfortunately these children will not naturally outgrow their social deficits. Therefore it is very important to give them training in social skills before they become more and more distressed about their social isolation.

The social skills that are mainly focused in the treatment of HFA and AS are

  • Eye contact.
  • Listening.
  • Sharing.
  • Smiling.
  • Sustaining Conversations.
  • Empathy.
  • All through the sessions basic social skills are also taught. Depending upon what specific social area the child is struggling with.