Social Skills Coaching
Individual or Group
For most children, basic social skills (e.g., turn taking, initiating conversation) are acquired quickly and easily. For children with ASD, the process is much more difficult and often needs to be taught explicitly, and as early as possible.
Impairment in social functioning is a central feature of ASD. Typical social skill deficits include: initiating interactions, responding to the initiations of others, maintaining eye contact, sharing enjoyment, reading the non-verbal cues of others, and taking another person’s perspective. These skill deficits make it difficult to make and keep friends. Without intervention, the presence of social impairment can lead to poor academic achievement, social failure and peer rejection, anxiety, depression, and other negative outcomes (Bellini, 2006; Tantam, 2000; Welsh, Park, Widaman, & O’Neil, 2001). Social skill difficulties can be ameliorated via effective social skills instruction.
Compass places an emphasis on helping children develop social cognition and apply skills in the real world.
We work on the development of social self-awareness, perspective taking/theory of mind, self-regulation, executive functioning, social-emotional understanding, social skills, organizational systems
Erin has received training in
and is a
certified PEERS® provider