Social Skills Coaching
Individual or Group
Does your child struggle to make or keep friends?
Are you worried that your child doesn’t stand up for themselves?
Does your child seem to always be at the “fringe” of the group?
Does your child seem to miss out on social cues?
Does your child have a tough time managing their emotions and using self-control?
Are you worried that your child is spending too much time alone?
Does your child seem to be a target for bullies?
Are you concerned about your child’s phone usage and social media addiction?
For most children, basic social skills (e.g. turn taking, initiating conversation) are acquired quickly and easily. For children with autism spectrum disorders (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 areas where social skills are a struggle for some children 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 which can be heartbreaking for parents and a huge worry for your child.
Without intervention, the presence of social impairment can lead to poor academic achievement, social failure and peer rejection, anxiety, depression, as well as other negative outcomes.
Phone addiction is also a growing concern for parents. Social media and gaming has become an integral part of social interactions amongst children, in particular adolescents, and can have a negative impact on social skill development.
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, organisational systems and more.
Erin has received training in:
and is a
certified PEERS® provider