Some individuals have specific social learning needs which can most effectively be addressed through individual social skills instruction.
We believe that males can most effectively learn how to cultivate and sustain friendships by learning from other males. The social communication that occurs between boys and men requires an understanding of intricately knowing the “hidden rules” of male-male social communication. The vast majority of social skills groups teach scripted, socially appropriate behaviors which do not come across as natural and are rarely generalized across a variety of contexts.
Frequently, boys and young men develop a sense of shame around their social difficulties and become resistant to receiving help. Years of experience allows us to work effectively with those who are resistant to treatment or who have had less than positive experiences in prior social skills groups.
Our individual social skills instruction focus on teaching specific skills based on the Social Thinking methodology.
Social Thinking®, a methodology developed by Michelle Garcia Winner involves teaching the “why” behind social communication so individuals can learn how to think in a social context and apply skills relevant to the situation.
Ryan Wexelblatt, Center Director has received a Social Thinking® Clinical Training Level 1 Certificate of Completion at the Social Thinking Clinic in San Jose, California. Ryan was one of the few professionals in the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas who has participated in this training.
Some of the areas covered in our sessions include the areas covered by Winner’s ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition include:
Perspective Taking Ability: Understanding how you are perceived by others, understanding other’s thoughts, feelings and intentions.
“Getting the Big Picture”: Understanding how to look at things as a whole rather than focusing on small details, how to figure out what’s happening in a particular place or situation.
Initiation: Understanding how to start and end conversations appropriately, asking for help or clarification.
Abstract/Inferential Language: Making sense of language that is non-direct, understanding slang, inferences, figures of speech, etc.
Humor and Human Relatedness: Learning how to use humor appropriately, understanding other people’s humor, how to relate and respond to other’s emotions.
Other skills taught in individual and small group sessions include:
Contact us if you would like to set up an assessment for your child to participate in individual or small group social skills.