Having the appropriate social skills for different social situations is one of the main issues faced by children with special needs, such as, Autism,related disorders and other behaviour challenges.
Due to their limitation in perspective taking, often times children with special needs fumble in social situations, causing misunderstandings, embarrassments and even creating trouble for themselves and the their families. Such challenges may also place these children at risk of being bullied.
At Think Kids, we understand the difficulties faced by individuals with special needs and thereby aim to equip him/her with appropriate skills needed to help him/her cope with the challenges that he/she faces socially.
Through our social skills training programs, we firstly complete an intake assessment to ascertain the learning and social skills needs of your child and then place him/her in an appropriate group to learn with other children with similar challenges and learning needs.
The social skills training sessions include structured activities such as therapist-guided games, role-plays, discussions, worksheets and video feedback. The activities are targeted in helping your child gain awareness on why the skills are necessary, as well as giving him/her a chance to practice these skills in class with their peers. Parents are also provided regular feedback on what the child has learnt in class so you can help your child generalise the skills he/she has learnt.
Please see below the general scope of our social skills programs for different age groups:
5- 7 years old:
- Responding appropriately
- Asking for permission
- Asking for help
- Appropriate ways of to say “no”
Identifying and communicating emotions
- Identifying the basic emotions in self and others
- Showing appropriate behaviours corresponding to the emotions they are experiencing.
- Turn taking
- Winning and Losing well
- Being a good sport
- Initiating to play
8-11 years old:
- Learning about anger and why we feel this way
- Appropriate and inappropriate ways of displaying anger
- Strategies to prevent escalation
- Strategies to calm down
- What is a problem?
- Why do we need to learn how to solve problems?
- STOP THINK DO
- Generating more than 1 solution for each problem
Working in groups
- Why group work?
- Different group roles
- Appropriate and inappropriate group work behaviours
- Why do we need friends?
- Finding and choosing the right friends.
- Different levels of friendships
- Good conversations
- Trading information
- Eye contact: Too much or too little
- Standing distance: too close or too far
- Volume: Too loud/too soft
- Conversation Hog
- Don’t be an interviewer
- Don’t police
- Initiating conversation
- Exiting conversation
- Staying in touch
12 – 16 years old:
Understanding and managing emotions
- Why do we have emotions?
- What do we do with our emotions?
- Understanding why we feel a certain way
- What is perspective taking?
- Why do we need to take perspective?
- How can taking perspective be beneficial to me?
- How do we take perspective?
- Who am I?
- Likes and dislikes
- Strengths and weaknesses
- ASD awareness
- Life stages
- Identifying Physical changes
- Private vs Public behaviours
- Coping with hormonal changes.
- Coping with wet dreams and erections
- Personal space and respecting members of the opposite gender
- Understanding Emotional changes
- Crushes and infatuations
Please contact us to find out more details about Social Skills at Think Kids, Singapore.