Think Kids Singapore

Social Skills

Social skills are an essential part of life.


Social skills are an individual’s tools for understanding and interacting with people in their daily lives.

Effective social skills allow appropriate communication  with others.

Without proper social skills, children often display behavioural difficulties in school and experience anxiety, depression, bullying, low self-esteem, problems in making and maintaining friendships.

In many cases this lack of social skills and experience is due to the individual not having  sufficient opportunity to practice and acquire such essential social skills.

This absence of social skills learning opportunities is most common for children and young adults who are considered “different” (either due to their special needs or behaviour challenges) who often find themselves rejected or targeted by their peer group .

Some examples of children and young adults who can benefit from social skills training  include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD)
  • Victims of bullying and teasing
  • Low confidence and self-esteem
  • Children who have difficulty making friends

Social skills can be learnt.


At Think Kids, we offer group social skills training employing proven, evidence-based methods to teach your child how to engage, regulate and respond to social interactions with peers.

Children and young adults who have participated in Think Kids’ social skills training in Singapore have shown significant improvements in:

  • Making and sustaining friendships with others
  • Self-confidence in social settings
  • Their emotional intelligence (“E.Q.”)
  • Understanding  how to join-in and/or initiate play with others
  • How to take turns and share
  • Teamwork through collaborative play
  • Understanding non-verbal communication
  • Managing their anger and frustration in group settings
  • Social conversation skills
  • Eye contact and attention

Social skills groups at Think Kids are organized in small groups of similar age and complementary skills sets so that each group member can learn from their peers. Typically each social skills group will meet once a week for 90-minutes.

The social skills groups are moderated by our qualified trainers who are experienced in applying evidence based techniques with children and young adults.

We customise for developmental objectives of your child.


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:

Functional Communication

  • Greeting
  • 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.

Play skills

  • Turn taking
  • Winning and Losing well
  • Being a good sport
  • Initiating to play

8-11 years old:

Anger management

  • Learning about anger and why we feel this way
  • Appropriate and inappropriate ways of displaying anger
  • Strategies to prevent escalation
  • Strategies to calm down

Problem Solving

  • 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

Making Friends

  • 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

Perspective Taking

  • What is perspective taking?
  • Why do we need to take perspective?
  • How can taking perspective be beneficial to me?
  • How do we take perspective?

Self-awareness

  • Who am I?
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • ASD awareness

 

Understanding Puberty

  • 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.