Social Skills

What are Social Skills?

Social skills are your tools for understanding and interacting with others in our daily lives.

Social skills are an essential part of life.

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.

Children and young adults who can benefit from social skills training include:

Benefits of Social Skills

Social skills can be learnt.

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:

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.

Our Programs

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 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.

Our packages

Please see below the general scope of our social skills programs for different age groups:

5- 7 years old:

Functional Communication

Identifying and communicating emotions

Play skills

8-11 years old:

Anger management

Problem Solving

Working in groups

Making Friends

12 – 16 years old:

Understanding and managing emotions

Perspective Taking

Self-awareness

Understanding Puberty