Social Skills

Tying in principles from Applied Behavioral Analysis, Occupational Therapy, and Speech and Language Therapy, Social Skills Training is imperative for teaching children, especially those with Social Anxiety, how to:

  • Initiate conversations
  • Practice socializing in community settings
  • Understand emotions, facial expressions, gestures and body language
  • Be assertive or empathetic
  • Make a few friends right in group
  • Use the skills when the program is complete

Most therapy programs recognize the critical need to address social skills for individuals with autism. At PAAC, our SST programs are based more on the skill level of participants rather than based on age in order to hone each individual’s strengths and needs.

What are social skills?

Social skills are skills that are necessary in the development of communication among others. Social skills can be verbal, nonverbal, written or visual that help us communicate and interact with others. These skills help to facilitate interactions with others at home, in school, and out in the community.

How do I know if my child would benefit from social skills development?

Social skills are an essential piece of a child’s development. Most children, regardless of age, can benefit from social skills training as it covers a wide range of topics from engaging in appropriate conversations with others, playing nicely with others, to having the ability to advocate for oneself.

If you have noticed any type of social deficit with your child (they do not share with others, they cannot hold reciprocal conversations with others, they have difficulties forming and maintaining friendships), then social skills may be a good fit for them! 

What age range does PAAC treat?

At PAAC we can treat kids from ages 2-21.

Where can my child receive PAAC’s applied behavioral analysis therapy?

Brodheadsville and Jim Thorpe locations.