Social Skills Program
Good social skills allow children to communicate with others, resolve conflict, and express their emotions in an appropriate manner. At project MIND, Inc., in North Las Vegas, Nevada, the team of behavioral specialists offers a comprehensive social skills program to help your child succeed in social situations, particularly in school.
Social skills programs aim to strengthen your child’s ability to interact with others and control impulsive behaviors. The social skills your child learns during early childhood provide the foundation to build interpersonal relationships as they age.
Healthy social skills don’t just influence your child’s ability to communicate with others. Good social skills positively impact their behavior, self-regulation, academic performance, and conflict resolution abilities.
Several types of social skills can help your child thrive in their interpersonal interactions, including:
Social awareness enables children to understand other points of view and empathize with others.
Resolving conflict is an essential step in preparing for social situations. Disagreements, teasing, feeling left out, and losing when playing games are all situations children experience in social environments. Well-rounded social skills can help your child regulate their emotions and make good decisions when experiencing conflict.
Like conflict resolution, problem-solving ensures your child understands how to navigate challenging situations, such as disagreements with friends, accepting the consequences of negative behavior, and making good decisions.
When your child knows how to make healthy decisions, they recognize that actions have consequences. Good decision-making skills encourage children to think ahead and understand how their behavior and actions may affect their interpersonal relationships.
Children who respect others are more likely to listen, follow directions, and understand boundaries and social cues.
The team at project MIND, Inc., individualizes their social skills program to meet the needs of every child in their care. How the team designs your child’s program depends on many different factors, including any underlying developmental disorders they may have, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
At project MIND, Inc., the team uses the principles of applied behavioral analysis (ABA) to encourage healthy social skills. ABA therapy promotes positive behavior changes through positive reinforcement, praise, rewards, and incentives.
Examples of social skills the team may target in your child’s individualized program include:
Making appropriate eye contact
Engaging in conversation
Expressing emotion in a productive manner
Emotional regulation when losing
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