What You Need to Know About Social Skills Groups
Social skills groups can be powerful ways to teach social understanding and social skills. They benefit many children with Autism, ADHD, anxiety, and shyness. BUT…how do parents and professionals assess the quality of a social skills group?
What do I ask before starting a group?
- What are the concrete skills my child will be taught?
- How will these skills be taught in real-life situations?
- How will my child be taught? What techniques will be used?
- How will progress be determined?
- What are the ages and skill levels of other children in the group?
- What is the student to instructor ratio?
- How skills be transferred into the home and community?
- What are the credentials of the instructors? How much experience do they have?
What do I look for after the group starts?
- Does my child feel successful?
- Does my child like the group leaders?
- Is my child being challenged and having fun?
- Does the child want to return to the group? And if not, is there a plan in place to address this problem?
- Are my questions/concerns being addressed?