One of the most challenging things for a child with autism spectrum disorder is understanding and navigating the different social situations they may face every day. Helping children with autism navigate social challenges can give them the skills they need to be around peers and enjoy spending time in public, attending school, working, and other social functions. A social skills training program can give your child with autism the social skills necessary for leading a happy and independent life.
At Camp Worth, we provide a social skills training program as part of our autism therapy programs. We provide a holistic approach to treating frustrated teens aged 11-17 who need help with their social skills and other areas in their development. If your teen needs assistance developing their social skills, contact our Camp Worth team today by calling 855.915.2545 or completing our online form.
What Is Social Skills Training?
As children grow up, they naturally pick up on social skills, much like learning their first words. For children living with autism, the skills we take for granted are nearly impossible for them to understand, making it difficult for children with autism to pick up these skills that come naturally to everyone else.
Social skills training can help with events like going to a birthday party, school function, or other social events by giving children with autism a space to learn and practice social etiquette with their peers. They focus on social issues for children with autism, like appropriate greetings for friends and strangers, how to wait for their turn, or how to act around those of the opposite sex. Without these crucial skills, they risk frustration and negative behavior if something comes up that they are unfamiliar with.
During social skills training, your child will:
- Learn appropriate social behaviors and practice them in realistic social situations, like shaking hands, when to hug, and interacting with friends
- Focus on building attention and timing
- Practice new cognitive and language skills
- Improve on communication skills and learn about different social customs
At Camp Worth, we are all about helping children with autism navigate social challenges with our social skills training program. Your child will work with therapists and peers in a safe environment where they will learn new social skills and practice what they learn to prepare themselves for upcoming events.
Navigating Social Issues for Children with Autism
Children with autism may come across as shy and anti-social, but they crave attention just like the rest of us. They want to be included in family functions and spend time with friends. As a parent, you want to see your child happy and productive, and a social skills training program can give them the skills they need to navigate social challenges as they arise.
Social skills training can help with any type of social setting, including:
- Going to the store
- Going to a restaurant
- Going on a play date
- Potty training
- Handling a bully
- Taking turns
A parent’s education is just as essential as their child’s. You can help your child’s development by participating in their education and practicing what they learn at home.
Choose the Social Skills Training Program at Camp Worth to Help Your Teen with Autism
At Camp Worth, we are invested in helping children with autism navigate social challenges through our social skills training program. Our full-service autism programs can help with your child’s development with therapy programs such as:
- Recreational therapy
- Individual therapy
- Functional skills group
- Functional communication training
- Family counseling
If your teen needs help with their social skills, reach out to Camp Worth by filling out our online form or calling 855.915.2545 today to learn more about helping children with autism navigate social challenges with our social skills training program.