Social Skills Development
Focus on integration.
Children with autism and related developmental disorders, frequently struggle in the area of social interaction. Odd behaviors, difficulty understanding and responding to other’s experiences, and unusual focus on particular topics or items set these children apart from their peers. Yet, we know that integration into a community is extremely important and beneficial for those with autism and other developmental disorders and significantly supports the managament of problematic behaviors. To this end, Focus offers a variety of options for social skills support, including:
- One-to-one behavioral intervention focusing on social skills development, in the home or school environment.
- School-based social skills groups. Focus has been a part of a collaborative effort to develop a model for practical social support in schools. This low-cost, high-impact model provides schools a form to work with several affected students and their peers to promote social learning, parent involvement, and overall integration into the school community.