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Social Interaction Skills

Engaging in socially competent behavior requires cognitive, behavioral, and emotional processes to operate in concert. In a social setting, a child must have the ability to (a) gather and organize information about the social environment, including people and events involved, (b) interpret this information and make meaning of it, (c) self-regulate behavior by inhibiting impulsive responses to it, and (d) decide how to respond appropriately to the situation.

Center for Social Cognition offers social and cognitive skills therapy for children with social skills deficits, ages 5 to 17. The program aims to develop social, emotional, cognition, and communication skills using a social interaction learning style.

Therapist: Karina Poirier, PsyD., BCBA-D

Enrollment: Intake Interview | Review of Historical Records | Assessment

Program Description

Emotional Skills

  • Recognizing emotions and understanding their appropriateness in social settings.
  • Expanding the repertoire of awareness of basic emotional expressions to more advance and complex emotions such as pride, embarrassment and shame.
  • Selecting and reciprocally responding to the relevant emotional cues within an interpersonal interaction.
  • Predicting other’s feelings and responding empathically.
  • Learning to manage and control one’s emotional responses.

Social Skills

  • Developing behaviors involved in active listening skills and showing concern  for others
  • Conforming to cultural norms, conventions, rules of behavior, and respecting others.
  • Identifying the desirable traits of friendship, such as sharing, kindness, compromise and fairness.
  • Acquiring valuable skills to build a positive self-image among peers.
  • Defining and applying the problem-solving process to social conflicts.

Communication Skills

  • Using language as a tool to move from concrete examples to an abstract understanding.
  • Using precise and clear language to convey responses.
  • Understanding the sequence and order of events and retelling them logically.
  • Communicating in an empathetic and flexible way.
  • Initiating, maintaining, and ending social interaction in a friendly way.

Executive Function Training

  • Sustaining deliberate attention to a stimulus and shift focus from one stimulus to another, while self-monitoring attention.
  • Gathering and accurately organizing information.
  • Discriminating between relevant and irrelevant information.
  • Thinking through the problem systematically.
  • Establishing a goal and devising a strategy to reach it.
  • Linking new information to knowledge previously acquired to solve a problem.
  • The ability to delay a response until all information has been systematically processed.
  • The ability to take responsibility and monitor one’s own behavior.

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