Social Skills Training
At BrainX we tend to train children and adults individually if they need support in their social skills, as we find that each individual often has very different needs in regards to training. We do offer some groups at various times if we have enough of one type of issue that needs training (eg. children with autism spectrum). We do not, however, mix our groups across different disorders as we have not found this to be effective. We train a variety of skills according to the issues identified on a clinical interview as well as our standardised Social Skills Rating Scales. This looks at internalising and externalising disorders as well as 5 other scales including cooperation, empathy, assertion, self-control, & responsibility.
At BrainX we also recommend the Secret Agent Society (SAS) social skills training program. The SAS is a breakthrough social skills approach for 8 to 12-year-old children, with a range of different social and emotional challenges. SAS has fun, spy-themed resources and program that helps children learn how to feel happier, calmer and braver. It also teaches them how to make friends and keep them.
The SAS program is suitable for children with
- High functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Anxiety Disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Anger management difficulties
- Other general challenges with friendships, team work, conversations or staying calm
The four level Secret Agent Society (SAS) Computer Game, paired with supporting visual tools and adult support can be used to help children with goals such as:
- recognising simple and complex emotions in themselves and others
- coping strategies for unpleasant feelings
- identifying unhelpful thoughts and replacing them with more helpful alternatives
- self-reflection and perspective-taking in social interactions
- skills for conversation and play with peers
- considering the social consequences of one’s actions
- responding to social challenges, such as being bullied, trying new things, working as a team and making mistakes.