Social Skills for High School, College and Life Goals

Social Skills for Middle, High School and Beyond…

Older Elementary, Middle, and High School Students: Wednesdays 5:00-6:30

Social Skill Training for Grade Level Students

 

For students performing close or at grade level academics who struggle with the “social norms”, who are preparing for high school, college or are employment bound, it becomes increasingly more important for these students to access strategies and use appropriate social skills with peers and adults. Our speech therapists are specialized experts in social skill development and relating these skills for success out in the real world.

We work with high functioning children who are on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, High Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, or another diagnosis. Students are engaged in functional, real life activities, and receive hands-on social skills training while interacting with peers.

Hear from Our Parents

Elementary pupil discussing pictureWhy Social Skills are Challenging

For many students who are on the Autism Spectrum, have Aspergers Syndrome or sensory processing issues, attention deficit or have another type of disability, the brain is not wired for social nuances and how to interpret people, circumstances and environment. Our “social culture” changes frequently, people and the environment are not always predicable or consistent. This is very true for high school and college. It is easy for kids to feel anxious or sadness and engage in inappropriate behaviors because of not knowing what to do or how to be.

 

Social Skills Development at Beyond Classroom Walls

We prepare students for middle school, high school and college by teaching them how to identify the hidden social code to situations and teach what to do when the social world is hard to navigate.

We look at students being efficient with social skills when they can identify behaviors in themselves and others, determine what they can learn about people and situations, identify other points of views, be able to adapt their behavior and communicate effectively to respond in a manner that leads to positive exchanges.

Our activities are action-based and supported by research such as cooking, doing projects with peers or partner work. We use video modeling and frequently video our students to provide immediate feedback on how their behaviors impact others. We also role play and address the social issues typical for high school and young adults.

 

Social Skills Training Out in the Community

The best way to teach and reinforce social skills is to provide experiences in our local community. Our training also includes trips out in the community so our students can interact with peers and adults in a loosely structured environment, with distractions to apply newly learned skills and practice with strategies.

We visit fun eateries and small shops where students can practice skills and receive coaching on appropriate behaviors and then receive detailed feedback. We also record interactions for detailed feedback and future lessons. We are also working on providing volunteering and vocational experiences so students can work on social skills, anxiety and behavior at the highest level.

Teaching social skills and then reinforcing skills at the community level is the perfect balance for improving these skills and behaviors. It provides hands-on opportunity while working toward minimizing anxiety and building confidence so these teens can be successful in school at a job and have a full life .

Group Highlights: -

  • Research supported programming targeted toward the specific social skills impacting grade level students
  • Video modeling to record behaviors and provide immediate feedback. This technique is heavily supported by research
  • Direct hands-on coaching for building social skills, social norms and communication techniques
  • Student driven topics for discussion
  • Strategies and calming techniques taught for managing sensory issues and anxiety

Program Length: Each quarter is 8 weeks. A progress report towards the goals is provided. We offer 4 quarters across the school year from September to May. We have separate community based intensive summer camps in July and August and year around day and evening camps.

Age: Older Elementary, Middle, and High School students

Prerequisite Skills: Age/grade level with academics or close to that level. Students are conversational, reading, writing and can use a computer. Student is a candidate for college or a job.

Primary Areas of Focus: Higher level social skill and social problem training for successful experiences in school, college and be better prepared for employment and a full life.

Please give us a call (303) 330-3309. It will be our pleasure to learn about your child. We are located in S.E. Denver- Aurora

Funding Sources

  • Private Pay
  • Insurance Reimbursement. We collect the fee and then provide a statement to submit for reimbursement from your insurance company or heath savings account
  • CES Waiver. The CES waiver for behavior may be used for our social skills programming. Respite may be used for camps. The waiver does not cover private speech therapy for kids
  • Special Interest-Free Financing available for continual training in our social skills or reading programs. Payments can be divided across 12 months.