Social Skills & Play Skills

Social skills therapy is used to work with children, adolescents, and adults that have difficulty initiating and maintaining relationships with their peers. Individuals diagnosed with, Autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, Bipolar, neurodevelopmental disorders, oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder struggle with social skills.

For example, many of these individuals struggle with the following:

  • Maintaining eye contact with others
  • Recognizing facial expressions
  • Recognizing others’ feelings
  • Recognizing their own feelings
  • Expressing their own feeling appropriately
  • Responding appropriately to others
  • Preserving social situations in a healthy manner
  • Initiating conversations or play with others
  • Following the conversation of others
  • Turn taking and sharing
  • Recognizing boundaries
  • Understanding jokes, sarcasm, implied meaning, and the non-literal meaning of commonly used phrases.
  • Understanding “social rules” or exceptions to the “rules”, which can be especially problematic as they enter into junior high and high school.
  • Understanding others’ perspectives

These are just a few of the social skills that cause significant problems for these individuals in different social settings.

While they long to have relationships with others, they feel relationships are stressful and overwhelming. So many of these individuals avoid social situations and isolate themselves. The isolation from others will invariably lead to more problems that will inhibit individuals from having the quality of life they strive for and deserve.

Individuals can be taught the skills they need through individual sessions and group sessions that will allow them to be successful in a variety of social situations. At Positive Outcomes we offer both individual and group sessions that enable our clients to learn the social skills they need to be successful at developing and maintaining relationships.

Play therapy is used to treat social, emotional, and behavioral problems that children struggle with due to a variety of reasons. As such, we believe parents are the most important and influential change agents in a child’s life. Parents are asked to participate in the therapy process to learn to connect with their child in a way that will enable the child to overcome their problems. By being involved, parents and children begin to build strong relationships that will allow them to continue to overcome future obstacles together. Parents are also provided educational information to understand their child’s unique needs and development.

Play therapy at Positive Outcomes facilitates the following goals:

  1. Help children to identify and express their feelings
  2. Give children an opportunity to express themselves to their parents
  3. Teach children effective coping and problem solving skills
  4. Increase the parents and child relationship by fostering trust and confidence in each other
  5. Reduce poor coping skills and counterproductive behaviors.
  6. Assist the family in becoming more open and united to foster healthy emotional, intellectual, behavioral and social child development.