The social skill programs are required when a child is dignosed by social communication disorder which includes the following problems:
-social interaction (e.g., speech style and context, rules for linguistic politeness)
-social cognition (e.g., emotional competence, understanding emotions of self and others)
-pragmatics (e.g., communicative intentions, body language, eye contact).
SOCH deliver social skills training through PEERS® program which is developed by UCLA
PEERS® is a manualized, social skills training intervention for youth with social challenges. It has a strong evidence-base for use with adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder, but is also appropriate for preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socioemotional problems.
The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated adolescents in middle school or high school who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends.
During each group session adolescents are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities (e.g. playing sports, board games, etc.).
Parents are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.