What Is Taught During Social Skills Therapy?
Our social skills group therapy touches on many social, adaptive, vocational and self-help topics. These topics are derived from the research-based curriculum, The PEERS Curriculum. PEERS was created at UCLA by Elizabeth Laugeson, which is a socially validated curriculum for peer-based social groups ( Laugeson, E. A. (2014). The PEERS curriculum for school based professionals: Social skills training for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. New York: Routledge.).
Club TLC also incorporates the teachings of Social Thinking by Dr. Michelle Garcia Winters, a well-known social skills clinician (https://www.socialthinking.com/).
Together these sources compile to make a well-rounded curriculum for all!
Our Topics include:
Introductions (How To Introduce) Eye Contact and Greetings
Trading Information Electronic Communication (varies)
Holidays and Parties (from A-Z) Starting and Joining Conversations
Two Way Conversations (How to Keep it Going) Choosing Appropriate Friends
Navigating Get-Togethers Making Friends in the Community
Sportsmanship Handling Bullying/ Teasing
Changing Reputations Cooking Skills
These are just some of the topics we will cover in our specific social skills unit. Club TLC meets 2x a week for two-hour sessions. One group on Monday/Wednesday and the other on Tuesday/Thursday.
Club TLC also offers more advanced skills in a one on one or small group format as needed for things like: vocational and job needs, College prep and even dating. In fact, one of the Curriculums Club TLC has used for years was recently on a Netflix show Love On the Spectrum. In Episode 3 the characters go to a dating boot camp so to speak, this is partly with the creator of PEERS Dr. Laugeson uses her techniques to help guide and assist in the process. Click here if you would like to watch it!