Handprint’s ABA Social Skills Training
The goal of the Handprints team when teaching social skills is not meant to force a neurodivergent individual to behave more like neurotypical peers; instead, our programs teach social skills that focus on helping your child navigate neurotypical settings and getting along with other neurodivergent individuals. Social skills training ABA targets the skills your child needs to access their preferred environment, regardless of if that is in big groups with lots of friends and activities or with a single like-minded friend with the same interests. Whether on a one-on-one basis or in a social skills group session, our team uses Applied Behavior Therapy (ABA) to break down complex social skills into smaller parts that build on each other until the complex skill is attained.
Social Skills Group ABA
Many of our learners experience isolation in school or other social environments, so Handprint Therapies’ social group program focuses on building a sense of community. Our social groups are a place where they can just be themselves and feel welcome. We also match kids based on age, ability, and interest to give your child the best setting for interacting with their peers. Once assigned to a social group, their BCBA then develops a curriculum designed to meet the specific needs and interests of their unique group.
Meeting 2-3 days a week for 2 hours at a time, group leaders teach small components of specific social skills through instruction and modeling. The group then practices together through games and other activities all while their group leader provides coaching and feedback.
1:1 ABA Therapy for Social Skills
Not all of our learners are ready for a social skills group ABA session, and that’s completely ok. Our team is still able to work with your child on their unique social challenges in a one-on-one environment. Similar to our social skills group ABA programs, your child’s BCBA will develop a curriculum using scientifically-based behavioral learning to specifically address their specific social needs and interests.