Social Skills Development
Social, Friendships and Play
At Occupational Therapy Whitsunday we actively and explicitly teach play and Social Thinking. We help children explore their social minds to interpret and respond to each other. Children and teens are then observed to be more confident with friendships, to be more flexible in their thinking, and to have improved cognitive development.
How does it work?
We provide a specific evidence informed curriculum devoted to Social Thinking®. Social Thinking is taught using specifically developed resources and practised during play. The Social Thinking methodology enables perspective-taking, critical thinking and develops the ability share an imagination and our thoughts with others – all required in successful play and relationships.
At OTW we are experienced in developing tailored Social Stories. Social Stories® are highly individualised short stories that depict a social situation or everyday event that a child affected by autism, developmental delay, or learning disability may find difficult or confusing. Social Stories® increase a sense of competency and improved behavioural choices.
Steps we take.
Children and teens are assisted to develop social skills using clinically validated, structured and individualised training plans.
The child’s play level is formally assessed and gaps identified and play intervention tailored directly to your child’s age and current play level. We also provide specific support for different strategies underlying imaginative play. This structured program works to get everybody playing.
For older children and teens we further their social capacities by breaking down social interactions and exploring options for different outcomes. Many tweens and teens are interested to know how to participate in group learning and social situations, have conversations, deal with boring moments including homework, stop blurting, understand others’ intentions and to recognise and manage bullies.