Social skills refer to behaviours that are basic to effective communication between individuals. They are skills needed to interact and get along with others. They are identifiable learned behaviours that individuals use in interpersonal situations to obtain maximum reinforcement from their environment.
Considerable research has indicated that behavioural and emotional problems in children are the direct result of deficits in social skills. Some children learn early in life to rely on painful manipulative and controlling behaviours to achieve social goals, often at the expense of others. These behaviours may result in peer rejection, hostility, and aggression. Some children feel the need to punish others for rejecting them. Others withdraw, avoid social interactions and may develop social anxiety. The cycle continues, the same behaviours are practiced, and these patterns of behaving become more ingrained in the child’s learning of inadequate social skills. For some children, developing social skills is simple, for others it needs to be taught. Early intervention is most effective in teaching children how to get along with others.
Wishing Wellness offers a variety of social skill programs for both primary school and high school students, as well as social skills training for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD.
The groups focus on emotion regulation, friendships, resilience, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, negotiation skills, assertiveness training, anger management, anxiety management, Mindfulness techniques, meditation, stress management, bullying / cyber-bullying, and self esteem.