For High Schoolers

What we do for High Schoolers

Students  in high school need to hone the basic social skills.  They need to master observing others and thinking about the actions of others and what those actions really mean.  They need to observe, listen, take turns, respect personal space, maintain a friendly attitude and learn to repair mistakes!  They need to learn to work successfully on group projects and maintain emotional regulation and sportsmanship in all situations.  High Schoolers need to think about how their actions affect how they are seen by their peers and teachers.  This group of teens needs help figuring out how to join into a group and how to have comfortable conversations with others, boys and girls.  Starting to focus on Life Planning is important as they will need to be laying those stepping stones to independence now!

Who is this for?

High Schoolers who struggle to hang out and converse with friends, work with peers and get along with family members, teachers, bosses. This will help teens understand the perspective of others and reading social situations effectively. They may have difficulty with social problem solving, flexibility and knowing how to behave appropriately in a variety of situations. They may have a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS, High Functioning Autism, NVLD, ADD/ADHD or have no diagnosis, but have difficulty understanding social expectations.

The Process for High Schoolers

First we will schedule an initial social skills assessment where I will meet with parent and their teen. We will then make a decision about the best way to help your high schooler gain social skills: Working individually with a student is a great way to work intensively on specific skills that are causing difficulties. Working in a peer group on social skills puts new skills into practice. Enrolling in both group and individual sessions can really hone in on the weaknesses observed during group sessions and concentrate on improving those areas of weakness.

Initial Social Skills Assessment:

This assessment will cover social skills basics, regulation, interactive skill levels, perspective taking, reciprocity, strengths and weaknesses, motivation, appropriateness for group learning or individual learning.

Focus of Individual and/or Group Sessions:

Students in high school hone the basic social skills. They master observing others and thinking about the actions of others and what those actions really mean. They need to observe, listen, take turns, respect personal space, maintain a friendly attitude and learn to repair mistakes! They learn to work successfully on group projects and maintain emotional regulation and sportsmanship in all situations. High Schoolers need to think about how their actions affect how they are seen by their peers and teachers. This group of teens needs help figuring out how to join into a group and how to have comfortable conversations with others, boys and girls. Starting to focus on Life Planning is important as they will need to be laying the stepping stones to a successful transition following high school and independence now!

Parent Role:

Parents will be asked to fill out several forms and checklists to further highlight strengths and specific skills and behaviors causing concern at home and at school. Together, we will determine priorities and develop next steps to improving social thinking and skills! It is important for parents to understand the complexities of social thinking in order to support their teen and start setting realistic goals for helping with independence and the transition period following high school. Individual parent meetings and parent groups are offered as well.