Social Skills Groups
Social skills groups will bring individuals together to work on target social skills in a group context. Activities such as warm-ups, role play, videotaping and watching recordings and films may be used to focus on a particular area of social skill. Show and-tell techniques may be used as a focus for talking about favourite subjects whilst having to gauge the response of the audience. Approaches may include integrated modelling, coaching, recreational games and role playing. Social skill groups last for a varied length of time – as short as an 8 week period, or across an entire year. Different themes can be addressed in each term and may include developing enjoyment of the group, role plays of increasing complexity, discussion of problems and understanding of feelings, conversation, voice tone, leave taking, temper control, flexibility and taking account of others’ points of view.