Social skills are important to all aspects of life. The principles and procedures for analyzing and changing behavior (ABA) are used to target social skill deficits in the home and community environments. Individuals are assessed in their natural environment and assessment is based on individual need. Programs are developed to address individual skills in turn taking, conversational skills, peer interactions, perspective taking, play skills, and so forth.
Program monitoring is performed in the same environment the service is provided. The Clinical Program Coordinator will monitor data to decide the course of treatment, provide feedback to the Instructors, and train continuity of care with the parents/caretakers. All programs are implemented by PAL Instructor’s who all receive an initial training on the principles and procedures for analyzing and changing behavior, in addition to, a program specific training prior to starting social skills programing with a child (or adult). PAL recommends parent involvement if the individual is conserved or under the age of 18 years old. Parents will be taught how to manage and maintain their child’s skills when the programming has been completed.
Social Skills Training is provided in a group format and may occur in the clinic, home, and/or community based settings. Parents, family members, siblings, and peers also receive training in procedures for facilitating social interactions. Individuals are grouped according to age and their availability to attend training sessions. Contact your local regional center for possible funding of services.