Enhancing The Quality Of Life For Those Impacted By Autism
As a member of society, it's imperative that you can effectively communicate with one another and that you can get along with others as well. After all, unless you live in a bubble, you will have contact with others, and it's important to know how to behave. In children with autism, the reality is that some children do live in a bubble, and it's super important that we burst that bubble as much as possible and as soon as possible so that those children can grow up knowing how to interact in social situations and lead a great life to the fullest.
The mission of ACES is to enhance the quality of life for individuals and families who have been impacted by autism and other special needs. We do this by offering autism treatments and therapies in many locations throughout the Western United States. Our highly trained staff is well-versed in autism therapies, such as ABA or Applied Behavioral Analysis, Pivotal Response Training, Discrete Trial Training, and social skills training. We are driven to ensure each child or adult who has been impacted by autism has the best chance to lead a high-quality life. Contact a local ACES location near you to get started today!
What Social Skills ACES Can Help With
- Help with conversations with others
- Help with play skills with others
- Help with understanding social norms
- Help with making friends
- Help with eye contact
- Help with getting along with others
- Help with solving problems
- Help with managing emotions
- And so much more!
What Are Social Skills?
Social skills is an all-encompassing term for communicating with others both verbally and non-verbally. This can include the spoken word, actions, and body language, including facial expressions and eye contact. Social skills is a learned behavior that most people learn from watching their parents and other adults as they grow up. It's the crux of forming relationships with others and is super important in career advancement as well.
One of the main symptoms of those with an autism spectrum disorder is social dysfunction, which is rooted in the condition itself. You may notice:
- A delay in the development in speaking
- The inability to notice non-verbal cues, which can be taken as indifference
- Repetitive behaviors and utterances, as well as an adherence to a fixed routine
- Sensory inputs that can cause outbursts, such as noises
Because of these, it is extremely hard for those with autism to acquire social skills, and a concerted effort must be made to teach them. The amazing therapists at ACES have years of experience in helping those impacted by autism gain the social skills they need to have meaningful relationships throughout their lives. Contact us to learn more today!
Reasons To Invest In Social Skills For Those With An Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teaching children with autism social skills can most definitely be challenging. It can be a difficult road, but every effort made and every milestone achieved is most definitely worth it. As humans, we were all meant to be social. The saying "it takes a village to raise a child" is so true. Children thrive when they have many adults investing in them and in their childhood. Children can learn many skills and different skills as they interact in society, so the more they have contact with others, the better they will grow.
Being able to function in normal social settings is super critical for children and adults with an autism spectrum disorder. Going to a party, dancing, celebrating birthdays and holidays, and attending weddings are normal human activities that contribute to who we are as people. Being able to function in normal social settings and enjoy them helps to lead to a better quality of life overall. Going through life alone is not exactly something anyone wishes to do, but it can be especially challenging for someone on the autism spectrum. There is help; reach out to ACES to learn more about autism services today!
The Benefits Of Social Skills Groups
Having opportunities for children, young adults, and adults on the autism spectrum to interact with others is crucial for teaching social skills. One of the biggest benefits of having a social skills group with others who have autism allows children to practice social skills with less pressure since all of those in the group are in the same boat. This can lead to a development of communication skills and social skills more readily. There are curriculums designed for these groups that help therapists when they are facilitating them. Some of the things to look for in social skills groups for those with autism include:
- Help with self-esteem
- Confidence-building activities
- Practice in real-life situations like in the community at large
- Group children who are at a similar level together, such as by language skills or social skills
- Ensure there is structure and a skilled facilitator to lead the social skills groups
- Provide guidance and action steps for social skill building
- Encourage collaboration and working together whenever possible
Most people who have autism want to have meaningful relationships with others; they just don't know how. By providing these opportunities to these children and young adults, they can begin to develop these social skills so they can have friends and relationships with others. Contact ACES to get started today!
Choose Aces For Your Social Skills Groups Today
ACES is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those impacted by autism and their families. Since 1996, we've been helping those impacted by autism by providing the autism treatments they need. All of our therapies are tailored to the individual, putting their needs first. Our therapists have years of experience and backgrounds in psychology, occupational and speech therapies, and education. They are passionate about helping those children with autism lead their best lives ever.
In addition to social skills groups, ACES offers many methodologies for autism treatments, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, Discrete Trial Training, PECS, Pivotal Response Training, visual strategies, and so much more. We aim to foster community, providing support groups for children and parents alike. We hold many activities and encourage growth at every turn. We offer over a dozen locations throughout the West and are opening more on a regular basis to better serve you. We believe that every child or adult who has autism should have access to the highest standards of autism care.
If you are interested in ACES' social skills groups or any of our top-rated autism services, including parent support, reach out to one of our locations today!