Parent-assisted intervention focusing on children and teens who are having difficulty making or keeping friends offered in a 14-week class program for children ages 8 to 12 and teens ages 13 to 17.
How does all this work?
The intervention includes separate parent and teen sessions that meet at the same time for 90 minutes each week over a 14-week period.
The group focuses on skills such as:
- Having conversations
- Entering and exiting conversations
- Properly using electronic forms of communication
- Choosing appropriate friends
- Handling teasing
- Dealing with bullying and other forms of social rejection
- Handling arguments and disagreements with friends
- Having appropriate get togethers with friends
- Being a good host for guests as well as being a good sport
Parents and teens are required to do homework assignments each week so they can generalize what they learn in session to home, community, and school environments. This is done in order to gain assurance that parents and teens are engaging with each other through effective communication. Creating learning patterns that will last is the goal of the homework given each week.
What Can I Expect?
Teens will meet in a small group format and receive specific instruction dealing with various behavioral tendencies.
Concrete rules and steps of social etiquette are presented in lessons that include role-playing and modeling for both appropriate and inappropriate behaviors. Teens rehearse the lesson taught and receive in-session coaching by multiple social coaches. Homework is then given at the end of each lesson that will include real life practice to better emphasize learning these important social skills.
Parent sessions are held at the same time as the adolescent sessions. It is mandatory that at least one parent consistently attend the program every week. The parent group provides social coaching, assistance with the generalization of skills learned each week, and guidance on interpersonal problem solving.
By the middle of the intervention, parents will often report, "My teen no longer stays in his room when company comes, but comes out to interact more." By the end of the intervention, many teens will be having regular get-togethers with small groups of peers.
Who Can Benefit?
Our program is helpful for adolescents diagnosed with:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Social Phobias
- BIpolar Disorder
In addition to diagnosed disorders, our program has also been proven beneficial for shy, introverted or socially awkward teens.
Call Us Today To Change Your Teen's Life Tomorrow
Call today for a free prescreening phone interview to establish your child's appropriateness for this program. Teens must have motivation to attend and adequate verbal skills to ensure the ability to follow the lessons presented. At least one parent must agree to attend classes each week and assist with the completion of homework.
Together, we will work with you as a team to accomplish your teen's ultimate goal - making friends!