Social skills are a critical aspect of language development, directly affecting communication and relationships. When working individually, social skill development is enhanced by specific and individualized attention from the clinician. In groups, peer interactions are facilitated by the clinician. Development of social skills is an integral part of language development and learning at any level. The clinical relationship integrates social skill development as part of the natural course of learning, targeting specific skills as necessary.
Social skill development helps the client to access, cultivate and mature both verbal and non-verbal language skills, focusing on the following areas:
- Topic maintenance
- Perspective taking
- Non-verbal and body language
- Higher order and flexible thinking
- Understanding & Reading social cues