Social responses may come naturally to us. If someone walks by and gives you a smile, you would naturally smile back. If you are playing legos with a friend, you take turns to put blocks on one-by-one! However, these skills do not come easy to a child with ASD. We have to break these into small steps by ensuring they know how to get other’s attention, initiate conversations and respond appropriately to questions, play and share toys with friends, and accepting rejections from others. Buddies’ program pulls and adopt activities and content from internationally published social skills programs such as Michelle Garcia Winner’s ‘We Thinkers!’ series and Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson’s empricially supported UCLA ‘Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) curriculum.
Through our ‘Buddies’ program, they get a chance to meet new buddies, learn to share, play and laugh through social games, turn-taking games, snack time, role-plays and even social outings!
At ABLE, we currently offer Social groups for 2 different age groups.
Age 6 -9
Age 3 - 5
This program aims to equip basic social skills for children with ASD or social challenges in a group format.
Our social skills group adapts content from Michelle Garcia Winner’s ‘We Thinkers! Volume 1’ program. You can expect your child to learn through role-plays, games and activities, practice these skills and learn to do the same outside of the lessons.
Is my child ready to be a Social Explorer?
If your child has a handle on verbal language and can follow group direction with occasional support, he/she is ready to be evaluated for Social Skills Group!
Sense of belonging
Keep cool when problems arise
Asking and remembering names
Age 6 - 9
Is my child ready to be a Chit Chatter?
If your child has basic conversational skills, and mastered the skills from the Social Explorer's program, and with some extra support can participate in the group, he/she is ready to join this Social Skills Group!
At this stage, your child is able to respond to social cues and making friendships. The focus has being to shift to thinking about others. We build on the basic social skills from beginner group further by continuing onto Michelle Garcia Winner’s ‘We Thinkers! Volume 2’ and Dr Elizabeth Laugeson’s UCLA ‘Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) curriculum.