Social Skills Training. BLAST is a social skill training and parent training program. We strive to provide interventions that assist you and your child to better identify how to develop age appropriate social skills. Specific goals vary by child and we work with each family to set appropriate and realistic goals. We believe that social skills development is a collaborative process that requires a very active effort on your part. It is important that each family works on social skills weekly.
The BLAST philosophy is based upon Socratic Questioning and in-vivo learning. The general skill areas that are taught include friendship/play skills, emotional regulation, communication, and self-regulation. The skill areas have been drawn from several different social skills models.
In addition, BLAST utilizes peer mediated social skills interventions. Program activities are designed to give participants a variety of social experiences in which they will have both successes and challenges. As a result, social skills training has benefits, risks and consequences. Since it often requires working on difficult skill areas, your child may at times experience uncomfortable levels of feelings. By addressing these, social skills training has been shown to be very beneficial in that it can lead to a significant reduction in problem areas. It is important to remember, however, that resolution of a problems can never be guaranteed and it is important for BLAST to maintain open communication with the family about current improvements and challenges.
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