Advanced Behavior & Educational Clinics ​​​​

Social Skills

ABEClinics provides an all-inclusive approach in servicing and supporting individuals with developmental disabilities.  One service offered by the Organization is an evidence-based Social Skills Training program.  This program blends both facility-based and community-based training for children and young adults with developmental disabilities and their family members.  Acquiring positive social skills is a vital part of an individual’s acceptance and success in life, while also allowing access to function both independently and as part of a group within society.

The goal of ABE’s Social Skills Training program is to provide individuals with developmental disabilities with the necessary and appropriate social-interaction skill sets to facilitate involvement within their home and  communities.  ABE Clinics offers additional opportunities for normalization by providing teaching and support for skills that will enable the fullest extent of physical and social integration within our communities.   Our Social Skills Training program has been developed focusing on both the client and families achieving personal goals and generalization of these skills.

The parent/caregiver component is imperative within this program as it intends to equip family members with necessary tools to help foster and select interventions, while reinforcing skills taught during facilitated sessions in order to encourage generalization of skills across various settings.  Parents/caregivers are required to be highly involved and participate fully in the program.   Skills and tools acquired by participants will be utilized towards generalization across environments upon program fade out.

This program is designed to model and teach typical verbal and nonverbal behaviors involved within social interactions, while improving interpersonal skills, social interactions, social communications, anxieties and play skills.

Service & Program Implementation
ABEClinics offers the Social Skills Training curriculum to clients in both individual and group settings.  Additionally, the program infuses a parallel training for client family members.  This includes individually designed goals for a parent/caregiver to also allow for the measurement of progress.   Our end goal is for progress to continue within the home environment through parent/caregiver training and awareness in the facilitation of independently offering further support and growth.   This vital portion of program support is designed to encourage and promote skills acquired by parent/caregiver to teach skills to other family members, such as siblings, grandparents and other immediate family members or care givers that live with or closely interact with the client.