Each of us requires the ability to communicate with others in a way that meets our needs and allows us to express our feelings. Most of us learn the skills necessary to interact socially without giving it too much thought. For some though, it is not as straight-forward.
Interacting socially and engaging in meaningful relations with others are complex skills which require more than just the acquisition of language. For those with Asperger’s syndrome, high functioning autism, social phobia, non-verbal learning disorder and other related conditions, gaining the pre-requisite skills requires a far more planned and structured approach to learning.
At the Allied Health Practice we work with people of all ages who often diagnostically ‘fall between the cracks’. We aim to help social development through childhood and forming peer relations, the adjustment and transition into adulthood, building the skills necessary to succeed in college life, employment, and the development of satisfying interpersonal relationships throughout life.
We offer one to one, family and small group programmes designed to help those of who struggle with the social demands of everyday life.
Problems we deal with include: social understanding and competence, social literacy, non-verbal communication, facial expressions and cues, conversation skills and progression in various social situations, assertiveness and bullying, peer relations and friendships, self-disclosure, keeping safe, dating, attraction and sexuality.
We also work with those who have self-esteem and confidence problems or a sense of failure to ‘fit in’ to the peer group. We can help with difficulties in various social settings including at home, school, college, university, work, or in building skills for independent community living.