There is an unspoken truth: children with a neurodevelopmental disorder (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger’s Syndrome) can often find it difficult to form friendships. Many neurodevelopmental disorders cause a child to take everything literally – as such, puns, multi-step instructions, and vagueness may go over a child’s head. As a result, it is painfully common for overworked teachers to be frustrated and cruel peers to not take the time to learn your child’s quirks. Often, children with neurodevelopmental disorders also have coping mechanisms that can seem illogical – and reactions that can be out of proportion. Reading social cues can also pose problems. Unfortunately, impatience can lead others to not learning your child’s personality traits. And this is precisely where social skills therapy can come in.
Social skills therapy is designed to help your child form meaningful connections with peers. Depending on the particular neurodevelopmental disorder and its severity, therapy can include a variety of methods with the same end goal – making your child comfortable in their own skin. Social skills therapy promotes well-being through building up a sense of self-worth. Humans are social beings; having friends to share moments with is crucial to maintaining mental health. Through social skills therapy, your child will learn their strengths and weaknesses.
Why Social Skills Therapy?
Social skills therapy encompasses a range of approaches that, often in conjunction with other forms of therapy, help build interpersonal bonds. Some children find they are too shy to leave their comfort zone, while others are afraid of being misunderstood. Yet others find it difficult to pay attention to a conversation. Whatever the case, with the help of therapy, the problem can be bettered.
Utilizing residential treatment to help your child can assist them in overcoming their struggle. The first step to therapy is to provide psychiatric stabilization, if necessary – if your child is in the middle of an episode, their safety is the top priority. Then comes the fun part: adventure! Through wilderness therapy and adventure-based therapy, your child learns both self-reliance and teamwork. This, however, occurs through communication – your child begins forming connections without even realizing it. Once the groundwork is laid, your child can continue on to feel safe opening up to their new friends.
Having a supportive network to rely on, as well as a positive group with similar interests, facilitates healing. By engaging in enjoyable activities together, lasting bonds are formed. In conjunction with working on their social skills, your child will be well-prepared for the future. The friendships formed through this type of approach don’t end with the therapy: in fact, they last a lifetime.
If you have a 13 to 18-year-old son of daughter struggling with emotional and behavioral issues as a result of their neurodevelopmental disorder, Seven Stars might be able to help. Call us, at 844-601-1167, today for more information on our adventure therapy program and ways we can assist you.