P.A.L.S. for Playing
A Therapeutic Social Skills Group

Social Thinking

Thinking socially comes naturally to most of us, but children and teens with social deficits need help relating with others. P.A.L.S. participants will begin to learn how to: be part of a group; monitor and adapt their behavior in social settings; understand and think of others; and use efffective and appropriate conversation skills.

Overview

We teach social skills in a small group setting led by a Speech and Language Pathologist with special training in social communication disorders, with the assistance of a Speech Aide. This group setting provides opportunities to learn with and from other people, to understand one's own feelings and behaviors as well the feelings and behaviors of others. It also offers a place where children and adolescents can slow down and explore what is not going well for them as well as what is. They can practice new behaviors that will enhance their social skills in a safe and positive environment. Skills are taught by direct instruction, role-playing, video modeling, skill practice with peers, generalization activities, homework, naturally occurring events, video self-review, reward systems and games.

Who is a Candidate?

  • Ages 7-17
  • Common diagnosis includes Asperger's Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Processing Impairments, ADD, ADHD and or Nonverbal Learning Disorder.
  • A person with social language skills weakness who has a desire to have friends and wants to learn how to be a better friend.
  • Speech and Language skills in a normal range for chronological age

Students will learn social skills such as:

  • Making and maintaining friendships
  • Understanding others' perspectives
  • Conversational skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Interpreting facial expressions and body language
  • Conflict resolution and problem solving
  • Negotiate, compromise and be assertive
  • Dealing with bullies and teasing
  • Understanding hidden social rules
  • Managing stress and anger
  • Phone skills
  • Using tact
  • Understanding empathy

Specialized Services

  • Parents are able to view videotaped sessions weekly and are given specific homework according to each person's needs.
  • Ongoing communication which includes feedback and progress reports.
  • Evaluations, Pre-Tests, Post-Tests and goals are given to monitor and measure progress.
  • Question and answer sessions free of cost to parents of PALS members which include: Psychiatrists, Developmental Pediatricians, Psychologists, etc.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, physicians or patients can call Speech Language Pathology (727) 767-4141 or submit an online appointment request. We accept most traditional insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and most managed care plans.