Social Skills Training

Beyond the Bell

Our Beyond the Bell after-school social skills program offers parents a much-needed resource to support their children’s social and emotional development. The program provides a structured and supportive environment where children can learn and practice skills tailored to their unique needs and goals. 

Our program offers:

  • After-school social skills training program
  • Individualized care within a group setting
  • Research-backed techniques for meaningful peer connections
  • Parent training sessions to enhance effectiveness outside the center

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Who would benefit from Social Skills Therapy?

Our social skills therapy group is designed for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder who face challenges in social interactions, communication, and understanding social cues. Children with autism can struggle with initiating and maintaining conversations, interpreting nonverbal communication, and engaging in reciprocal play. We focus on building empathy, perspective-taking, and fostering meaningful relationships with peers.

  • Ideal for children aged 5 and up, particularly those transitioning from early intensive to focused ABA services.
  • Suitable for children capable of group learning, aiming to ease their transition to structured environments.
  • Beneficial for children needing social skills support by focusing on peer interaction, group engagement, and friendship building.
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What Happens in Our Social Skills Program?

The primary focus of Beyond the Bell is to strengthen social skills and practice them in a safe, nurturing environment. In addition to interpersonal communication, social initiation, awareness, and emotional regulation, we break down the training into manageable, short-term goals such as complimenting peers, understanding likes and dislikes, participating in games, or identifying the cause of an emotion.

Our program focuses on the skills our clients need to establish lasting friendships. It has been exciting to watch our clients progress in such a short period of time! This is such a fun and engaging program, and I am looking forward to all the skills and friendships that will result from it!

Molly Adams, Director of Clinical Operations

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Does My Child Need Social Skills Training?

For children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), social interactions can be complex. By understanding signs and offering targeted support, we can help them build confidence and meaningful connections. Here are some signs indicating the need for social skills training among school-aged children with autism:

Ages 5-7 years:

  • Difficulty initiating or maintaining conversations with peers.
  • Limited interest in playing or engaging in social activities with others.
  • Challenges understanding social cues such as facial expressions, tone of voice, and body language.
  • Difficulty taking turns or sharing during playtime.
  • Little or no interest in imaginative or pretend play.
  • Struggles with making and keeping friendships.
  • Tendency to prefer solitary activities over group interactions.

Ages 8-10 years:

  • Continued difficulty with reciprocal conversation, often dominating conversations or not knowing when to interject.
  • Difficulty understanding social norms and expectations, leading to social faux pas.
  • Limited awareness of personal space boundaries, either standing too close or too far from others.
  • Difficulty interpreting humor, sarcasm, or figurative language.
  • Challenges in understanding others’ perspectives or empathizing with their emotions.
  • Difficulty coping with changes in routine or unexpected social situations.
  • Continued struggles in developing and maintaining friendships, leading to feelings of loneliness or isolation.

If you notice any of the above symptoms in your child, they might benefit from social skills training. Submit a short form to speak with an intake advocate about enrollment.

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How Can You Support Your Child?

autism advocacy, autism advocate, how to become an autism advocateAt Behavioral Innovations, we believe in the power of collaboration between parents and our team to nurture children’s growth. Through personalized individual and group meetings, we actively engage you in your child’s journey. These sessions offer an in-depth review of your child’s progress within our program, ensuring you are fully informed and involved every step of the way. Here are some key ways in which Behavioral Innovations parent training can help:

  • Understanding ASD and its challenges.
  • Learning evidence-based strategies.
  • Promoting positive reinforcement
  • Addressing challenging behaviors
  • Creating a supportive home environment
  • Promoting generalization of skills
  • Empowering parents as advocates for their child’s social needs

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I got to read to ChGa class today. The last book was about caterpillars. At the end, ChGa stands up and says….” Ok, I have a very important question… hey guys, what’s your favorite insect.” Then she pointed to the kids, who raised their hands. Talk about tears!!! 😭”

Parent, Beyond the Bell, Spring, TX

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