For children with Aspergers Disorder, social skill deficits define the condition. They often exhibit a lack of social and emotional reciprocity, have difficulty developing appropriate peer relationships, and display impairments in the use of nonverbal communication (e.g., eye-to-eye contact, facial expressions, body posture, and gestures). In addition, these children may experience a pattern of restricted and repetitive interests and behavior. Children with Aspergers and other Autism Spectrum disorders can, unfortunately, get caught in a cycle of social rejection and isolation that is self-perpetuating. They come to view social interactions as difficult and unrewarding, which then increases the likelihood of further withdrawal and isolation. We come alongside your child or teen and help him/her develop these and other new skills and strategies to assist in relating appropriately and effectively with others.
Good communication skills involve both verbal and nonverbal behaviors. Making and maintaining eye contact, regulating the volume of one’s voice, sustaining a conversation, using appropriate gestures, and maintaining appropriate physical distance from others are just some of the behaviors inherent in good communication. At Therapy West, we come alongside your child or teen and help him/her develop these and other new skills and strategies to assist in relating appropriately and effectively with others.