Social Skills

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Social settings can be challenging for our children, and especially so for children on the Autism Spectrum. Research has shown that exposure to social situations and practicing social skills in a safe and familiar environment can alleviate the anxiety which so often gets in the way of a child’s success.  

Heeling House is excited to offer a completely unique type of Social Skills Group - one that incorporates therapy animals.

Instruction for the children (and the animals) is based in the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA).  Classes are divided by age and group sizes are kept between 4 and 8 children.

Through interactive play with the therapy animals, the children will be working on the following goals:

  • Sharing

  • Taking turns

  • Waiting patiently

  • Asking for help

  • Maintaining personal space

  • Problem Solving skills

By learning how to interact and communicate with the therapy animals, the children will be working on the following goals:

  • Learning how to start a conversation

  • Greeting others

  • Reading non verbal cues

  • Maintaining eye contact

  • Listening skills

  • Showing Empathy

  • Self Regulation Skills