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Social Skills Training For Children

Our Occupational Therapists excel in fostering social skills, crucial for successful interactions in all walks of life. They employ a variety of interactive techniques, such as role-playing, social stories, and group therapy sessions, to teach clients the nuances of social communication and relationships. These methods help clients understand and practice the art of conversation, develop listening skills, and learn to interpret and express emotions appropriately.

In addition, our therapists provide specialised training in understanding and responding to social cues, including body language and facial expressions. They create individualised programs that cater to the unique social needs of each client, whether it’s improving peer interactions, family relations, or public socialising. This training is particularly beneficial for clients who face challenges with social anxiety or autism spectrum disorders.

Our approach extends beyond the therapy setting, as we equip clients with strategies to navigate real-world social scenarios. We also work closely with families and educators to ensure that these social skills are reinforced and practiced in everyday environments, from home to school and beyond.

Enhancing Social Skills Development:

How Our Occupational Therapists Help Children Thrive

Social skills development is a crucial aspect of a child’s overall growth and well-being. At LEAP Centre, our occupational therapists are dedicated to supporting children in honing these essential skills, enabling them to navigate social interactions confidently and develop meaningful relationships.

Understanding Social Skills Development

Social skills encompass a wide range of abilities that enable individuals to interact effectively with others. These skills include communication, empathy, cooperation, conflict resolution, perspective-taking, and more. For children, mastering these skills is vital for building friendships, resolving conflicts, collaborating with peers, and succeeding in various social environments, such as school, home, and community settings.

Challenges Faced by Children in Social Skills Development

Children may encounter difficulties in developing social skills due to various factors, including developmental delays, learning disabilities, sensory processing issues, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, or shyness. These challenges can manifest in various ways, such as difficulty initiating conversations, interpreting social cues, regulating emotions, taking turns, sharing, and understanding nonverbal communication.

Role of Our Occupational Therapists in Social Skills Development

Our occupational therapists play a pivotal role in supporting children with social skills development by employing evidence-based interventions tailored to each child's unique needs and strengths. Through individualised assessment and goal setting, our therapists identify specific areas of difficulty and design intervention plans to address them effectively.

Individualised Therapy Plans and Goal Setting

We begin by conducting an initial parent consultation helping us gain valuable insight into the child's social functioning. This initial parent planning meeting allows us to work with you to establish personalised goals to target specific social skills deficits. These goals may include improving conversational skills, understanding social cues, expressing emotions appropriately, and fostering friendships.

Structured Social Skills Groups

In addition to individual therapy sessions, we offer structured social skills groups as part of our intervention programs. Led by experienced therapists, these groups provide children with opportunities to practice social interactions in a supportive and structured environment. Group activities may include role-playing, cooperative games, team-building exercises, and guided discussions focused on specific social skills.

Sensory Integration and Emotional Regulation

Many children with social skills difficulties also experience challenges related to sensory processing and emotional regulation. Our therapists integrate sensory integration techniques and strategies to help children regulate their sensory experiences and emotions, which, in turn, can enhance their social participation. By addressing sensory sensitivities and emotional triggers, children can feel more comfortable and confident in social settings.

Parent and Caregiver Support

We recognise the critical role that parents and caregivers play in supporting their child's social skills development. Our therapists provide guidance, resources, and strategies to help parents understand their child's social challenges and implement effective interventions at home. We offer parent education sessions to empower parents to support their child's progress effectively.

Community Integration and Generalisation

Our goal is to help children generalise their social skills to various settings beyond the therapy room. We collaborate with schools, community organisations, and other professionals involved in the child's care to ensure that social skills are practised and reinforced in real-life contexts. By promoting community integration and participation, children can apply their social skills in meaningful ways and build lasting relationships.

Monitoring Progress and Adjusting Interventions

We continuously monitor the child's progress throughout the intervention process, adjusting strategies and goals as needed to ensure optimal outcomes. Regular feedback from parents, teachers, and the child themselves helps us track progress, celebrate successes, and address any emerging concerns promptly. Our collaborative approach ensures that interventions remain effective and responsive to the child's evolving needs.

Empowering Children to Thrive

At LEAP Centre, our occupational therapists are dedicated to helping children develop the social skills they need to thrive. Through individualised sessions, group programs, intensive blocks, and family support, we empower children to build meaningful relationships, navigate social situations confidently, and reach their full potential. If you believe your child could benefit from our social skills programs, we encourage you to contact us today to learn more about our services. Together, we can help your child unlock their social potential and flourish in all areas of life.

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Frequently Asked Question

What services do you offer?

We offer a comprehensive range of therapy services, including occupational therapyspeech therapy, and physiotherapy. Each service is tailored to meet the unique needs of our clients, ranging from developmental therapies for children to rehabilitation and support for adults. We also offer programs such as group sessions, individual sessions, and intensive therapy blocks.

If you or your family member is facing challenges with speech, mobility, daily activities, or other areas of physical and cognitive function, therapy might be beneficial. We recommend scheduling a consultation with our specialists for a professional assessment and personalised recommendations. Please submit your enquiry form to book the consultation. 

Our clinic provides services for all age groups. We have specialised programs for children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly, ensuring age-appropriate and effective therapy for every client.

Therapy sessions are scheduled based on the individual needs and availability of our clients. Each session typically consists of 45 minutes of direct therapy followed by client/family feedback and therapist documentation/planning.

Our therapists are highly qualified and licensed professionals. They hold degrees in their respective fields and have undergone extensive training and certification. Continuous education is a priority for our team, ensuring we stay updated with the latest therapy techniques and research.

Yes, we actively collaborate with schools, physicians, and other healthcare providers to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated approach to our clients’ care. This multidisciplinary collaboration is essential for holistic treatment planning and effective outcomes. Contact us to collaborate with us! 

Our approach is client-centered, evidence-based, and holistic. We focus on understanding each client’s unique needs and goals, and we tailor our therapy plans accordingly. We emphasise a collaborative approach involving the client, their family, and other professionals as needed.

We accept NDIS funding, private health, medicare, and private pay. For all NDIS self-managed or private paying clients, payment is required on the day of your session. Our administrative team can assist you in understanding your benefits and navigating the billing process. Give us a call or submit an enquiry form to find out more! 

Yes we do! In addition to clinic-based sessions, we also offer therapy in the home, daycare settings, or at schools. Sessions outside of the clinic incur a travel fee consistent with the NDIS travel rate guide. Give us a call or submit an enquiry form to find out more! 

We welcome and value your feedback. You can provide feedback directly to your therapist, through our reception, or by emailing We are committed to continuous improvement and take your insights seriously.

Absolutely. We understand the importance of a good therapist-client match and will facilitate a change if needed to ensure the best therapeutic experience and outcome.

Getting started is easy. Simply contact us via phone, email, or our website to schedule an initial consultation. During this session, we will discuss your needs and create a personalised therapy plan.

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