Your Child Deserves Acceptance
Our kids are growing and learning social every day. They are often navigating their world through their own lens which stifles their ability to "read" and understand social situations accurately. This is a common phenomenon with neurodiverse challenges. Learning a perspective to help them accurately "read" people and their surroundings will empower them to better control their experience and become more competent in social situations.
FOCUS SKILLS FOR THE NEURODIVERGENT LEARNER
Social communication is necessary in almost every aspect of our lives. When we do this well we present as having good social skills or we are described as outgoing. Developing these skills will lead to stronger connections with others at home, school and work.
Becoming aware of ourselves through the eyes of others is challenging because it is much easier to "see" ourselves from our own point of view. Learning to "read" how others are perceiving our actions will help lead to the skills necessary to adjust our behavior and reactions.
Managing our emotions has a huge impact on how others react to us. In order to help people feel comfortable when they are with us it is necessary to gauge the amount of emotion that we should exhibit at any particular time. This skill requires us to recognize our own feelings and take the perspective of those around us at the same time.
Executive functioning is a process in which our brain organizes information. When it relates to social skills, our brain needs to have all of the important information organized quickly in order to respond to people and emotions in an expected way.
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Many adolescents and young adults with ADHD and ASD acknowledge their difficulty in establishing friendships or fitting in with their peers. However, some may deny their shortcomings or withdraw from social situations. The key to cultivating positive interactions with peers is to develop essential social competency skills, such as self-awareness, self-regulation, and effective communication skills. Our approach entails evaluating students' social skills and imparting them with Social ThinkingⓇ tools and strategies that harness their current strengths, enabling them to become better social communicators.
Based on my experience, I consider the individuals I work with as part of the "in the middle" population. They appear to blend in well with the general population, but they often struggle with utilizing their social skills appropriately in various situations. They don't necessarily fall under the category of those who are still learning social skills as they already know the rules and can identify the necessary skills. However, their unique characteristics and tendencies make it challenging for them to navigate through social interactions effectively. This can lead to some behavior that may not be well-received or accepted by others.
Welcome to 2 Be Social, a dedicated space committed to embracing the remarkable diversity of neurodivergent individuals while providing invaluable support for families. My aim is to assist in honing self-awareness, mastering social skills, and teaching people how to thrive in a world that celebrates individuality.
My mission is to equip neurodivergent individuals with the necessary tools and confidence to navigate life confidently and independently. Simultaneously, I provide parents with essential support to foster stronger relationships with their children while ensuring their own well-being.