The Fresh Social Skills Program is aimed at enhancing the social skills of individuals with or without learning disabilities. Here are the issues that are addressed:
Discovering Your Personal Strengths
It is a well known fact that everyone has particular strengths. The aim of this group is to identify and engage those strengths.
Non-verbal and Verbal Communication Signals
Learn how to interpret what people are saying and to give the right signals so that others understand you.
Understanding Your Culture
Every social grouping has a particular way of doing things that is different than any other . The Fresh Social Skills Program helps bring understanding to how it works.
The Fresh Social Skills Program provides training in public presentations.
Find out how to use humour to make friends.
Everyone has misunderstandings. Learn techniques that will help to handle them.
Finding the ability to communicate when you don't want to, takes confidence. Find some strategies that work.
Learn strategies for handling teasing, bullying and abuse. Become aware of safety risks and know what to do in emergency situations.
The Group is based on the value of giving. The focus is not corrective or inward. It is aimed at finding what members can do to enrich the lives of others.
Skills required for surviving a job interview will be provided.
Building Trusting Relationships
Guidance in developing friendships as well as insights on dating relationships will be part of the program.
What are Social Skills
Seeing in a social situation, involves picking up on social cues. It means noticing the context: Is the setting casual or formal? Are these other people close friends, acquaintances, or strangers? Different situations call for different kinds of behavior. Social seeing also means noticing other people's behavior.
Thinking in social settings involves interpreting others' behavior to understand why they're doing what they're doing. Are they being aggressive? Was the action deliberate or accidental? It also means being able to predict others' likely responses and to come up with effective strategies for influencing peers in desired ways.
Doing in a social context means interacting with people in positive ways. Some people know what they ought to do, but have trouble actually doing it. For instance, they may want to join a conversation, but they feel anxious and freeze up, so they say nothing. Other people tend to act impulsively, blurting out inappropriate comments.