Social Skills Training

Social skills are critical in community participation, building and maintaining friendships, supporting a high quality of life, and reducing the risk of feeling lonely and developing depression in adolescents and adulthood (Lewinsohn, 1975). According to Segrin (2000), poor social skills lead to low rates of positive reinforcement from the social environment, leading to feelings of loneliness and depression. Social skills are set of behaviors that allow the individual to interact with other people in a socially appropriate and effective way in meeting the individual’s needs.

At Luna, we teach and strengthen the following social skills using home and community-based services:
  • Reciprocal play
  • Participating in organized sports
  • Joint Attention
  • Perspective-taking
  • Social conversations
  • And many more