Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) do not acquire basic social skills through general experience and observation, such as sharing enjoyment and maintaining eye contact. This social inadequacy often results in anxiety, depression, social avoidance, academic difficulties and problematic peer interactions.
Research has demonstrated that teaching social skills is one of the most effective treatments for children with ASD and helps them to succeed in their personal and academic lives.
Social Skill Builder has developed a curriculum of researched based, evidence-driven software programs that teach key social thinking, language, and behavior critical to everyday living for children with ASD.
Social Skill Builder’s software series uses interactive video sequences to imitate real life social scenarios where children commonly interact with peers, and includes the CD-ROMs:
The software teaches children the “rules” of social communication, which include everything from appropriate social touch, body space and speech volume to appropriate classroom behavior and lunchtime interaction.
Programs are designed to facilitate learning while providing opportunities to pause and discuss information, to replay scenarios for greater recall and understanding and to engage in exercises that help the child carry learned skills into everyday life.
Social Skill Builder products cater to a wide range of functioning and abilities. At Level 1, children learn key social vocabulary. At Level 2, they answer multiple-choice questions, and at Level 3, they identify social cues. Level 4 allows children to create a novel social response based on the situation.
Social Skill Builder’s products are designed for speech and occupational therapists, educators, counselors and psychologists, and parents who interact with children and adolescents ages 3-18 affected by ASD and other learning/language deficits. The software does not require outside instruction or maintenance.
A 2004 pilot study of Social Skill Builder’s effectiveness conducted in the Virginia Public Schools indicated that the software dramatically increased ASD childrens socialization, daily living skills, adaptive behavior and communication.