Talk about social skills for an autistic child
Talk social skills for autistic child
My son’s social skills service changed all within a two month period. And, not for the better.
What are social skills?
Social skills are more or less something that is universally lacking in children with autism. They need to be learned; social cues, communication, listening, responding to other appropriately.
They are something that every autistic child struggles to learn.
Over a two month period, there was a change at my son’s social skills facility that did not make me happy but more importantly did not help my son.
The person at the facility where my son receives social skills had spent three weeks talking between my son’s regional center case worker (for individuals who live in California), three social skills facilitators, and the director of the facility.
It had been decided to discontinue my son’s second social skills group (which was a partner situation).
Social Skills Groups have value
My son’s “main” social skills group has six members total. In his second social skills group, he had had social skills with a partner for over three years.
He was initially put into a second group because of the recommendation from the social skills facility that he was having trouble regulating himself with the other five members. The facility felt he needed more social skills support.
Now, it was taken away based on a cost-cutting initiative and not because my son had improved dramatically.
The social skills coordinator stated, “Maybe in the future we would get it back when another group spot opens up.”
I knew that was never going to happen.
Getting a program back
I told her, “Regional centers these days will not give us back his second social skills groups in 6 to 9 months. It’s about funding. It won’t happen.”
She agreed with me.
He is still in his one group with five other members.
He is doing better.
Still, when something is taken away early, due to funding, it does anger us parents. These are needs for our kids and should not be subject to cost-cutting maneuvers.
Fighting the fight
I was also angry at the facility for not fighting for it. They had in the past, and moved on.
Keep a tab on your child’s services. Keep things up-to-date and always communicate with the facilities
And, don’t forget to fight when you feel you have to.
Talking about social skills for an autistic child is your job, as well as talking about all of your child’s services.
Read more about social skills here: http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/community-connections/social-skills-and-autism
So, he’s down to one social skills group per week. Hopefully, they don’t mess with that one!