Working on people skills (aka social skills or social communication) is one of the most commonly requested goals at speech IRL. We work with many adults who identify as neurodiverse (diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder, “HFA” or Asperger’s, social communication disorder, PDD-NOS, and others), but the vast majority of our clients do not have any formal neuropsychological diagnosis.
People skills addresses:
Working on social communication can be as targeted and technical as structured small talk practice or learning some basic science about human interaction. On the other end of the spectrum, it can be as broad as exploring how sensory needs impact face-to-face conversations and learning how to self-advocate when you are an atypical communicator.
Social communication work varies widely from person to person, but typically includes significant amounts of instruction on “social communication science” and LOTS of role-playing. Ever wished you could go back in time, replay a conversation, pause, and correct? Well, now you can, with real-time feedback. Job interviews, first dates, dinner parties, boardroom meetings, networking events, chatting with Uber drivers who insist on making conversation...
Anxiety and confidence (or struggle with the latter) are major components of working through social communication questions. Our approach is focused on developing your knowledge and skills, giving you tools to step out into the world, while also creating a safe space for “soft landings” while things are still a work-in-progress. There is no such thing as perfect social communication, ever. The goal is to understand yourself and others enough to problem-solve your way through the myriad interpersonal interactions of life.
Whether you're a professional, a parent, a partner, or a business leader looking to address organizational-level interaction issues, we use soulful science to move your forward.