Struggling with social skills

Cluas Programmes

Our Cluas @ Home programmes are available to help Students who struggle with social skills.

Is an Auditory Processing difficulty contributing?

Joseph is 13 and started secondary school last September … He often appears to lose attention and seems unable to concentrate on what someone is saying. read more >

One of the major reasons why people experience a deficit in social skills is that they have poor auditory processing skills. This can also be described as poor listening.

Social skills – as with all other skills – need to be developed.

The amount of information in a social interaction can be overwhelming. One to one can be difficult enough, but when there is a small group of people, understanding the conversation, following the conversation, and actively participating can be next to impossible.

If a person is unable to process the huge amount of information that is inherent in any social interaction, then they will experience a deficit in social skills.

The result of these auditory processing difficulties can manifest in many ways. Some people may blurt out things inappropriately and out of context in the group conversation. This may be due to a slow processing speed, whereby it takes them longer to process auditory information. This is often due a lack of auditory laterality or ear dominance (ideally a person should be right ear dominant).

In an attempt to compensate for the deficits in social skills many people shy away from social interactions, don’t contribute to conversations and are a simply a silent member of a group, insecure in their opinions and in their ability to express those opinions.

If these social difficulties are severe, some people will attempt to exert extreme control on the conversation. Examples of this are repetitively discussing the same topic (whether or not their chosen topic is relevant) or asking questions to which they already know the answer.

When this occurs and produces “funny looks” or negative comments from their peers, some young people will choose not to participate in a group conversation as they are not confident that they will be able to do it properly.

We provide Cluas programmes which greatly improve a person’s auditory processing and listening abilities. The result of this is that they are much better able to process social and communicative information and to do this quickly enough to keep up with a conversation.

With this greater understanding of non verbal communication and subtle communicative cues, a greater quality of communication develops. Thus the teenager is in a much better position to follow and actively contribute in social situations.

Parents of our clients often describe that social skills are the first area of noticeable development during a Cluas programme. The teenager is getting on better with their siblings, more inclined to spend time with the family and spending less time alone in their room. Parents describe how for the first time other young people are calling for them, they start getting invited to parties and the quality of their social interactions is greatly improved.

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