Strengthening social skills

The basic core of social skills identified by the WHO (World Health Organization) is made up of 10 competencies:

  • Self Awareness
  • Managing emotions
  • Stress management
  • Effective communication
  • Effective reporting
  • Empathy
  • Creative thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Making decisions
  • Solve problems

These competences can be grouped into three groups:

  • EMOTIVE: self-awareness, emotions management, stress management
  • RELATIONAL: empathy, effective communication, effective relations
  • COGNITIVE: solving problems, making decisions, critical thinking, creative thinking.


To whom is the work of strengthening social skills addressed?

To children and young people who highlight moments of crisis or discomfort such as: cinhibited behaviour, psychomotor hyperactivity or opposition, provocative or reactive manifestations. In these situations, the most recurrent motivations can be traced back to school difficulties, specific learning disorders, attentive and behavioural difficulties, emotional discomfort or, in other cases, we still find ourselves in more complex situations such as provocative opposition disorder or autistic spectrum.


How does this empowerment take place in Imparole?

We have decided to create group paths made up of about 4/5 children, boys and teenagers led by different figures: neuro and psychomotor therapists together with psychologists or pedagogists, the setting is the psychomotor one characterized by a climate of welcome, trust and lack of judgment. The possibility of experiencing with and in the group, accompanied by the mediation of the conductors, creates the right emotional and cognitive participation that helps to explain the emerging potential.

The various methodologies used, including Feuerstein and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), accompany the integration of activities for the body, sensoriality, movement, playful, pictorial, manipulative and narrative production, all accompanied by demand and process.


How many times a week?

Social skills groups take place on a weekly basis.


How can the parent help children every day?

Parental figures take part in individual and group interviews to work on the generalisation of the processes that the group has put in place at work. You share objectives, tools and activities to be included in everyday life. The aim is also to broaden the focus on parental and educational competence and the real need of the child in the family context.


How do therapists work with the teacher?

Talks are planned with teachers to understand how children experience their difficulties in dealing with emotions at school and how they can influence relationships with peers and teachers.

They are proposed strategies to help children manage their emotions effectively even in the school setting.


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