Social Skills Training

Social Skills TrainingAs an Annandale speech therapist, I often work with children who have difficulty using appropriate social skills.  We use social communication skills on a daily basis when interacting with others.  For many, the use of social language is an intuitive process, not requiring considerable thought.  For others, including those diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and other forms of autism, social communication poses a considerable challenge and requires social skills training.

Social cognition is the process of acquiring, understanding, and using social knowledge when interacting with others using both verbal (i.e., speaking) and non-verbal (e.g., facial expressions, eye contact, etc.) communication.  A key to social cognition is the ability to understand the perspectives of others.

Social Skills Training in Northern Virginia

A Step Above Speech-Language Pathology provides effective, evidence-based social skills training to assist in developing the following social skills:

  • Turn-taking
  • Eye contact
  • Topic initiation/maintenance
  • Knowledge of appropriate facial expressions
  • Understanding the role of expressive language (e.g., small talk, responding to teasing and bullying)
  • Listening skills
  • Social etiquette

High interest activities, including role-plays, are used during social skills training sessions in order to teach critical social communication skills.

To learn more about social skills training, please visit the following:

Social Skills Training

Individual and group sessions are available.  Please call A Step Above Speech-Language Pathology today to inquire about social skills training groups that meet the unique needs of your child.

Social Skills Training in Northern Virginia

If you are interested in learning more about social skills training provided by A Step Above Speech Language Pathology, please contact us for more information.  We cater to clients in Northern Virginia, specifically in Herndon, Reston, Arlington, Vienna, Mclean, Annandale, Fairfax, Merrifield and Washington, D.C.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  (1997-2013).  Social Communication Disorders in School-Age Children.  Retrieved from




Social Skills TrainingGeoffrey Greenman, M.A., CCC-SLP is a Northern Virginia speech therapist.  He is the owner of “A Step Above Speech-Language Pathology.” We are an Annandale speech private practice that provides social skills training.

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