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Social skills interventions

Social skills interventions support individuals in making and maintaining relationships, for example with peers or family members. Social skills interventions can be of particular benefit to children or young people with an autistic spectrum condition (ASC) or social communication difficulties. We provide tailored social skills interventions here at HSR Psychology.

Who is suitable for a social skills intervention?

Any young person up to the age of 25 may be suitable for a social skills intervention at HSR Psychology.

Social skills intervention could be a suitable intervention for young people who: 

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of a social skills intervention for yourself or those in your life, please contact us to speak to a member of the HSR Psychology team.

What are the benefits of a social skills intervention?

Social skills interventions bring several different benefits into the child or young person's life, including:

Followinga social skills intervention some recommendations will be suggested for supporting the progress of the child or young person’s skills outside of the intervention setting. 

What happens prior to a social skills intervention?

We can offer social skills interventions after the initial discussion. Our process can be read below.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

What happens during a social skills intervention?

During a social skills intervention, young person or the child will often work with the HSR Psychology professional to identify specific social skill difficulties. The HSR Psychology professional may use techniques such as roleplay and prompts to improve the individual’s social skills. The HSR Psychology specialist will often help to promote healthy relationships through improved social skills. The individual may be taught techniques for improving empathy, sharing and confidence in socialising with peers. The individual will be encouraged to practice their socialising techniques in daily life and will gain feedback from the HSR Psychology specialist. Information about improving social skills will be provided to relevant carers in the individual’s life e.g. parents, teachers. 

What happens after a social skills intervention?

After a social skills intervention the young person should have learned strategies to maintain their improved social skills. Following a social skills intervention it may be suggested by us that we plan a number of follow up sessions, depending on the circumstances of the young person. Outcomes from a social skills intervention can be shared during a post-intervention feedback session or, if requested, a written report. The HSR Psychology team will support you throughout the whole process of a social skills intervention and will offer follow up support when intervention finishes.

Does a social skills intervention come with a report?

Usually we would always recommend a report following the intervention, however, if a written report is not needed then verbal feedback can be provided along with a brief summary.

A report includes what took place during the intervention process, the impact of this intervention and recommendations for proceeding in future. Our reports are thorough and highlight effective strategies for maintaining improved social skills. Get more information about our reports.

Arrange an initial discussion

Arrange an initial discussion to find out how we can benefit your education setting. The initial discussion lasts 2 hours and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £300.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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Next steps...

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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