New York ADHD, ADD, Aspergers and Social Skills Seminars    

Spectrum Social Skills Solutions is offering seminars that will help children and young adults develop the social skills that they need in order to excel in everyday life.

What are social skills?  Social skills are our tools for understanding and interacting with the world around us, which then leads to a better understanding of ourselves and our surroundings.  Social skills allow us to express ourselves appropriately and connect well with others. Without these necessary tools, parents/teachers may notice that a child is exhibiting any one of the following: behavioral difficulties in school, delinquency, bullying, difficulty in making friends, low self-esteem, aggressiveness, problems in interpersonal relationships, isolation from peers, anxiety, and depression.

The good news is that social skills can be learned ! By focusing on your child's strengths, our trained and dedicated staff, will help your child in the following areas: improvement in your child's self-esteem, improvement in their relationships with peers/family members, academic success, interest in new hobbies, a better understanding of themselves and their environment, better coping strategies in the face of future stressful events, and a positive and safe school environment.

What is ADHD?

Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a Developmental Disorder characterized by either significant difficulties of inattention or hyperactivity and impulsiveness or a combination of the two. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR), symptoms emerge before seven years of age.  ADHD impacts school-aged children and results in restlessness, acting impulsively, and lack of focus which impairs their ability to learn properly.

How Do ADHD Related Difficulties Affect Social Behaviors?
Children with ADHD often interact in ways that can provoke negative reactions from their peers. Some children with ADHD may dominate play or engage in ways that are too aggressive, demanding, and intrusive. They may have trouble joining in with peers in the things their peers like to do. Instead, they may want to make their own set of rules, or engage in bossy, "unfair" or non-compliant ways, and generally may have a hard time knowing how to cooperate with other kids the same age.

Many kids with ADHD have a hard time picking up on and reading social cues. Others  get distracted and "check out" on friends instead of focusing on playing the game. Problems with attention and self-control can interfere with opportunities to acquire social skills through observational learning. Many kids with ADHD also have a hard time managing difficult feelings and can very quickly become overwhelmed, frustrated and emotionally reactive in social settings.

Impulsive reactions, hyperactive, or distracted behaviors may be viewed as not only frustrating and irritating, but also as insensitive to the needs of others, and so the child is further avoided and rejected, and deemed less and less likeable within the group.

Social skills training helps the child or adult who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) be less aggressive and impulsive, manage anger, and behave in a more socially acceptable way. Techniques include:

  • Coaching.
  • Role-playing.
  • Watching videotapes of good behavior.
  • Practicing ways to settle conflicts.

Social skills training uses specific steps and goals, such as learning how to:

  • Listen and engage in conversation.
  • Enter new group situations.
  • Give and receive praise and criticism.
  • Cope with frustration
  • Develop empathy
  • Manage anger outbursts
What Are Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) ?   All these disorders are characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills, social interactions, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Autism Spectrum Disorders, range from a severe form, called Autistic Disorder, to a milder form known as Aspergers Disorder. Autism Spectrum Disorders symptoms related to Social Skills can include:

• Not making eye contact and wanting to be alone
• Trouble understanding other people's feelings or talking about their own feelings
• Not wanting to be held or cuddled, or only cuddling when they want to
• Not noticing when other people try to talk to them
• Being very interested in people, but not knowing how to talk, play, or relate to them.
• Not interacting with others the way most people do, or not being interested in other people at all.

What is Aspergers Disorder?  Aspergers Disorder is the term for a specific type of Autistic Spectrum Disorders which is characterized by problems in development of social skills and behavior. Unlike children with autism, children with Aspergers retain their early language skills. Most children with Aspergers Disorder have difficulty interacting with their peers. They tend to be loners and may display eccentric behaviors. Aspergers Disorder (AS) is a disorder that is often characterized by a child's obsessive interest in a single object or topic to the exclusion of any other. A child with Aspergers, for example, may spend hours each day preoccupied with counting cars passing on the street or watching only the weather channel on television. Coordination difficulties are also common with this disorder. These children often have special educational needs.

How can Spectrum Social Skills help?  Spectrum Social Skills Solutions provides seminars for people with Social Skills Deficits such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) , Pervasive Developmental Disorder( PDD) and other Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) like Aspergers in New York City. These seminars are designed to help people with and without Autism Spectrum Disorders improve their social skills and general quality of life.


  • Doesn’t recognize non-verbal cues
  • Gets into the personal space of others
  • Annoys to get attention because doesn’t know how else to get it
  • Low self confidence
  • Poor eye contact
  • Only interested in themselves and not others
  • Lacks assertion
  • Impulsive or blurts out responses
  • Has a need for justice/fairness and judges peers
  • Isolates or withdraws from peers
  • Always wants to be first
  • Other kids do not call for play dates or to hang out


Who can benefit from Social Skills Training

Children & young adults who have
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Aspergers Disorder
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder)
  • ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
  • Lack of assertion
  • Bullied or has trouble responding to teasing
  • Low self-esteem/self confidence
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Difficulty engaging in conversation with peers
  • Lack of friends their own age

Our Social Skills Seminars are held on Staten Island , New York close to Verrazano Bridge, exit # 12. We accept children as young as age 6; we also host seminars for young adults .  We have the most dynamic facility for individuals with Social Skills Deficits like Aspergers and Attention Deficit Disorder in New York.  If you would like to participate in one of our New York Aspergers, ADHD, PDD, or Attention Deficit Disorder workshops, please contact us and we will schedule an appointment for you.

Spectrum Skills Solutions, Inc.  Locations    

38 Winthrop Place
Staten Island, New York 10314
Phone: (347) 944-5900
2467 Ocean Ave 
Brooklyn, NY 11229
Phone:  (347) 944-5900

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