This handbook covers in its entirety the benefits of social skills coaching, which is a one-on-one skills-based training that addresses an individual’s specific difficulties in navigating his/her social environment. Social skills coaching helps develop an individual’s ability to more effectively communicate with others. Some of the social skills addressed in this book are:
• Learning different perspective-taking strategies to help relate to others;
• Handling rejection and rumors;
• Becoming aware of and understanding non-verbal communication (i.e., being aware of our body and others body languages, facial expressions, gestures, etc.);
• Practicing active listening and engaging with others;
About the Authors:
Roya Ostovar, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry. She is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and the Director and also the Fellowship and Training Program Director at the Center for Neurodevelopmental Services (CNS), a program serving those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, at McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ostovar has been part of the faculty teaching the Developmental Disabilities (child and adult) courses and rotations in the MGH/McLean psychiatry residency program. She is a Founding Member at the Institute of Coaching, at McLean Hospital. Dr. Ostovar is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, Social Pragmatics Disorder, Social Skills Coaching, and Sensory Processing Disorder. She is the acclaimed author of multiple publications including the highly regarded book, The Ultimate Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder, which received Creative Child Magazine’s 2010 Preferred Choice Award in Parenting “Aids-Special Needs-Sensory Processing” category and the Autism Inventory of Development (AID™) a critical tool used as part of a comprehensive assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Social Pragmatic (Communication) Disorder, both published by Future Horizons. With her unique lens and expertise in child development and psychiatric disorders, she wrote the chapter “An Overview of Adolescent Development” for Helping Your Troubled Teen book. Dr. Ostovar provides individual and group social skills coaching and coaching in the community through her private practice, Ostovar Psychology, Coaching, and Consultation, located in Belmont, Massachusetts. More information is available at www.royaostovar.com and www.ostovarcoaching.com.
Dr. Krista DiVittore is an Instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is a staff clinical psychologist at the Center of Neurodevelopmental Services, a program serving those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, at McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. In this role she works directly with children, adolescents, and young adults who have neurodevelopmental disorders, sensory processing issues, and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Dr. DiVittore teaches social/pragmatic skills and skills to tolerate and manage difficult emotions. Dr. DiVittore’s previous work has also included working with children and adults who experienced a variety of psychiatric issues, such as anxiety, mood disorders, and psychosis, all of which impact social interactions and daily functioning. She uses various skills-based modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help individuals master skills that allow them to be more effective and fulfilled in their personal and interpersonal lives.