Developing Social Skills

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What to expect

Developing social skills

Speech and language therapy improves, develops and supports speech, language and communication. For individuals with social communication problems, our speech and language therapist will develop their social skills to help them communicate more effectively in social situations and when interacting with others.

What is social communication?

Social communication is socially acceptable behaviour that produces a desired effect on others. Social skills are skills which facilitate interaction and communication. An individual who has a social communication problem will have difficulty using appropriate social skills when interacting with others.

How can a social communication problem impact on an individual's life?

Having a social communication problem can have a dramatic impact on an individual's life. The type of impact a social communication problem can have on an individual's life will be dependent on the severity of their problem, their overall ability and the underlying disorder or condition. Having a social communication problem will affect an individual's ability to communicate and interact effectively in a variety of settings, including the home, educational and work environments. A social communication problem can often lead to:

  • Social isolation.
  • Difficulty in making and maintaining friendships.
  • Emotional difficulties including low self-esteem and lack of confidence.
  • Difficulty interacting and communicating in the work and educational environments.
  • Difficulty in carrying out everyday tasks which involve communication.

How can speech and language therapy develop social skills?

Speech and language therapy will help to develop social skills in a variety of ways; this will differ for each individual and be dependent on many factors. The speech and language therapist will develop social skills through:

  • Training
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Social skills groups
  • Compensatory strategies

What are the benefits of developing social skills?

There are many benefits of developing social skills. The main benefit is to help the individual communicate and interact more effectively and independently in social situations. Other benefits of developing social skills include:

  • Helping the individual to communicate more effectively with others.
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence.
  • The ability to carry out everyday tasks more effectively.
  • Increased independence.
  • Helping them to access their educational and work environments to their full potential.
  • Increased ability to communicate with other professionals involved in their care.
  • Increased ability to communicate with family and friends.
  • Improved quality of life.

How do I book an appointment to see a speech and language therapist?

If you would like any more information on any of our services, or would like to book an appointment with one of our speech and language therapists then please contact us on 0330 0885 643.

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To speak to a Speech and Language Therapist or to book an appointment, call us on 0161 883 0111 or email


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All our speech and language therapists are registered with the RCSLT and the HCPC

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