We are facing a big question in our house – whether or not we should look at enrolling our 9 year-old fourth-grade Aspie into a social skills group. He was in one around the age of six and he seemed to enjoy it. However, if you ask him about it, he’ll tell you it didn’t work. He’s told me on numerous occasions that he remembers a group he went to that was supposed to teach him how to play with others…”but it didn’t work.”
I think that my son’s awareness of the purpose of the group and that it was a failure is a good start, right? I thought it worked but he seems to think it didn’t. Anyhow, as he is getting older his aloofness in social situations is becoming more apparent. He doesn’t mind it but is open to attending a social skills group if we think it is best for him. Smart kid – “you’re the mom, if you think it is good for me then I’ll do it.” Hey kid, I think EATING is good for you, can you eat more so you can weigh more than 50 pounds? Okay, so I digress but his weight is also a big issue right now, as well. He laughed when I told him about the eating thing, though, so at least he’s got a good sense of humor!
So wise parents, what do you say – should we try a social skills group again?