social skills for life
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Social interactions can be both confusing and overwhelming at times for people with autism. This may result in social isolation and affect education or employment opportunities.
Working with US you can develop and practise social strategies within a safe and supportive environment. This builds confidence in your social interactions.
Using video modelling and social autopsies we learn how to apply these skills in context.
US provides a unique service that empowers people with autism by providing them with strategies and skills to improve their confidence in social interactions.
We meet individually to explore and understand social situations as well as the unanswered/unspoken questions that the neurotypical world often throws up. When difficulties are identified, we work together to develop problem solving strategies.
We sometimes work in small groups where and when appropriate. One of the resources we use is Socialeyes, a learning resource developed for and with adults with autism by the National Autistic Society (United Kingdom). This program uses video modelling to aid personal development through discussion of film footage and work sheets
Dependent on participants’ preferences, role play and filming can also be included. Developing this further in order to generalise skills, participants are encouraged to practice these skills in other settings while gaining feedback and growing their self confidence.
About the Socialeyes Program
The Socialeyes program demonstrates and analyses the unwritten and often unspoken rules of social interactions.
There are 8 modules in the original program:
• Eye Contact • Starting a Conversation • Keeping on topic during a Conversation • Personal Space • Sensitive Topics
• Taking turns in a Conversation • Talking about your Interests • Ending a Conversation. A further model has been developed by US which addresses Sensory Sensitivity.
Each module follows a similar sequence:
• Watching a film sequence of the social interaction • Discussion • Watching a second sequence and identifying the changes
• Discussing personal experience around this interaction • Using work sheets and/or photo cards to formulate a personal plan and develop the skill • Trying the skill • Giving and receiving feedback.
My name is Elaine Hatfield-White.
I completed my BSc (HONS) Autism Studies as a mature student while working as a Disability Adviser at university. As a person with Asperger’s Syndrome, I understand how educational and working environments can be challenging for those on the autism spectrum.
I have been providing practical advice, guidance and support to university students with autism for the last
Within this time I trained with the National Autistic Society in London as a Facilitator for Socialeyes - their Social Skills development program.
Prior to this I taught communication and life skills for
7 years in Further Education.
BSc (HONS) Autism Studies
Socialeyes (Social Skills) Facilitator
Edexcel Professional Development Award in Art and Design,
Certificate in Teaching Studies (Post-compulsory)
Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention Trainer Award
You may identify as a person with Asperger’s Syndrome, or autism or a related condition or as an autistic individual (or a similar, undiagnosed condition).
You may be studying at university, working or looking for work. You may be highly skilled/ knowledgable in your subject area and when it is just you doing your thing, life is easier. However, you find social situations at uni or at work make you anxious and so you tend to avoid them when you can.
You would like to improve the social skills you have but are not sure where to start.
Autism Awareness Training
Over the last seven years I have been providing Autism awareness Training to staff and specialist mentors at Universities both in the UK and Western Australia.
These include; University for the Creative Arts, University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and Charles Sturt University. This training is focussed on furthering peoples' understanding of and improving support for students with autism or related conditions.
More recently I have delivered training to organisations who employ or are seeking to employ people with autism or related conditions, these include WA Fire and Emergency Services and WA Treasury Department.
If your organisation would benefit from better understanding autistic people, then please get in touch with me by using the enquiry from below.
Parent of participant
We noticed, almost from the first day of the course, that 'M' was able to talk to us in a more meaningful, confident manner.
Over time we also noticed he was talking the same way with strangers. The film series highlighted how well the course conveys its messages. It breaks down a tricky topic - the 'art of conversation' - into discreet elements and provides very practical advice about each of them.
M's life has changed so much for the
better - thanks in large part to what he leant from you. He has been a volunteer at an animal rescue centre for the past 6 months. Working with animals, particularly native fauna is a dream come true for him.
It was Socialeyes that enabled him to convey his passion impressively enough for the manager to give him a go. Socialeyes was a turning point for M and us and we wish you all the best in your future endeavours to share the program with others on the spectrum.
Elaine held regular one-to-one meetings with me in order to gain a detailed and accurate understanding of the areas in which I struggled most. The areas in which she helped me predominantly were social understanding regarding eye contact, times to speak and other various interactions.
Elaine held role-play exercises with other students who were struggling with similar issues and explained situations in a direct and informative manner.
Elaine's vast knowledge and research on Autism Spectrum Conditions means she knows of many 'tips and tricks' that are simple, easy to remember and can vastly improve the life of someone with ASC.
Government of WA,
Department of Communities.
Disability Services Audit 2019
Understanding Social Skills' purpose statement 'Empowering Adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions' is brought to life through the focus and commitment of the service.
NDIS Provider Audit 2021
The NDIS provider can clearly demonstrate conformity with best practice against the audit criteria. Best practice is demonstrated through innovative, responsive service delivery, underpinned by the principles of continuous improvement of the systems, processes and associated with the outcomes.
Elaine Hatfield-White is a qualified Developmental Educator with extensive experience in teaching communication skills for people with autism.
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GBP15.00 per pack
A$30.00 per pack
We have created this 24-card Daily Affirmation kit exclusively for neurodiverse people. You may identify as a person with Asperger’s Syndrome, or autism or a related condition or as an autistic individual.
However you see yourself, may these cards brighten your day with positivity and the wisdom of others who have walked the path.
To order your set please complete the Booking Enquiry Form below.
Individual sessions run for either 1 or 2 hours and can be tailored according to the person’s needs.
Cost: GBP50.00 per hour/A$90.00 per hour.
Concessions may be available.
For more information please use the contact form opposite or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are in the UK and wish to discuss more with me please call the number below:
TEL: 07554 362 083
NDIS Provider Number: 4050044390
NDIS Code for support: 15_056_0128_1_3