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Social Skills  Coaching

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Unlock Your Social Potential.

A social skills coach helps you improve your interaction with people and become a more effective communicator by breaking down social settings, discussing new perspectives, setting real-life actionable goals, and holding yourself accountable for your progress.  

Our coaches work with students to identify areas where they may be struggling or could use improvement in helping your communication and interpersonal skills, including the way you initiate and maintain conversations as well as how to handle life’s challenges.

When it comes to helping with social skills, there’s a clear difference between social skills coaching and therapy. Therapy is aimed at addressing emotional and mental health issues. On the other hand, social skills coaching focuses on understanding the specific social challenges someone is facing. Our goal is to create practical solutions that students can practice and think about, so they can improve how they use their social skills in real-life situations. This approach is all about actively learning and growing through real experiences.

Why Choose Social Skills Coaching?

Social skills are crucial in both the college admission process and beyond. In interviews, whether for college admission or job opportunities, effective communication, active listening, and the ability to build rapport are essential. These skills not only make a positive impression but also help convey one’s personality and potential. Networking, which plays a pivotal role in career development, relies heavily on social skills as well. Building professional relationships, attending events, and collaborating with others all hinge on the ability to connect with people on a personal level. In a competitive world, social skills can set individuals apart, facilitating their journey towards educational and career success.

  • Personalized guidance for your unique social challenges including assistance with your college admissions interview

  • Practical techniques to enhance your social interactions, critical to networking

  • Real-world scenarios to practice, refine, and implement your social skills 
  • Continuous support and feedback

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What are social skills

and why do they matter?


Social skills refer to a set of abilities and behaviors that enable individuals to effectively interact, communicate, and build relationships with others. These skills are crucial for navigating social situations, forming connections, and establishing positive interactions with people from various backgrounds. Social skills encompass a wide range of behaviors, including verbal and nonverbal communication, empathy, active listening, conflict resolution, cooperation, and understanding social cues.

Social skills contribute to both personal and professional success while positively impacting mental and emotional well-being. Developing strong social skills enhances overall quality of life and enables individuals to thrive in various social environments.

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Here are some specific social skills needed for a student’s success.

Certainly, developing strong social skills is essential for students to succeed not only in their peer interactions but also in their academic pursuits. Here’s a list of social skills that can greatly contribute to their success:

Peer Interaction Social Skills:

  • Active Listening: Paying attention when others speak, showing interest, and asking relevant questions to show that you’re engaged in the conversation.
  • Empathy: Understanding and sharing the feelings of others, demonstrating compassion and support.
  • Communication: Expressing thoughts and ideas clearly, using appropriate language and tone for different situations.
  • Conflict Resolution: Resolving disagreements calmly and respectfully, finding compromise and solutions that work for everyone.
  • Assertiveness: Communicating needs, opinions, and boundaries confidently without being aggressive or passive.
  • Collaboration: Working effectively in groups, sharing responsibilities, and contributing positively to achieve common goals.
  • Body Language: Understanding and using appropriate nonverbal cues like eye contact, facial expressions, and gestures to enhance communication.
  • Social Etiquette: Following appropriate social norms and manners in various settings, such as using polite language and showing respect for personal space.
  • Initiating and Maintaining Conversations: Starting conversations, keeping them going, and avoiding awkward silences.
  • Problem-Solving: Analyzing challenges and finding constructive ways to address them, both individually and within a group.
  • Respect for Diversity: Valuing and appreciating differences in cultures, opinions, and backgrounds.

    Academic Social Skills:

    • Time Management: Prioritizing tasks, setting goals, and managing time effectively to meet deadlines and balance academic and social activities.
    • Organization: Keeping track of assignments, notes, and study materials, maintaining a well-structured approach to learning.
    • Note-taking: Actively summarizing and recording important information during lectures or while reading, aiding comprehension and retention.
    • Asking Questions: Seeking clarification when something is unclear, showing curiosity and an eagerness to learn.
    • Participation: Engaging in class discussions, asking relevant questions, and sharing insights to contribute to a vibrant learning environment.
    • Critical Thinking: Evaluating information, analyzing concepts, and forming independent, well-reasoned opinions.
    • Adaptability: Being open to changes in study plans, curriculum, or methods, and adjusting strategies accordingly.
    • Study Groups: Collaborating with peers to review and discuss materials, enhancing understanding through shared perspectives.
    • Research Skills: Effectively locating, evaluating, and utilizing credible sources of information for assignments and projects.
    • Presentation Skills: Delivering information clearly and confidently to an audience, using visual aids and structuring content logically.
    • Self-Discipline: Staying focused on studying and completing assignments, even in the absence of direct supervision.
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    How does the process work?

    How it works:

    1. Sign up for the Social Skills Coaching Program.
    2. Hold a brief call to gather details and schedule your Strategic X-Factor™ Session with Dr. Legatt.
    3. Select the time period to start this program and submit your intake questionnaire(s).
    4. Meet with Dr. Aviva for your VIP Strategic X-Factor™ Session
    5. Strategic Plan review and introduction of social skills coach, via email. 
    6. Meet with a social skills coach and continue with the program.
    How do I know if my child needs social skills coaching?

    Determining whether your child needs social skills coaching involves observation, communication, and considering their overall well-being. Here are some steps to help you make that assessment:

    • Observation: Observe your child’s interactions with peers, family members, and others in various social settings. Look for signs of struggles or difficulties, such as:
      • Difficulty initiating or maintaining conversations
      • Trouble understanding social cues or nonverbal communication
      • Limited eye contact
      • Challenges in sharing or taking turns
      • Difficulty making and keeping friends
      • Frequent misunderstandings or misinterpretations of social situations
    • Communication: Talk openly with your child about their feelings and experiences. Ask them about their social interactions, friends, and any challenges they might be facing. Encourage them to express themselves and share any concerns they might have.
    • Feedback from Others: Consider seeking feedback from teachers, school counselors, caregivers, and other adults who interact with your child regularly. They might provide insights into your child’s social interactions within different contexts.
    • Impact on Well-being: Assess whether your child’s social difficulties are causing them distress, anxiety, or impacting their self-esteem. If you notice a negative impact on their emotional well-being, seeking help might be beneficial.
    • Consistency of Issues: If your child consistently struggles with social interactions across different settings (home, school, extracurricular activities), it might indicate a need for additional support.

    Remember that every child is unique, and some variation in social development is normal. Coaching should be supportive and tailored to your child’s individual needs, helping them build skills and confidence in their social interactions.

    Who are Ivy Insight's social skills coaches?

    Ivy Insight’s social skills coaching team is made up of those who have a track record of excellence in helping others achieve success through their assessment and implementation of developing strong social skills essential for students to succeed not only in their peer interactions but also in their academic pursuits.

    What is included in the Strategy Session with Dr. Legatt?

    The one-time Strategic Session with Dr. Aviva Legatt will be scheduled at your convenience. Prior to the session, we will request the completion of the questionnaire, Common Application credentials, and any additional resources, if applicable. After the conclusion of the session, a strategic plan will be emailed to you along with other information to move you forward to the Social Skills Coaching Program portion of your package. 

    Where can I receive more information?

    Contact Ivy Insight by email: info@ivyinsight.com or text us at (215)360-3160. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

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    Ready to take your social skills to the next level? Join our coaching program today and start your journey towards confident and effective social interactions.