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5 Things You Need to Know About Social Skills Coaching

5 Things You Need to Know About Social Skills Coaching



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5 Things You Need to Know About Social Skills Coaching - An Easy Guide for Parents and Clinicians

Author, Roya Ostovar, PhD, Kritsa DiVittore, PsyD

Improve Your Quality of Life with Social Skills Coaching

Social language is much like any other language, and social language skills are like any other skills; they can be learned and improved with practice. If we think about the skills required for any sport, we know right away that the role of the coach is critical. The same is true for social language, the difference is that being coached on our social skills is new to us. This quick guide covers what social coaching is and how social skills coaching can be beneficial for anyone and lead them to a more fulfilling life.

  • Some of the social skills addressed in this book are interpersonal skills, non-verbal communication, self awareness, creating positive and meaningful interactions with others, and more.

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 and 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.

Format: Paperback / softback


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