Social skill development for children, adolescents, and adults can be an awesome task when a disability impacts socialization. As one of our domain areas for comprehensive assessment, music therapists continually evaluate the impact of social deficits on our clients.
It is important for the therapist to understand social development, formalized social skill assessments, sub-skills within social skill areas, and social programs and intervention often integrated into school and other programs. This in itself can be an awesome undertaking. However, by understanding and recognizing sub-domain categories and skill strands within each social skill area, music therapists are immediately better prepared to conduct assessments, develop more specific goals and benchmarks, and create specialized songs and music interventions for treatment.