There is no substitute for experience. at Kids Cooperate social skills groups, we have seen that skill acquisition happens best when scaffolded by play and activity. Genes provide a blueprint for development but it is lived experience that create growth and shape the type of person we become.
For a child with social anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or other challenges, prolonged or traumatic negative social experiences may inhibit their interest and ability to seek social opportunity, resulting in a negative feedback loop of avoidance and rejection. One of the most important things that a social skills group can provide is a therapeutic environment where children and young adults can experiment with identity and experience social interaction in a safe and accepting space.