Many teens struggle with socializing and making friends. They may find it hard to know what to say at social events and find that it is easier to avoid them or stand on the sidelines as a silent observer. Your teen watches people laughing, telling jokes, and coming up with the perfect punch line to draw in people’s attention, but when they try to contribute to the conversation, their comments may be ignored or perhaps not even heard.
Some people are born with weaknesses in the area of social communication which creates anxiety is social situations. The anxiety further shuts down an already weak system. Social skills training is very effective at targeting those weaknesses. In combination with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the anxiety component, your teen will find socializing with others to be easier and more natural. Their friendships will improve and it will open the door to more opportunities to meet people. Therapy is usually short-term and success happens rather quickly.