Social Skills Program – C.H.A.T.

Communication Help for Young Adults and Teens


Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center’s C.H.A.T. program offers teens and young adults with difficulties in social communication an opportunity to improve individual social interaction and communication skills. 

For most of us, interacting with other people comes naturally.  We develop our social skills by observing and acquiring social information and learn how to respond to people. However, for many individuals, this process is not natural.  They struggle with social interaction because they lack the innate ability to learn the nuances of social communication and interaction. 

These challenges are commonly experienced by individuals with autism spectrum disorders (high-functioning), Asperger’s syndrome, processing impairments, ADD, ADHD, and/or nonverbal Learning Disorder.  Often, individuals experiencing social learning difficulties have not received a diagnosis.

Signs of Social Communication Difficulties

  • Has trouble making friends
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships
  • Cannot “read” body language, facial expressions, contextual cues of others or of situations
  • Difficulty initiating conversations in social situations
  • Does not show empathy
  • Cannot see the “big picture”
  • Poor planning and organizational skills
  • Difficulty holding a job
  • Difficulty making small talk

The Program

For individuals with social communication difficulties, the C.H.A.T. program teaches social awareness and communication skills in small groups led by a Speech-Language Pathologist. The group setting provides opportunities to develop social skills and awareness by learning from and interacting with other people.

Groups consist of individuals of similar ages and abilities with no more than 6 individuals per group.  The groups meet weekly. Skills are taught by direct instruction, role–playing, video modeling, skill practice with peers, activities at home and transference to “real-life” experiences.


In these sessions individuals learn social skills such as:

– Interpreting facial expressions and body language- Understanding others’ perspectives- Understanding empathy

– Conversational skills

– Teamwork skills

– Conflict resolution and problem solving- Negotiate, compromise and be assertive- Understanding social rules

– Using tact

– Establishing and maintaining friendships



Candidate Requirements:

–          Teen or young adult

–          Speech and language skills in a normal range for chronological age

–          Challenges with social skills and a desire to improve these skills


For more information about C.H.A.T.,

contact Edythe Tevelson-Lach at 863-686-3189.