The ability to interact, get along, and develop and maintain relationships is a powerful predictor of current as well as later psychological adjustment. Young children with poor social skills are unhappy, are alienated from their peers, have poor achievement levels, and have low self esteem. Peer rejection in adolescence is even more destructive with increased school failure, absenteeism, dropping out, and delinquency. In adulthood, our social skills play a large role in the type of work we are able to find and whether or not we can maintain it. It determines whether or not we will have friends and romantic partners, and ever marry and raise a family.
Friendships are viewed by most people as a very important part of life. Through friendships, we experience feelings of being liked, valued, admired, cared about, trusted, and loved. With this come feelings of positive self-worth, a sense of belonging, and feelings of worthiness.
The inability to navigate the social world in childhood and adolescence has a profound effect on the social life of adults. Half of adults with Asperger’s Disorder report having only one or two social activities in any given month. More than 35 percent have absolutely none. These statistics drive home the need for intensive social skills training during childhood and adolescence.