KRISTIN’S CASE STUDY
Kristin came to SOAR when she was 12 years old. Her family reached out to us because she was having trouble making friends and forming social connections. She was frequently bullied at school and was having thoughts of self-harm.
We began with a comprehensive initial assessment. In our initial assessment, Kristin identified that she wanted to make friends but that she didn’t get along with anybody her age. She was “more interested in reading and science than boy bands.” Because so much of Kritin’s needs were social in nature, we realized that it would be extremely important to work with the school to develop a comprehensive plan for her.
We reached out to her teacher and the school administrators and worked collaboratively on her treatment. We assigned a therapist who quickly formed a relationship with her and began facilitating social interactions in the community.
We started her therapy by giving her a deep-dive lesson on social skills. We taught her how to start conversations, navigate the ebbs and flows of conversations, how to recognize when a conversation was ending, and how to exit smoothly.
She learned about the importance of finding common interests and how these form the basis of friendships. We also learned that Kristin enjoys role playing games, so we got her involved in local teen groups that play RPGs. We sent our therapist with Kristin to these groups and through the close collaboration between SOAR, her school, and community groups, Kristin formed at least two close friendships.
By the end of her treatment, Kristin reported not having thoughts of self-harm any more because she had formed close friends.