Socialeyes (Autism/Aspergers)

What is Socialeyes?

‘Socialeyes’ is a programme developed by the National Autistic Society to facilitate social skills and social understanding for people on the autism spectrum.

The Disability Team runs a Socialeyes programme for GCU students who have a diagnosis, or who would identify with a diagnosis, on the autism spectrum.

The programme aims to provide students with strategies to feel more comfortable in social situations including making friends, group work situations, placements and more. The programme addresses 8 different aspects of social interaction:

-          Starting a conversation

-          Eye Contact

-          Personal Space

-          Taking turns in a conversation

-          Keeping on topic

-          Talking about interests

-          Sensitive topics

-          Ending conversations

The programme is delivered as a series of structured workshops, each lasting 90minutes. Participants attend one workshop a week, over a period of 8 weeks.

What happens in the workshops?

Each workshop involves discussion about the particular social skill for that module. The discussion is supplemented with videos, group exercises and the introduction of alternative strategies. The sessions are relaxed, interactive and welcoming, to allow students to share their experiences too. 


Is there homework to complete?

There is no written homework to complete.

Hand-outs are given at the end of each workshop. We encourage participants to try out some of the material covered in class and we offer one-to-one meetings with a mentor to allow you to do this. You can also observe and try out what we have done in the workshop as part of your daily interactions with friends and family so it isn’t too time consuming!

What have other students said about Socialeyes?

“As a nursing student, my course places a strong emphasis on social skills. Socialeyes was a good starting point for working on my social skills and gave me more confidence on placement.  It has also made it easier for my mentor and me to talk about my skills at one-to-one meetings.”

“It was helpful to learn when eye contact is appropriate and how it makes others feel in certain situations.”

“I enjoyed the calm environment, relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff.  It’s a very private and confidential class.”

“The classes are very informative, conversational and fun.”


How do I find out more, or sign up?

For more information, please contact the Disability Team. We can arrange a time for you to come in to speak to one of the Advisers about the programme and answer any questions you might have.