Friendship is a value in life that prevents loneliness while also providing stability and reliability.
These qualities are especially important when considering a developing child. Some children with special needs struggle with creating bonds with peers. Social skills groups are an opportunity for parents to introduce applied behavior analysis interventions in group settings.
Social Skills Groups are focused on developing skills needed for a child to form friendships. Our groups will teach conversational skills and good sportsmanship. The groups consists of multiple sessions divided into weekly meetings. Our therapist will implement teaching strategies such as modeling, role playing, and real play to help your child master each weekly target.
While your child is working with our clinicians, a parent training group will be held simultaneously to provide instructional guidance to the family. Our goal is to strengthen your child’s social functioning and to improve their overall quality of life.
Students will be engaged in a variety of different activities that will teach them critical skills. Our social skills groups follow evidence based protocols to develop the needed proficiency. Some examples include but are not limited to:
Our clinicians follow the Children’s Friendship Training curriculum, consisting of 12 sessions meeting once weekly. Each session focuses on 1 topic at a time and ends with assigned homework for the week.
Our Pre-K Group accepts kids ages 4 – 6 years old. This group is designed to teach young children basic pre-requisite skills to begin enjoying group activities with peers. We will be working on skills such as proper greetings, parallel play, basic turn taking, and sharing.
Our Elementary Group accepts kids ages 7 – 12 years old. This age group will be focusing on more complex social skills such as , expanding conversational exchanges, playing multistep games, waiting, and practicing good sportsmanship.
Group Duration: 12 weeks
Group Meetings: Tuesday Evenings from 5 to 6 pm
Our clinicians follow the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®)Treatment Manual curriculum, consisting of 14 sessions meeting once weekly.
Our Teens Group accepts teens ages 13 – 18 years old. This group will focus on socially transitioning from child to young adult, building skills to initiate and maintain friendships outside of group and or school settings, resolving conflicts, safety when making new friends, and safely navigating online friendships.
Our Young Adult Group accepts participants ages 19 – 26 years old. This group helps those who have graduated high school connect with other young adults, learn how to seek and engage in age appropriate activities, build skills to develop and maintain relationships in the real world and expand new interests.
Group Duration: 14 weeks
Group Meetings: Tuesday Evenings from 5 to 6:30 pm
Each group must have a minimum of 5 children participating, but no more than 10 children in one group. Exact numbers may vary.
One session for PreK and Elementary Group is 1 hour long. One session for Teens and Young Adult Group is 1.5 hours long.
PreK and Elementary children must be present for at least 10 of the 12 sessions. Teens and Young Adults must be present for 12 of the 14 sessions. All participating children and parents MUST be present for the first session.
Yes, a parent or caregiver must be present during parent training. Therapists are limited within the group time to teach skills to the children. Parent trainings are meant to teach parents how to support their kids through challenges outside of group.
No, participating children or teens do not need to have a diagnosis. While children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Oppositional Defiance Disorder are most common participants, a diagnosis is not required unless you plan on paying for services through your insurance.
We accept Cigna, Aetna, Avmed, Optum, and United Health. Insurance coverage will require an ASD diagnosis. Outside of these providers, we also accept private pay.