Social Skills Groups for Children & Adolescents with Autism
Social skills are those unspoken rules that allow us to interact with others in a positive way and increase the likelihood that others will respond favorably in return. Social Skills Groups allow participants to learn and practice these skills in a safe, supportive environment. There are many children, teens and young adults who require direct instruction to learn many social skills, such as, use of directed eye contact or how to “read” the many subtle cues in social situations. Interpersonal skills including sharing, turn taking, shifting topics, making “small talk” and having 2-way conversations are skills that can benefit from role-playing and practice.
Our groups incorporate age-appropriate, evidenced-based practices that focus on skill development and learning to think socially. Group members participate in fun and engaging activities to learn the skills necessary in social interactions including conversations, perspective taking, assertiveness, self-advocacy, initiating/maintaining friendships, problem-solving and turn taking. Participants will practice skills in-group and increase their social confidence to take their skills “on the road” at home, at school, and in other activities.
Our therapists use evidenced-based practices include:
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Social Stories
- Social scripts
- Social Thinking ™
- Teaching the “Hidden Curriculum,”
- Video modeling or other technology, using software to teach social skills
Social Skills Groups are customized to the developmental level of participants and a pre-screening is required before the individual is placed in a group.
We are proud to be an in-network provider with United Healthcare and Aetna for social skills groups.