Social skills groups are designed to provide an opportunity for individuals on the autism spectrum to practice and improve their social skills in a safe, supportive and structured environment.
Social skills groups meet on a regular basis and are usually facilitated by a professional.
Some groups consist only of autistic people although some may also include non-autistic people who are there to demonstrate appropriate social skills.
A social skills group session typically includes a structured lesson on a specific skill, demonstration of the skill, role playing with rehearsal/practice of the skill, discussion, and individualized performance feedback.
Social skills groups differ from social groups in that they are more focused on the attainment of skills and are therefore more structured.
Social skills groups are designed to provide an opportunity for individuals on the autism spectrum to practice and improve their social skills in a safe, supportive environment.
Most groups consist of between 2 -10 members with similar characteristics e.g. age or ability. Some groups include people with and without autism, although some groups consist only of people with autism. The groups may be held in the classroom, sensory room, playground or other community facility.
Most groups are facilitated by professionals, who are there to help the individuals in the group meet agreed objectives.
Our objectives may include:
Members of the group undertake a range of activities to achieve those objectives, including group activities, role play, team discussions, and unstructured play. In some cases, interactions between group members are video-taped so that they can be discussed afterwards.
Group members who are not on the autism spectrum usually receive some form of training in how to communicate with individuals who are on the spectrum. Parents of children in a social skills group may receive training and or support at the same time as the group meets.
Social skills groups are $580 for 5 weeks and meets on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am to 11:30 pm for 90 minutes. Our age appropriate groups are as follows, 7-10, 11-13, and 14-18. Please click here to register for one our group sessions.