Social Skills Groups
Our groups are formed based on similar age and social ability, not on the availability of time or diagnostic label. Each social grouping is determined by our trained staff in order to provide the most positive outcome for each individual.
Lessons are engaging as we strive to create a fun learning experience for students. Our teachers utilize student interest along with cutting edge strategies when developing curriculum.
Groups of 2-4 students are formed at a rate of $65 per week.
Typical Social Thinking® Groups by Age, with Learning Objectives:
Five and six year olds: This group will learn how to share space effectively with peers in order to engage in reciprocal play. Skills to master: sharing, initiating play, social awareness, self-awareness, understanding feelings, being part of a group, emotional regulation.
Seven to nine year olds: This group will learn that other people have thoughts different from their own. They will learn mindreading techniques in order to understand what someone may be feeling and/or thinking. Mindreading will help support the following skills to master: self-regulation, perspective-taking, social awareness, emotional regulation and effective communication.
Ten to twelve year olds: This group will learn the skills taught to the previous group with the following additional skills to master: social problem solving, decision-making strategies, specific executive skills to enhance social awareness and organizational skills.
Twelve to fourteen and fifteen to seventeen year olds: These groups will learn all of the skills learned in the previous two groups.
Young adults: All of the skills taught in previous groups will be learned. This group’s curriculum will vary depending on the social goals and readiness of all members. The lessons will be highly concentrated on collective interests and particular situations. Some examples of focus are; getting and keeping a job, developing relationships, navigating college classes and/or campus.
We customize a curriculum for each student based on his/her current level of social competency. These skills are assessed during the free consultation and the first session. An educational plan is created based on the student’s current level of ability combined with family and personal goals. Each session is one hour; 50 minutes with the social learner and 10 minutes with family to review concepts learned and share vocabulary to be used at home, school and therapy.
Initial Deposit:$185 which includes the first one-hour individual session, initial evaluations, and curriculum development during the first session, and a classroom observation (for school aged clients) in the child’s school before the fourth individual session. Each session thereafter is $95.
Private, small group sessions for the family members of those experiencing social communication difficulties. The session is often in the form of a workshop to help parents, guardians, siblings, grandparents, etc. to learn specific strategies to understand and support a loved one in the home and community.
We attend 504 and IEP meetings to work directly with school personnel. Providing recommendations for specially designed instruction and accommodations will promote academic and social success in school.
Workshops/Speaker Presentations for:
School In-service workshops to counselors, special educators, general educators, autism support, etc.
Some topics from past presentations:
Parent-Teacher Organization 2016: Social Challenges at Home and School: Why do our children struggle and how do social thinking concepts and strategies help?
School In-Service 2015: Social Communication Disorders: ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, NLD, PDD-NOS, HFA, BUT a person does not have to have a diagnosis to have social communication difficulties!
Delaware County Association of School Psychologists 2015: Flexible Thinking and the Learning Needs of Students with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
Wilmington University 2014: A Look at the Characteristics, Research, and Strategies for Successful College Acclimation of those with Asperger’s Syndrome
Chester County/Mainline CHADD 2014: Making and Maintaining Friendships
Public School In-service 2014: Social Cognition in Tweens and Teens: Strategies for the Paraprofessional
Parent-Teacher Organization 2014: Strategies to Ensure Successful Parenting of Children with Social Difficulties
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