Social Skills Groups

The Autism Discovery Institute offers a variety of social skills groups and social pairings that promote social interaction skills, language pragmatics and behavioral development. Curricula are developed in conjunction with our interdisciplinary team, and each group is facilitated by at least one member of the team in consultation with available experts. In addition, most of our groups include a parent-training component and incorporate typical peers into the sessions.

All children will complete an intake appointment with a clinician prior to admittance into the group to ensure appropriate placement and to assist with establishing individual goals. Goals are tracked throughout the duration of the program and recommendations for next steps can be made at the end of each group. We are continually adding new groups, so please contact us for the latest information.

Current groups include:

Kinder Boot Camp – A kindergarten readiness group for children with autism spectrum disorders preparing to enter an inclusion or general education setting. Targeted goals for the group include: transitioning between activities, attending and participating during class activities and identifying and keeping track of personal materials. This class is held during summer months only and is held twice weekly for 4 weeks (8 total sessions). Click here for flyer.

Hi Fives – A social skills group for children with autism spectrum disorders at or around 5 years of age. Goals for Hi Fives include: reciprocity in social interactions, flexibility in play, negotiating, joint decision making and making new friends. The group will include a parent-training component at the onset and in the middle of the 12-week group. Click here for flyer.

LINC’d (Listen, Interact, Negotiate, Cooperate) - A co-ed social skills group for children with autism spectrum disorders between 7-9 years of age. Objectives for the group include: learn about the components of friendship, learn to listen to, negotiate and cooperate with others, maintain reciprocal interactions, increase frustration tolerance and learn how to deal wtih teasing and bullying. The group will include a parent-training component at the onset and in the middle of the 12-week group.

Girl Talk – A social skills group serving girls with autism spectrum disorders between 8-10 or 10-12 years of age. Goals for Girl Talk include: improving peer relationships through effective communication, improving self-advocacy skills and understanding when and how to use appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication cues. Click here for flyer.

Meet Up – A co-ed social skills group for children with autism spectrum disorders between 10-12 years of age. Goals for Meet Up include: increase peer involvement, teach friendship training and conversation skills and enhance flexibility, reciprocity and negotiation skills within peer interactions. Click here for flyer.

PEERS – A social skills group for teens with autism spectrum disorders. PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relationship Skills) is an evidence-based social skills intervention providing teens with the tools needed for building and maintaining positive friendships. Goals for PEERS include: use appropriate conversational skills, find common interests by trading information, approriately use humor and handle rejection, teasing and bullying. PEERS also includes a parent group to equip families in assisting their teen with social relationships. Click here for flyer.