The Autism Project's social skills groups, programs and summer camp for children and young adults with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, South County Social Skills Groups


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2018-2019 Social Skills Groups Registration information

2018-2019 Social Skills groups will begin October 2018! 

The Application/Registration packet can be found below and must be completed in full and submitted, along with a $75.00 non-refundable application processing fee, to our office prior to the beginning of the session for consideration.

Participants will not be placed in a group without a submitted application.

This Registration fee is a flat rate, meaning that each session, participants are charged a total of $75.00 to register for as many of our groups as they would like. Participation in any of the groups that we offer requires this fee.

Upon completion of the 2018-2019 Social Group Application, participants will be considered for placement in their group of choice. Groups will include the usual breaks during the year for holidays and school breaks; following the Johnston Public school calendar.

It's important to note, we WILL accept applications after the groups begin. Participants will be placed based upon their abilities and fit with existing groups. We will work to ensure participants are enrolled in at least one group as appropriate.

If you have any questions, please contact Abby Waite at or Joanie Jenkins at or call Joanie at 401-954-1283

The $75.00 Application processing fee is not covered by medical assistance programs and does not guarantee placement in a group.

If you are applying for a scholarship, please indicate "scholarship" on the group application. A Scholarship form is provided below or you may receive one upon request.

The scholarship application must completed in full, with a copy of your 2017 Tax Return or 2 most recent paystubs of all household income and sent in along with the completed Application/Registration packet. 

The Registration Fee can be made by check, money order, cash or credit card. Payment can also be made using the PayPal link provided below.
If you pay online, please indicate that you have paid by PayPal on the Application/Registration.

Social Group Payment Policies

*Please note that we have had to increase our Self-Pay Group Fee to $30.00 (Per Class/Per Week). These costs will also apply to our participants over 21 years of age.
1. As of October 2015, participants are invited sign up for a full year of social skills groups. Groups are scheduled to meet for approximately 30 weeks and all group sites follow the Johnston Public School’s schedule in terms of breaks and school closings.
2. The $75.00 Registration is required for all applicants and applications will not be processed without this payment.
3. Self-Pay Participants have three options for group payment.
a. Pay the full amount prior to group start date = $30 per each class, per week.
b. Pay for 10 weeks prior to group start date; then pay for remaining weeks prior to January 2019.
c. Apply for a scholarship prior to group start date, must be submitted with proof of income and/or a copy of 2018 tax returns.
4. All fees MUST be paid prior to the start of groups.
5. Participants will not be placed in a group if there are any outstanding balances for previous groups and/or summer camp.
If you are interested in your child participating in a group, please complete the application and submit it to Abigail Waite. She will confirm receipt of your application. You will hear from a Group Coordinator within 2-3 weeks of group start dates if a placement is available.
Also, an intake/assessment may be required for some clients before the start of groups. We will notify each family if this will be needed and schedule an appointment with a licensed therapist here at our Johnston location.


**Please bring completed application with you if you are scheduled for an intake/assessment**

If you have any questions, please contact Abby Waite at or Joanie Jenkins at or call Joanie at 401-954-1283

Group Participant information

The Autism Project’s Social Groups are peer groups designed to strengthen the social interaction and communication skills of children, teens, and young adults with autism spectrum disorders.
Teaching social skills to individuals with autism is an area of treatment that is continuously evolving. At The Autism Project, we offer group-based social skills programs designed to strengthen the communication skills and social interaction abilities of children, teens and young adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
Our organization believes that participants will learn through their positive experiences, and we provide a safe environment to encourage active participation and practice social skills, complete with supports to promote success and independence, such as:
  • Built in structures
  • Schedules
  • Visuals to promote positive communication
  • Visuals to enhance social participation
  • Incorporated interests and themes
  • Working in and respecting Autism Time
  • Giving choices

We offer a variety of program options that appeal to a range of interests, ability levels and age groups.

To submit your registration, please hand-in, mail, fax or email your completed application to: or
The Autism Project
1516 Atwood Ave, Johnston, RI 02919
fax#: 401-785-2272
Attn: Abby Waite/Joanie Jenkins

To pay the $75.00 Registration Fee Online:


A full list of our 2018-2019 Social Groups will be posted soon!

Thank you to our friends at Hasbro, Inc. for their continued support of our social programs.


This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Funding provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.


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