Social Groups & Camp
The Autism Project Building Renovaton
Thanks to the generosity of The Champlin Foundation, our building is getting a facelift! We've been planning for months and we are starting this week. It is our goal to have all renovations complete within the next 2-3 weeks.
Here is a Social Narrative for participants to read before groups return from February Break. We will post a Before and After photo too for non-readers to be told about the changes too.
So, this is the plan...
Renovation of Sensory and Training Room is Currently in Progress
- Expanding the Sensory Room by knocking down the wall between Room 107 and 108, adding padded flooring, paint, and replacing lighting.
- Replacing glass in all the front windows and applying film to keep the sun out.
- Painting training room (where Club Jr and other groups meet), installing new training electronics including a Smart TV, Screen, Overhead LCD, etc.
Renovation of the Waiting Room and Group Room 104 is Currently in Progress
- Expanding the size of Room 104 by knocking down the wall between 104 and 105, replacing glass in the windows, painting the walls, replacing the carpet with commercial grade -But pretty flooring that is more sanitary and easy to maintain, replacing lighting with more current eco-friendly lighting, and installing storage cabinetry.
- We'll be taking bids for the 1980 light fixture! The Waiting Room will look and feel like a mini-Panera with new couches, work cubbies and activity area for siblings.
This is a very exciting time and we look forward to it all being completed! Hopefully this is Phase I. Our goal is to update the Main Office area and staff work areas in Phase 2.
2016/2017 social skills groups
Our Social Skills Groups will be starting in October 2016! We will post the available groups and start dates as soon as we can.
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 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.
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
- 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.
A full list of our 2016-2017 Social Groups and updated Group applications will be posted soon!
Thank you to our friends at Hasbro, Inc. for their continued support of our social programs.