The Social Skills Groups that are run at The Autism Project are led by professionals who are licensed Speech/Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Mental Health Practitioners, and supported by staff that have received extensive training in best practices for children with autism spectrum disorders.
A licensed clinician identifies individualized objectives for each child participating in the session; develops specialized strategies to target specific communication, emotional regulation, engagement, and social interaction behaviors during group activities; and rates the child’s progress on each objective weekly.
At the end of each 12-14 week session, we assess the degree of improvement that the child reached on each of his/her objectives and mail a Progress Report home to the child’s family. In addition to revealing things you weren’t aware that your child could do, Progress Reports can be a helpful tool when discussing students’ strengths and needs during school IEP meetings.
- Specific competencies cultivated through our groups include:
- Positive peer relations, reciprocal play, and engaging in shared experiences
- Functional skills in sporting activities, coordination and teamwork
- Problem solving
- Life skills and independence
- Social judgment
- Body regulation
- Understanding and expressing your emotions
- Building self-esteem
We offer a variety of program options that appeal to a range of interests and ability levels.