Social Skills Therapy - Ages 8-14

Our social skills therapy courses provides instruction, demonstrations, modeling, practice, and promotion of transfer and generalization in the following areas to increase skills and opportunities for positive social interactions for children with Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism.

“Kids Chat ‘N’ Chill” (KCNC) groups include of one hour of direct instruction followed by two to four hours of therapeutic recreation in the community each week.

“Teens Talk Teens Rock” (TTTR) groups include of one hour of direct instruction followed by two to four hours of therapeutic recreation in the community each week.

Sample Course Offerings

(See Current Catalog for Courses Offered During a Specific Term)

Cracking Current Communication Codes I, II & III
Reports indicate that only seven percent of the emotional meaning in language is actually expressed with words. Through instruction, demonstrations and extensive practice, participants develop, increase and expand their ability to navigate the world of body language, non-verbal cues, facial expression and other forms of non-verbal communication.

Conversations in the Community I
 This course increases meaning and motivation for becoming effective communicators in the community and improves basic communication and interactive skills by developing and expanding competencies in all social language skills, verbal and nonverbal, expressive and receptive, literal and interpretive.

Developing Relationships Through Communication
This course explores the reasons, components and strategies for “Starting a Friendship” while developing social understanding and social thinking skills. Participants will learn and practice a variety of social and conversational responses, and consider the reasons for different types of conversation, small talk and “getting to know others” communication.

Formulas for Social Success
For ages 11 to 15. Social understanding, social thinking and the ability to recognize and honor others’ perspectives provide the key ingredients for social success. Participants develop skills and motivation to combine these ingredients to make good impressions on others and \establish positive reputations as they think about others, what others think of them, respect authority and respect themselves.

Girls Self-Awareness I, II & III
 This course focuses on building a healthy “self” by exploring relationship dynamics, both friendship and romantic; a beginning awareness of basic reproductive health needs; harassment; nutrition and physical fitness; building and maintaining positive self-image; and exploring how adapting some of our own behaviors can improve our reputation with others.

Making the Most of Middle School
Coping with change and knowing how to seek out and manage new opportunities are necessary for making successful adjustments to the middle school, another new school or just a new school year. This course is designed to build on clients’ strengths and previously learned skills to help them feel even more comfortable at school, so they are confident and prepared to manage new friendships, make great and lasting impressions on teachers and peers and seek out and engage in even more meaningful experiences and opportunities.

Moving On to Middle School I & II
This course is largely based upon the DVD “Moving On To Middle School,” developed specifically for adolescents on the spectrum, and is told through the eyes of children who voice their opinions. Topics range from dealing with physical education, staying organized, getting involved, being bullied and teased, hallway etiquette, etc. Lessons highlight the benefits of getting involved in school activities and maintaining a positive social reputation.

Notable Needs I, II & III
“Notable Needs” helps kids recognize and value their own and others’ needs, so that they can interact, work and play with others successfully. They will also develop empathy, advocacy, brainstorming, compromise and negotiation skills to manage conflicts with peers and adults.

Peer Relationships I & II
This course is ideal for the child/teen in need of practice dealing with both friendly and non-friendly peers. Responsibilities of self and peers are explored as well as relationship maintenance, conversation skills, sarcasm, conflict and more.

Peer Relationships in the Workplace I & II
Employee relationship skills, work skills, job site behavior and time management skills will be taught through direct teaching, facilitated practice, and a hands-on work experience. Each participant will create an individualized work portfolio.

Self-Advocacy and Self-Management I & II
Using the 5-Point Scale to define and analyze socially appropriate behavior, participants will learn about advocacy by honing listening skills and learning about conversation repair strategies, reputation and being assertive. Participants develop an understanding and motivation for demonstrating mature behaviors related to responsibility, self-management and assertion to promote social success.

Slick Self-Control I, II & III
Participants increase their emotional and behavioral skills and motivation for exercising self-control over the desire to have their own way, to have everything be predictable, and to be right and win in every situation, so they can enjoy the long-term benefits of self-management in relationships and self-esteem.

Social Boundaries and Self-Management I, II, III & IV
Adapted from Kari Dunn Buron’s A 5 is Against the Law! and including Michelle Garcia Winner’s work, this dynamic course facilitates dramatic changes in social and behavioral success with a framework that guides social understanding, social thinking, self-management, perspective-taking, and vital, unwritten social expectations and rules.

Social Understanding and Self-Management I, II & ITC
This dynamic course facilitates dramatic changes in social and behavioral success by providing a framework that guides social thinking, self-management, perspective taking, and vital unwritten social expectations and rules with greater emphasis on social understanding.

SUCCESS (Strengthening, Understanding, Connecting, and Coaching Executive Skills for Success) I, II & III
This course is designed to help clients with executive functioning deficits understand how the brain works, study paths to future success, study work and learning behaviors and get motivated to use and pursue skills they possess and paths they desire. It is also designed to be a practical, “hands-on” type course. Clients will practice using strategies and systems for organization, time management and planning skills.

Teens Tame Technology I & II
Social media abounds and holds limitless possibilities for teens to develop online social relationships with peers, engage in online gaming activities, share talents and ideas, and practice their social skills from home. This course informs participants about practicing safety, social understanding and promotes expected behaviors online.

Transition to Work I & II
This course will help develop skills related to choosing job/career directions, conducting a job search, writing resumes and cover letters, interview skills, scripts for networking, responding to criticism and the “do’s and don’ts” of maintaining a job.

Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships I & II
This is a two-part course for teens who are ready to develop a broader understanding of the social world. In this curriculum we will discuss The Ten Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships as they are explored in the book written by Dr. Temple Grandin and Sean Barron. Some of the topics explored will include the idea that rules are not absolute, everyone makes mistakes, and honesty is not the same as diplomacy.

Young Adults Group
This group provides a venue to address personal and social-related issues through a guided discussion format. Group members work together to develop topic and community outing ideas. The dynamic operation of this group facilitates the self reflection and goal setting necessary for independent living and also helps develop the flexibility and compromise skills required for getting along with others and developing and maintaining relationships with friends.