Some individuals with ASD and other neurodevelopmental/behavioural disabilities will attain greater outcomes in a real life setting - our social and peer groups can help achieve these goals. Social skills have been directly linked to academic and relationship success.
Some groups include:
Social Skills for Elementary School Age
This group focuses on developing social skills necessary to successfully interact in typical community settings. Skill areas covered include understanding others perspectives, thoughts, belies and intention of others, and emotional regulation and awareness in self and others.
PEERS` is a 14-week evidence-based and parent-assisted social skills intervention for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders in middle and high school. The group focus is on learning ways to make new friends. A consecutive session will be run at the same time for parents focusing on similar content to help them best support their child in their daily lives.
*Parent involvement is mandatory.
Teens with Goals
In ‘Teens with Goals` we focus on independent self care, daily living skills, and goal planning. This group is designed to include executive functioning skill development, friendship skills and community experiences.
1st group session is parents only.
What Does it Mean to Me
`What Does it Mean to Me` is a well-structured, comprehensive social skills group based on Catherine Faherty's workbook explaining self awareness and life lessons to children and youth with high functioning autism. This group will focus on understanding autism, developing self awareness and learning self advocacy skills while working on social skills. This will cover: active listening, making a good first impression, improving communication and conversation skills, facilitating social entry, coping effectively with teasing and bullying, enhancing self-esteem and managing stress.
Using graduated exposure, this group focuses on increasing a child's tolerance to a variety of foods. Each session will include exposure to new foods and textures including drinks, proteins and vegetables. Parental training and involvement is necessary.
Get Set for SchoolTM Printing Group
The printing group is based on the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum. Children will participate in a variety of activities aimed at prompting fine and gross motor development through a multi-sensory approach. Children will learn correct letter formation and spacing and will develop skills necessary for school.
Sibling Support Group
A group designed for siblings of individuals with ASD. Topics covered will include understanding ASD (why does my brother or sister act this way?), how to interact with my sibling and making friends with other kids who also have a sibling with ASD.
Children's Friendship Training
Children’s Friendship Training is an evidence-based, group-format, parent-assisted social skills intervention for children ages 7 – 12 with ASD.
It has been proven effective with verbal children who have high-functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome. This program was developed at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where it has been used and studied for over 20 years with more than 1,000 families.
This 10-week program gives children the opportunity to learn:
- Conversational skills,
- how to make a good first impression,
- how to “play detective” to find common interests,
- how to join a group of kids at play,
- how to handle rejection, teasing and bullying,
- how to be a good host on a play date,
- how to be a good winner,
- how to be a good sport,
- and how to show respect towards adults.
- Children between the ages of 7-12 years old
- Children with high functioning ASD
**Please note: All groups are not offered at all locations - please contact your local centre for more details.