The Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic in partnership with the Neurobehavior HOME Program is offering the following therapy groups for people with autism and other developmental challenges. Please call us with questions or to get registered for a group.
Part of signing your child up for a group includes meeting the group coordinator, Court Allred LCSW (unless your child has already been in one of our groups). After a brief informal assessment Court will recommend an appropriate group, based on your child’s level of maturity, functioning, age, and temperament. Each group, despite its name and description, teaches social skills, flexibility, and problem solving skills.
Little Kids Social Skills (Ages 4-7)
This group focuses on critical skills that all children need to interact with peers and adults and to develop and maintain friendships. This group is designed to enhance your child’s social foundational skills, such as:
- Basic interactional skills
- Conversational skills
- Specific friendship skills
- Emotional and social reciprocity
- Problem solving skills
We do this through discussions, role-plays, and activities. Children will also be encouraged to practice skills learned each week at home with siblings, peers, and parents.
Leisure Skills (Ages 8-13 years)
This group focuses on developing the skills children need to engage in play and to work with others. Activities are designed for children to work with others one on one, on a team and as a group.
A supportive environment coupled with coaching and clear boundaries encourage children to practice and develop their leisure skills. The objective of the group is to increase your child’s confidence and ability to participate in activities with others.
Facing Your Fears (8-12)
This group provides therapy for managing anxiety in children with high functioning autism spectrum disorders. Social skills are not the only cause of difficulties in social behavior. In many of our ASD children, anxiety prevents them from participating in social situations and participating appropriately.
Anxiety is one of the biggest challenges faced by children with high functioning autism. Help them conquer their fears-and participate more fully in home, school, and community life-with the innovative Facing Your Fears group therapy program for children and parents. There is a co-occurring parent group.
Teen Groups (Age 13-17)
Teen Social Skills Group (Teens 13-16)
This co-ed social group meets the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and related conditions ages 13-17. This group meets weekly at Liberty Park to get outside, get physical exercise, practice positive teamwork and good sportsmanship, and have fun during the summer! We will be practicing the skills taught in the evidenced-based PEERS curriculum in an outdoor setting.
Young Adult Groups (18-23)
Transition Social Skills Group
This co-ed social skills group meets the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and related conditions ages 17-23. We use an evidence-based curriculum, the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relationship Skills (PEERS) curriculum, that was developed at UCLA. This group will specifically focus on these skills important in the transition into adulthood:
- Communication Skills
- Assertiveness Skills
- Interview And Job Skills
- Relationship Skills
Adult Social Skills Group
This adult social skills group is for adults 19 years of age and older. The focus of the group is to provide a safe and supportive environment where adults can meet and interact with other adults while working on the following:
- Conversational skills
- Ways to develop and maintain friendships
- Problem solving and conflict resolution skills
- Emotional reciprocity
- Identifying and managing their own emotions
The group is an open group held two times a month. It is run by the Neurobehavior HOME Program and not exclusive to people with autism.
Book Club (Free, not a therapeutic group, but social gathering)
This group provides a creative outlet and social opportunity for adults on the autism spectrum. Each month, members nominate books they would like to read. Due to the size of the group and varying preferences, we democratically select two of the nominations to read that month, and each member can choose which book they prefer.
We begin for the first 30 minutes as a large group in a conference room for socialization and eating (pizza and soft drinks provided). We then split into two smaller groups to discuss their respective books for the next hour. We regroup after the discussion to nominate and select the books for the next month. The book club meets once a month.