We are working to pair children based on their developmental, language, social, and play level. These groups are designed for children in need of social, play, and verbal skills. It emphasizes creating the best learning environment for each individual child. Many of our clients who receive 1:1 ABA therapy are included in these Social/Play groups to generalize skills learned in individual sessions.
Our experienced team guides children through a schedule of ABA-based activities including structured play, group games, and individualized instruction. Significant planning is involved in these groups, please be on time for the appointment and do not send your child with other toys (unless preplanned). We must also ask that other children not attend 1:1 sessions; this is when we pre-teach the skills for the play date and address other programing goals. We hope families will continue to foster these friendships and meet for play dates outside of therapy.
Sample of goals for younger social groups (Assessments are conducted to determine each child’s needs):
Asking and answering peers
Learning to wait, accepting no
Learning to self-regulate emotions
Listening and paying attention to others
Interactive pretend & gameplay
Expected & unexpected behaviors
A Variety of Curriculums are used to include Skillstreaming by Ellen McGinnis & Arnold Goldstein, ACT by Dr. Mark Dixon, Social Skills Solutions by McKinnon & Krempa & We Thinkers by Michelle Garcia Winner
Sample of goals for older social groups (Assessments are conducted and individual goals are created based on their needs):
Getting along peers and friends (how to recognize and respond to bullying, identifying supportive peers and friends)
Emotional regulation (how do I feel and what can I do about it?)
What is the hidden curriculum as a pre-teen?
Using a daily planner
Initiating conversations with peers, how to plan and follow through with social events utilizing strengths and overcoming challenges