Teen Social Skills Groups
Our group emphasizes helping teens with ASD build the skills required for participation in many jobs, including communication and social skills. Goals for each participant are individualized to their needs and taught using evidence based practices from ABA (applied behavior analysis).
Who Will Benefit
Teens with near age-appropriate language skills will benefit from a social group that offers multiple opportunities to practice conversing and cooperating with others in a relaxed and supportive environment.
Behavior analysts teach new skills by clearly defining what is to be taught, noting specific skills needed to arrive at that desired outcome, tracking each student’s progress, and developing a reinforcing environment that motivates learners to work on these skills.
We utilize a behavioral skills training model, which involves giving instruction on a skill, demonstrating the skill, multiple opportunities for the learner to practice the skill, and supportive feedback and reinforcement for working on the skill.
Lessons are delivered through games and activities that are aimed at being fun and engaging learning opportunities! Our goal is for participants to enjoy group rather than simply being expected to learn skills. Teens’ preferences for activities are encouraged and included throughout sessions.
This treatment provides consultation for parents who are seeking more information or training on ABA techniques. Clients that are seen for focused ABA typically require behavioral interventions for only very specific circumstances or situations. Some potential circumstances that may be treated using focused ABA are potty training, bedtime routines, managing problem behavior, difficulty with transitions, and more.
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will meet with the family and child in home or in the community, assess the child's needs, and help the family implement an individualized treatment approach. Ongoing training sessions will be provided by the BCBA. The length of treatment for focused ABA and consultation depends on the needs of the child and the extent of the behavioral concern. The appropriateness of focused ABA services will be determined by the BCBA.
Our early childhood ABA program is provided in-home within the child's natural environments by BCBAs and other qualified professionals trained in the science and application of behavior analysis. By providing the therapy in the child's home and community, skills learned throughout the therapy process are most likely to occur naturally within vital environments. Additionally, family and other natural supports are able to observe and partake in the treatment process, allowing for maximized learning for both the child and their caregivers.
We provide comprehensive, direct therapy services to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder ages birth to 5 years old. In addition to the child's direct therapy, parent education and support is a cornerstone of our program. We believe families should understand “how behavior works”. Ultimately we want each child to reach their full potential and maintain skills learned when we’re not there. For this reason, parent participation is a central part of our therapy.