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2019 Social and Functional Communication Groups for Adolescents and Adults
June 18 - July 24
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This group is designed to serve individuals that experience difficulties with social communication as a result of a variety of diagnosis areas (and not limited to):
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Intellectual/Cognitive Disability
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Other neurological diagnoses
Benefits of Group Therapy
- Provides real-life simulation of social communication situations, promoting generalization to interactions occurring outside of the clinic
- Allows for participants to share ideas/opinions, creating a more diverse learning experience and encourages perspective-taking
- Creates an opportunity for participants to practice and apply what they have learned while in a safe environment
How will social communication skills help my child?
We use these skills to…
- Make friends
- Stand up to bullies
- Work in a team (school projects, home activities, sports, etc.)
- Advocate for needs
- Succeed in future jobs
- Thinking about others’ interests
- Starting and ending conversations, and small talk
- Non-verbal communication
- Teamwork and good sportsmanship
- Negative comments and constructive criticism
- Nonliteral language and communication breakdown repair
- Self-advocacy, asking for help
- Scavenger hunts
- Barrier description games
- STEM projects
- Sharing of self activities
Instruct-Practice-Apply; What does it mean?
- Clinicians will define and model the topic or targeted skill of the week
- The group will discuss the relevance and importance of that topic or skill in their lives
Clients will engage in controlled, small group activities and role play that offer opportunities to practice the topic or skill
In a group setting, with peers, clients receive the opportunity to implement the skills learned
Social interactions are abstract! We provide explicit instruction and a safe environment for questions and discussion to achieve comprehension of social behaviors. We use therapeutic strategies and techniques that make navigation of social contexts more concrete.