We offer several evidence-based social skills groups for children and youth at Launch Behavioural Services. All groups are offered in-person at our clinic located at 250 Carlaw Ave, Unit 102, Toronto, ON.
March 28th, 2023 – June 27th, 2023 | Tuesdays from 5:00pm – 6:30 pm
14-week group program, in-person at our clinic in Leslieville, Toronto. An intake assessment is required.
Fee is $1500 and may be covered by your extended health care benefits or Ontario Autism Program (OAP) funding.
Facing Your Fears (FYF) is a group intervention program for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or anxiety who need assistance managing anxiety symptoms that interfere with daily life. FYF uses a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) approach for the reduction of anxiety symptoms and management of worries and phobias.
Children and youth ages 7-14 and their caregivers can participate in FYF. Children should have intellectual functioning within the average range, read at a Grade 2 level, and have an anxiety or ASD diagnosis.
An intake interview will be scheduled prior to the program to ensure suitability of participants and to review expectations.
We also offer social skills groups based on the PEERS®(Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) Curriculum (Laugeson, 2014) for adolescents. PEERS® is an evidence-based friendship training program for middle school and high school students who are diagnosed with ASD or related disabilities and have primarily difficulties with making and keeping friends. During weekly sessions, skills are taught in a small-group lesson format with opportunities to practice with the peers in the group.
An eligibility assessment, including an interview with your teen, will be conducted in order to determine if your teen meets the pre-requisite criteria to join the social skills group. This assessment is essential to identify if your child displays the prerequisite skills to learn within a group setting. Your child should also display motivation to learn the skills for making and keeping friends.
The sessions will be conducted in a small group format with 1 lead instructor and 1 assistant instructor.
Launch Behavioural Health
Delivering evidence-based services that build skills for children and youth, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, to thrive at home, school, and in their community.
250 Carlaw Ave., Unit 102
Monday – Friday
8am – 5pm