Social Skills Groups

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We offer two evidence based social skills groups for children and youth at Launch Behavioural Services.

Children (ages 8-14)

We offer social skills groups based on the Children Friendship Training program (Frankle & Myatt, 2003) for children ages 8-14. Our goal is to teach your child how to apply skills learned within the group, with peers at school, and in the community. Skills will be taught in a small-group format with 6-8 children and 1 lead instructor and an assistant instructor.

 

An eligibility assessment will be conducted in order to determine if your child 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.

Our children social skills group address social functioning in several areas:

  • Conversational skills
  • Peer group entry
  • Expanding and developing friendship networks
  • Handling teasing
  • Practicing good sportsmanship
  • Practicing good host behaviour during playdates

What we offer:

  • One 90-minute session on Saturday mornings for 12 sessions
  • Curriculum based learning plan
  • Opportunities to connect and interact with all children within the program
  • Supervision from a BCBA, BCBA-D, or Registered Psychologist.

Commitment from parents:

  • Participation in homework or parent training opportunities
  • Ongoing communication about challenges, concerns or progress
  • On time drop off and pick up
  • Weekly attendance and participation in parent meetings the last 15-minutes of each session, to share information and homework assignment

Youth Social Skills Group (ages 12-17)

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. 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 will be conducted in order to determine if your child 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.

 

The sessions will be conducted in a small group format with 1 lead instructor and 1 assistant instructor. 

The goals of the program include:

  • Trading information
  • Conversational skills
  • Electronic communication
  • Choosing appropriate friends
  • Appropriate use of humor
  • Peer entry and exit strategies
  • Get-togethers
  • Good sportsmanship
  • Handling teasing, bullying, and bad reputation
  • Handling arguments and disagreements
  • Handling rumours and gossip

What we offer:

  • One 90-minute session on Saturday mornings for 15 sessions
  • Curriculum based learning plan
  • Opportunities to connect and interact with all youth within the program
  • Supervision from a BCBA, BCBA-D, or Registered Psychologist.

Commitment from parents:

  • Participation in homework or parent training opportunities
  • Provide coaching in socialization opportunities during the week
  • Ongoing communication about challenges, concerns or progress
  • On time drop off and pick up
  • Weekly attendance and participation in parent meetings the last 15-minutes of each session, to share information and homework assignment
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