Groups

Our Curriculum: Our social skills curriculum is a program called Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner. This program encourages participants to be social detectives. Many of our clients require training beyond basic fact-based instruction. To have “good” social skills you must be able to “share space effectively” (Winner, 2005). This includes not only making friends but also standing in an elevator or ordering lunch. Competent social thinkers can enter an area, define who their audience is and change their behavior accordingly.

Group Assignment: Our groups are divided somewhat by age but mostly by functioning. Some participants may be ready to understand perspective taking and theory of mind, and others may require more fundamental training. Our director can help find the best match for all. Feel free to share your input and concerns at any time for the best fit.

Group Size: Small group size is important to us. When your are acting as a social thinker, you need to be aware, to some degree, of everyone one in a room. That’s why most of us don’t shout “I’m hungry” in a cafeteria! When our groups meet, we encourage participants to think about everyone in the room, which can be overwhelming in a large group. We try to keep our younger groups around four or less participants and larger groups up to eight. Groups of eight can be divided into two when needed.

Categories:
  • Hybrid Group

    Hybrid Group

    Currently meeting on Fridays and Saturdays, these small groups bring a big impact.  As children reach the higher levels of…

    Read more

  • Peanuts

    Peanuts

    The Peanuts group is where becoming a social detective really takes off!  This group gets our young kiddos really starting…

    Read more

  • Pals

    Pals

    As children reach school age and beyond, the demands of being a social thinker become harder. Children need to regulate…

    Read more

  • Ultimate Gamers

    Ultimate Gamers

    Being a preteen or teenage boy is all about fun and games.  Some gamers like Minecraft or COD while others…

    Read more

  • Power Girls

    Power Girls

    As the demands of growing older take a toll on our young ladies, it's time to kick up the TLC…

    Read more

  • Transition to Adulthood

    Transition to Adulthood

    Preparing for adult life is a scary task.  The “hidden curriculum” of social interaction becomes more vague and difficult to…

    Read more

  • Young Adult

    Young Adult

    Why should social skills end at age 18 or 21?  Social skills are still required to be an independent member…

    Read more

  • Sibling Group

    Sibling Group

    Having a sibling with special needs can be the most challenging and rewarding experience.  It takes great courage and responsibility…

    Read more