Social Skill Groups

Our passion lies in teaching the "soft skills" needed to be more successful in a wide range of social settings! We utilize only evidence-based practices and serve learners ages 9-17 (other ages available during other enrollment periods).

 

Our current offering is the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS), a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for high-functioning, motivated tweens and teens who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each group session, tweens and teens are taught (skill building) important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice those skills throughout the week. 

PEERS is not only for individuals diagnosed with ASD. PEERS has been found to be effective for people with a variety of diagnoses, including but not limited to social communication disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, social phobias, bipolar disorder and other related developmental disorders.

 

We are a very naturalistic setting and make it our mission to capitalize on as many natural teaching opportunities as we can as well as contrive situations in which new skills can be prompted, utilized and reinforced.  

Topic of Instruction Include:

  • How to use appropriate conversational skills

  • How to find common interests by trading information

  • How to appropriately use humor

  • How to enter and exit conversations between peers

  • How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying

  • How to handle rumors and gossip

  • How to be a good host during get-togethers

  • How to make phone calls to friends

  • How to choose appropriate friends

  • How to be a good sport

  • How to handle arguments and disagreements

  • How to change a bad reputation

* Groups require attendance for both groups/week.

* More group options post the 16 weeks program for those who want to continue. 

Enrollment Process

To enroll:

  • Register for a group by completing the enrollment form below. Spaces are limited.

  • Ask about insurance funding or fill out an insurance verification form under our tab, "Getting Started". Insurance coverage is available to those with an active diagnosis and referral for ABA. We accept Medicaid, Regence, Premera, and more. We can also determine OON benefits and give you a OON claims to submit to your insurance for reimbursement. 

  • We do accept private pay! Diagnosis/Referral is not required for non-insurance covered clientele. Sessions are $45, or to pay in full there is a 15% discount. HCA's are also accepted. 

  • Contact us if you have any questions!

 

Before you begin: 

  • We meet with you for 45 minutes to plan our social skills targets for your child BEFORE Social Skills start dates.

During group involvement:

  • A weekly parent workshop is included (but optional) in your child's enrollment as well as periodic progress meetings. You can sign up for ongoing/additional parent/caregiver workshops during sessions to  learn more about social and play skills and the strategies we use. 

  • Progress notes are shared with you regularly on your child's progress

Tween Group

Our two group offerings for PEERS for 9-12 year olds are available: 

Monday 4:00 - 5:30PM

Wednesday 4:00- 5:30PM

Teen Group

Our two group offerings for ages 13-17 are available: 

 

Tuesday 4:00- 5:30PM

Thursday 4:00 - 5:30PM

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