Social Smarts Groups, which meet every Thursday evening, will be staring up again shortly. The next six-week session is scheduled to start February 15th. We will be hosting an Open House for new families on February 8th from 6-7pm. We are looking for children who have autism spectrum disorder or a related diagnosis. If you are interested in enrolling your child in one of our groups, or would like more information, please contact the Pier Center for Autism.
Our Social Smarts Groups focus on improved social skills in a small group setting with similarly aged peers (typically 4-5 peers). We have 3 groups ages 5-8, 9-12, and 13 and older. For these groups, children should already have intermediate-to-strong verbal and academic skills. This will allow us to focus on social conversation and reciprocal language skills during the 50 minute sessions. Sessions will be led by one of our experienced speech language pathologists. Targets of our groups may vary based on the need of the individuals in the group, but may include:
- Asking for help
- Listening to a speaker
- Learning how to be a friend
- Understanding and interpreting body language
- Maintaining personal space