A core feature of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is difficulties with social interaction and relatedness. This group provides children with autism spectrum disorder an opportunity to learn much-needed social skills and helps parents learn more about their child’s social difficulties. Further, this group helps parents to generalize their child’s new skills to all kinds of settings—an area in which we know children with autism spectrum disorder struggle.
Who can participate?
Your child may be eligible if he or she:
- Has a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.
- Is between the ages of 6 and 11.
- Has average to above average verbal abilities.
- Is not receiving therapy for severe behavioral concerns (e.g., elopement, self-aggression).
- Can come to Marcus Autism Center for the nine-week session.
A parent or guardian must also be present for the group. Up to two caregivers (18 years or older) are able to attend the parent group.
What will I be asked to do?
As a parent, you will participate in nine weekly sessions. These sessions will occur at the same time as your child’s social skills group.
What are the benefits of participating?
Not only will this group provide your child with an opportunity to learn social skills, you will also learn about your child’s social skills curriculum and strategies to help maintain the skills your child is learning. You’ll receive a take-home manual that provides additional details about each weekly lesson and activities you can do at home.
Who is leading the group?
Julie Cash, PsyD, Child Group Co-leader
Jennifer Hamel, MA, LAPC, Child Group Co-leader
Bianca Brooks, PhD, Parent Group Leader
How do I sign up?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-785-9437 and tell them you are interested in the Social Skills Group. You'll receive more details including cost, and dates and times of when the group will meet.