Who: Children and teens with ASD
When: Weekly for 1-2.5 hours
What: A social skills group, focused on bringing together children with ASD over common interests to build conversational skills, social confidence, and friendships
Why: Children and teens with ASD often struggle with social interaction skills; by using their shared interests as a bridge, we help to develop and increase these social skills
Autism Connections social skills groups provide a fun and engaging environment where children and teens with ASD can socialize with their peers, gain social and conversational skills, increase their social confidence, and build friendships. Our social skills groups follow three distinct themes: curriculum-based special-interest groups, and recreational/incidental.
Curriculum-based groups: These groups, primarily for our elementary age participants, present a weekly curriculum featuring a social skill lesson. These lessons are then practiced through a variety of fun and interactive activities. (Kids Club, Social Zone, On My Own)
Special-interest groups: These groups focus around a particular interest or activity and use that shared interest as the focal point for building social skills and interactions. This model tends to be particularly successful with our teens, who want to make friends and interact with those who share similar interests to themselves. ( Jr Gamers, Gamer’s Group)
Recreational/Incidental groups: These groups have a recreational theme and provide a forum for our participants to gather together in a social environment. Social interaction skills are addressed but through in-the moment (incidental) teaching opportunities as they naturally occur in interactions. Overall, these groups aim to give our participants a fun and comfortable environment where they can make connections with their peers. (Teen Night In/Out, Break Away Groups)
Due to the nature of the work we do, Judson Center upholds the privacy of the children, adults and families we serve. Therefore, photos and names may be changed to protect identity.