Social Skills Group

Our groups provide direct instruction through a variety of teaching techniques that include modeling, role-play activities, videos and games. Each child joins a small (2-5 children) group according to functioning level, age, objectives/parent priorities, topic interests and activity level. Each group is lead by a trained ABA instructor and supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Each group will meet weekly.

Teen Healthy Relationships Social Group: Cost $275

Everyone has different relationships in their lives – friends, coworkers, bosses, family, and romantic, and it can be difficult to navigate these different types of relationships. This 6-week Healthy Relationships Social Group is designed to help you recognize, establish, and maintain healthy relationships in your life and is designed for teens 14-18 years (however we are open to other ages if this group would be a good fit). We will be using the curriculum “Healthy Relationships” developed by Diana Loiewski, M.Ed. The group will meet online via live-interactive Zoom meetings. These meetings will be led by Liza Ross, BCBA and she will incorporate lessons, activities, and role play to help our adults get the most out of this group.

This is a 7-week online group that meets Saturdays from 3-5pm EST from September 11th to October 23rd

PEERS® Teen Social Skills Group: Cost Short $275; Long Group $625

We have a short 7-week and long 14-week course that utilizes the entire PEERS® curriculum to teach and practice a variety of skills. The participants meet online via live-interactive Zoom meetings. Each meeting the consultant leading the group will introduce a topic and teach the targeted skill for that week. The PEERS curriculum breaks down various skills that will be taught each week, and they build over time to work on more advanced skills. The consultant will assign each participant a partner and push them into “breakout rooms” to practice the skill. These “breakout rooms” are mini-private rooms, so there will only be the two participants in the online breakout room. They will be able to practice the targeted skill with each other (and with parental support). The consultant will be able to join each room to observe and give feedback to the participants. After they practice the skill, the consultant will close the breakout rooms and everyone will rejoin the main meeting room. They will end the session with a group social activity. Then there will be a parent training meeting following the social group to help parents better support their teens.

The 7-week course meets Tuesdays from 5-7pm from September 7th to October 19th and the 14-week long course extends to December 7th

Conversation Pre-Teen Social Group: Cost $275

This is a 7-week course that teaches the basics of conversational skills. The participants will met online via live-interactive Zoom meetings. Each meeting the consultant leading the group will introduce a topic and teach the targeted skill for that week. The curriculum is designed to teach topics such as : Joining and exiting conversation, maintaining conversation, reading social cues, making phone calls, and handling disagreements. After the skills is taught, the consultant will assign each participant a partner and push them into “breakout rooms” to practice the skill. These “breakout rooms” are mini-private rooms, so there will only be the two participants in the online breakout room. They will be able to practice the targeted skill with each other (and with parental support). The consultant will be able to join each room to observe and give feedback to the participants. After they practice the skill, the consultant will close the breakout rooms and everyone will rejoin the main meeting room. They will end the session with a group social activity. Then there will be a parent training meeting following the social group to help parents better support their teens.

This is a 7-week course that meeting Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30pm from September 14th to October 26th
 

Social Skills

Social Skills Groups:

Our groups provide direct instruction through a variety of teaching techniques that include modeling, role-play activities, videos and games. Each child joins a small (2-5 children) group according to functioning level, age, objectives/parent priorities, topic interests and activity level. Each group is lead by a trained ABA instructor and supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Each group will meet weekly.

Structured Play Dates:

We pair your child with a compatible friend of similar age and skill level. After an initial assessment to identify social areas of need, our behavior technicians will utilize ABA methodology and best practice to teach your child, all while interacting with a peer and having fun!

Through the use of board games, arts and crafts, and role play, boys and girls will practice better conversational skills, sharing, turn taking and eye contact. They will also learn to show an interest in others, the nuances of verbal and nonverbal communication, develop cooperative play skills and how to develop and maintain friendships.

From the initial assessment, our team of specialists will develop measurable goals for each individual child. Data collected on your child’s goals will be reported quarterly in a detailed progress report.

Teen Social Group (TSG):

We are also proud to offer a weekly Teenage Social Groups (TSG) in some of our locations. The TSG tackles challenging social issues for adolescent boys. We will address issues such as: developing and maintaining friendships, teamwork, communication with peers , strategies for handling complex emotions, tackling the challenges of nonverbal communication, bullying , rules for success with social media, dating and more! The teaching will be based on scientifically validated research and strategies for navigating the social world. From small group instruction to structured social outings, your teen will learn appropriate ways to build lasting relationships with friends!

Speech and Language groups:

At Continuum, we offer speech and language groups for children from pre-school to high school children with social pragmatic language needs impacting them in home, peer, and academic environments. In addition to traditional therapeutic approaches, we individually tailor programs such as Zones of Regulation and Social Thinking to explicitly teach social language and how to apply it.

Though social language will be the primary focus of this group, treatment will be individualized based on each child’s unique linguistic profile. As language needs often underlie a child’s ability to navigate social skills, our speech and language groups also address the following skills areas: word retrieval, processing and comprehension of oral and written language, direction following, organizing language output, expressive formulation, peer play skills, language skills related to executive functioning, and verbal problem solving skills.