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Social Skills Group

 

Social Skills Group in ABA: Building Strong Connections

Our Social Skills Group program at Glowing Growth Autism Services is a dynamic and engaging opportunity for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to develop essential social and communication skills in a supportive and structured environment.

Key Features of Our Social Skills Group in ABA:

  1. Expert Guidance: Led by experienced and certified ABA therapists, our Social Skills Group offers expert guidance and evidence-based strategies to help individuals with ASD thrive in social interactions.

  2. Small Group Setting: We maintain a small group size to ensure individualized attention and personalized support, fostering a safe and comfortable space for learning.

  3. Structured Curriculum: Our program utilizes a carefully designed curriculum that addresses a wide range of social skills, including communication, sharing, turn-taking, making friends, and problem-solving.

  4. Role Play and Practice: Participants engage in role-play activities and real-life scenarios to practice and reinforce newly acquired social skills, helping them gain confidence in social situations.

  5. Positive Reinforcement: We employ positive reinforcement techniques to motivate and reward participants for using appropriate social behaviors, encouraging ongoing progress.

  6. Peer Interaction: Our Social Skills Group provides a valuable opportunity for individuals with ASD to interact with peers who may share similar challenges, fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie.

  7. Goal-Oriented: Each participant's progress is tracked and monitored, with individualized goals established to ensure measurable growth in social skills and communication.

  8. Parent/Caregiver Involvement: We actively involve parents and caregivers in the process, providing tools and strategies to support the development of social skills at home and in the community.

  9. Real-World Application: Our goal is to equip participants with practical skills that can be applied in various social settings, including school, home, and community activities.

  10. Fun and Inclusive: We prioritize creating a fun and inclusive atmosphere where learning feels like play. Activities are designed to be enjoyable while still targeting specific social skills.
     

At Glowing Growth, we believe that every individual with ASD has the potential to build meaningful connections and thrive socially. Our Social Skills Group in ABA is designed to equip participants with the skills, confidence, and strategies they need to succeed in social interactions, fostering friendships and enhancing their overall quality of life. Join us on this journey of social growth and empowerment.

Currently, we have the following groups available to meet the needs of different learners: 

1. Boyz Club 

Age: 12-17 
Date and Time: Thursdays 4-6pm 

Teacher:Student Ratio: 1:4

The Boyz Club Program is tailored for male clients aged 10-17, with a primary focus on fostering their social skills and self-confidence. Our engaging sessions incorporate a variety of activities, including interactive games, perspective-taking exercises, mindfulness practices, and emotional regulation activities. Each session kicks off with initial pairings, allowing members to interact naturally while participating in their preferred activities, promoting genuine conversations. Our skilled instructors initiate mindfulness exercises to help everyone clear their minds and cultivate focus on the present moment.

Structured activities, such as story retelling, role play, and interactive fun deck cards, encourage members to engage in group discussions, share their thoughts, and actively listen to their peers. To further enhance their communication skills, weekly themes are introduced, giving each member the opportunity to elaborate on and present their ideas in front of the group, thus honing their public speaking skills. Our members embark on an 8-week journey, consistently working on various skills, enabling us to monitor their progress and support their development effectively.

2. Friendship Explorers

Age: 8-11
Date and Time: Fridays 4-6pm

Teacher:Student Ratio: 1:2

The Friendship Explorer Program is designed for students aged 7-12, focusing on enhancing their social skills and self-confidence through engaging activities. Our carefully crafted curriculum includes interactive games, perspective-taking exercises, mindfulness practices, and emotional regulation activities. We seamlessly weave in social topics, covering aspects like making friends, building relationships, and nurturing them over time within our weekly lessons. Our goal is to create a safe and encouraging learning environment where students can practice these skills. Our dedicated team of instructors plays a pivotal role in guiding each student, helping them bridge the gap between one-on-one sessions and applying their newfound skills in real-life situations. At Friendship Explorer, learning is not only effective but also enjoyable, ensuring that our students have fun while acquiring valuable social skills!

3. Social Navigators

Age: 5-7
Date and Time: Saturdays 10am to 1pm 

Teacher:Student Ratio: 1:2

Our Social Navigators program is specially designed for students in Junior Kindergarten (JK), Senior Kindergarten (SK), and Grades 1-2. This group aims to lay the foundation for essential social skills and the ability to follow classroom instructions effectively. Through engaging activities and age-appropriate exercises, we create a nurturing environment for young minds to thrive.In this program, we prioritize the development of fundamental social skills. Students engage in activities that promote effective communication, sharing, cooperation, and conflict resolution. These skills are essential for building positive relationships and fostering a sense of belonging within a classroom. We understand the importance of students being able to follow classroom instructions. Our program helps learners develop the ability to listen attentively, follow directions, and stay organized. These skills contribute to their academic success and create a positive learning experience. We recognize the unique needs of young learners. Our approach is tailored to their age group, ensuring that lessons are engaging, interactive, and enjoyable. We believe that learning is most effective when it's fun! The program is structured to provide a progression of skills over time. We monitor each student's development and offer support to help them grow at their own pace. Our goal is to equip young learners with the tools they need to succeed both socially and academically.

4. Social Stars 

Age: Vary
Date and Time: Saturdays 130pm-430pm 

Teacher:Student Ratio: 1:1 or 2:3

Our Social Stars program is specifically designed to cater to the unique needs of children who require higher levels of support. This program offers a specialized approach to basic group awareness training, recognizing the individuality of each child's learning journey.

Enhanced Support: We understand that some children may have specific needs that require additional support and attention. In our "Social Stars" program, we provide a lower student-to-instructor ratio, typically at 2:3. This ensures that each child receives the necessary guidance and assistance to thrive in a group setting.The program focuses on foundational skills related to group awareness. Children engage in activities that promote social interaction, cooperation, and awareness of their peers. These fundamental skills lay the groundwork for improved social engagement and inclusion. Our approach is highly individualized, taking into account the unique strengths and challenges of each child. We work closely with families to set achievable goals and provide targeted interventions to support progress.  At Glowing Growth Autism Services, we prioritize creating a positive and supportive environment where every child feels valued and included. We believe that with the right support and guidance, all children can reach their full potential.

Our Social Stars is dedicated to empowering children with higher support needs to develop essential social skills and enhance their group awareness. We are committed to helping them build a strong foundation for social engagement and overall well-being.

 

For more information about our Social Skills Group, please email us at info@glowinggrowth.ca

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