SocialSkillsGroup

Develop Social Motivation For Lasting Friendship.

Is your child desiring to make friends, but afraid to engage in social interactions because of repeated social failure and peer rejection?

Do you feel FRUSTRATED with your child’s marginal progress, or lack of progress altogether?

You’re not alone.

As a parent of a child with autism, you have been dealt a very difficult hand in life. You must play many roles for this child, beyond just parenting her. You must be her advocate, her caregiver, her teacher, and her therapist. All that adds up to more stress than a typical parent will ever experience in a lifetime.

You know that your child has many unique qualities, but the absence of social skills makes it hard for her to integrate with others. This frustration is often amplified when your child tries and fails to establish social relationships.

So, what do most parents share with me about their hopes for their children?

I can sum it up in a few sentences…

I want my child to be included in birthday parties.

I would like my child to have a job, a family, and participate fully in life.

Some parents aim for “recovery” as the best outcome in autism because such a diagnosis shouldn’t a death sentence that it is believed it to be.

Autism Recovery Is Possible! Several scientific research studies have investigated it. Google it to see for yourself.

But recovery is a big word… even the clinical manual we call DSM-5 had to change its own view from “residual symptoms” to “lifelong disability.” However, one can argue that if you must dig in to find out what’s wrong with the child, and if you can’t observe any actions that are having an impact on functioning, then recovery is possible.

Most children who are labeled as recovered retain trace elements of their autism, such as shyness, anxiety, or focused interests in a specific area. But the fact is, such variations are common in the general population – and, more importantly, many people can and do find happiness, independence, and fulfillment in life even if they are shy, anxious, or mildly quirky.

Still other children may not fully recover, but they demonstrate incredible and impressive progress nonetheless.

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socialmotivation

Weekly Intensive Social Skills Training

Group Eligibility: High-Functioning Autism, ages 3 to 14.

Description: This is an intensive social interaction skills program. The child must be verbal and high functioning to enroll.

Attendance: Tuesday| Thursday| Saturday

Note: If your child’s overall functioning skills are below average, please inquire about the individual ABA therapy program.

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Frienship

You Can’t Script Your Way…Social performance Is Dynamic.

Let me explain an important fact about autism…

Autism is a neurological disorder that can be diagnosed at Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3. These levels reflect an individual’s ability to communicate, adapt to new situations, expand beyond restricted interests, and manage daily life.

People at Level 1 need relatively little support, while people at Level 3 need a great deal of support.

A child who requires fewer services every year to function at home, school, and in the community is a sign of a good outcome down the road.

Measurable progress means that your child blends in with peers, can function in the community, and can develop meaningful relationships.

Prescribing a general treatment program based on a diagnosis will only lead to a general outcome.

Your main goal is to reduce your child’s autism symptoms to allow her to function along a side of typical peers.

You see, there are several issues with current interventions:

  • They focus on replacement behaviors and lack the teaching skills that lead to independence.
  • They expect the child to perform the behavior without teaching what, where, why, and with whom the behaviors should be performed.

For example, a child who has mastered the skills of asking questions will ask for things to fulfill her needs, but may not make comments to share or seek opinions. This child may have all the necessary social skills, but can’t perform them because social motivation is lacking.

You want to find that person who truly cares and is willing to provide you with the developmental blueprint to reduce the severity of your child’s autistic symptoms, preparing for full inclusion in life — not just school.

As one of our past presidents eloquently put it, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

Well, I do care, and I want to help children and their families achieve the best possible outcome to overcome the social impairment of autism.

I am well-educated in scientifically validated child development and behavioral approaches. I have authored curriculum solutions in autism, social skills, cognitive education, and ADHD.

And more importantly, most of the children who have completed my prescribed treatment no longer require or qualify for any special education services, no longer need any formal intervention and ultimately receive all their educational experiences in a mainstream setting.

Your child has received a myriad of services… and you know that she can achieve more.

If your child rarely initiates social interactions with peers,

or,

If your child frequently and abruptly initiates and responds to peers’ inappropriately,

Then my social interaction skills program is worth considering.

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