Elementary Social Skills Group

Social skills are complex and friendships can be difficult to navigate for children with autism. The Elementary Social Skills Group is for children with autism, ages 5-12, who benefit from additional support to build the skills needed to participate in groups and navigate relationships with peers. Weekly themes, structured lessons, and supported peer play are intended to teach age appropriate play, social problem solving, awareness of social cues, and development of shared interests. Teaching occurs in a small group setting and involves the use of modeling, role play, and supported social and play opportunities.

Sample of skills taught:

  • Initiating and maintaining conversation
  • Finding a topic of shared interest and staying on topic
  • Reading a communication partner’s social cues when engaged in conversation
  • Personal space
  • Perspective taking
  • Initiating, joining, and maintaining pretend play
  • Sharing
  • Game play