Social groups focus on a variety of skills such as eye contact and joint attention, parallel play and turn taking skills, requesting from friends, answering and asking questions, reading body language, listening skills and following group directions, proximity, complimenting/receiving compliments, being a good sport, initiating and exiting a conversation, joining a group, and self regulation and coping skills within a group setting. Our Social Skills Curriculum as well as role-playing, games, crafts, cards, interactional play, and Internet activities are used to enhance the acquisition and performance of social skills.
Food Therapy Groups
Our Food Therapy Group (FTG) is based in the SOS approach. Many children with autism spectrum disorders present with feeding challenges. The goal of the SOS approach is to increase the child’s comfort level with particular foods by exploring and learning about the taste, texture, smell, and consistency of food while in a small social group. It allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way, beginning with the ability to tolerate the food in the room and in front of him/her; then moving on to touching, kissing, and eventually tasting and eating foods.