Social and Life Skills Groups
What are Social and Life Skills Groups?
These groups provide children and youth with the opportunity to learn a wide variety of age-appropriate skills, increase independence and build social networks in a fun, safe and accepting environment.
They focus on the development of social, communication, recreation and life skills.
Children and youth are grouped according to age: 7-9; 10-12; and 16 – 18 to facilitate age-appropriate interaction. These groups run three times per month from September to June with opportunities throughout the year for day trips, day camp and overnight camp experiences depending on the age of the participant. Many group activities take place in the community with a focus on age-appropriate social experiences and expectations.
Peer Facilitators in each group model positive, age appropriate behaviour, facilitate and encourage conversation and help build friendships.
Group participants must have a diagnosis of ASD, be willing to participate in a variety of activities and respond to direction. Participants need to be able to function within a group environment with a staffing ratio of 2:6-12 (dependent on the age of the group).
Family support is an important part of this program. Staff keeps parents informed about their child/youth’s progress and is available to help with problem solving and/or planning.
To Make a Referral
To make a referral or find out more information about the groups please call Contact Hamilton at 905-570-8888
For More Information
To contact the program directly, please call 905-527-9771