Autism Social Skills Groups

Please note that groups have been suspended due to COVID-19 until further notice. 

What are Social Skills Groups?

Social skills groups are 10-week social skills groups with a variety of themes such as learning to engage in functional play with peers including turn taking, requesting, sharing, engaging in group routines, and more.

Social skills groups will help to further develop your child’s communication skills and daily living skills by learning and practicing through fun and exciting activities each week.

The ratio for each social skills group changes based on the child’s needs and skills, up to a ratio of 2 staff to 8 children.

Parents and caregivers will be required to attend one mandatory parent session with a Clinical Supervisor at the end of the group block.  Parents will have the opportunity to watch videos to observe the progress and gains of their child in the group, for information sharing from Woodview Staff, and to discuss next steps for future social and communication goals.

What is the focus of Social Skills Groups?

The focus of social skills groups is to help and support children to reach their potential in social and communication skills and to improve their daily living skills.

Social skills groups are offered in small group sizes and use Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) principles and evidence-based strategies, plus video modelling, role play, and homework to teach these various skills.

WHERE

Where are Social Skills Groups offered?

Woodview’s Head Office:
69 Flatt Road, Burlington ON L7P 0T3

or

Woodview North (Harrison Public School):
59 Rexway Drive, Georgetown ON L7G 1P9

Please see the individual group description below for details on where each group is located.



            
        

WHEN

When do Social Skills Groups take place?

Groups run in 10-week blocks and vary in length depending on the type of group (between 1.5 to 2 hours per session) and take place:

October to December;
January to March;
April to June; and 
July to September

Groups are typically offered evenings and on Saturdays to accommodate school schedules. 



            
        

WHAT

What is the cost of Social Skills Groups?

The cost of each group varies and is based on participant ratios. Please see the group descriptions below for cost.

HOW

How do I register my child for a Social Skills Group?

To learn more about Social Skills Groups and and to register your child, please contact Jessica Gallino, Intake Worker, at:
Phone: (905)689-4727 ext. 115
Email: haltonautismservices@woodview.ca

pancakes on stove

Thursdays

10 week program, 2 hours per week

Dates:  April 9 to June 11, 2020* 

Time:  5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location:  69 Flatt Road, Burlington

Cost: $800

The Jr. Kids Cooking Club will focus on further developing functional daily living skills. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice these skills through a fun and exciting weekly cooking group. Using an evidence-based model, participants will have the opportunity to learn how to select and read a recipe, write a grocery list and kitchen skills such as measuring, setting the oven/microwave and meal prep.

Ratio: 1 therapist to 3 children (6 children maximum)

Special Instructions:  n/a

Group Objectives Include:  Selecting a recipe, writing a grocery list, reading a recipe, measuring, setting the oven/microwave, meal prep – measuring, cutting, loading/unloading the dishwasher, and setting the table.  Please select two priority goals that will be reported in the Behaviour Plan.

Prerequisite Skills: Has a functional communication system (i.e., vocals, PECS, Proloquo2go, etc.), engages in social activities with peers with minimal prompts, and can participate in a small group setting.

Mandatory Parent Session:  There is one mandatory parent session on Thursday June 4, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. with a Clinical Supervisor. Parents will have the opportunity to watch videos to observe progress and gains of their child in the group, for information sharing from Woodview Staff, and to discuss next steps for future social and communication goals.

*Please note that June 18 & 25 will be reserved in the event that make up dates are required due to inclement weather.

To register: Please contact Lauren Moulton (M.P.Ed.), Interim Program Manager, at 905-689-4727 ext. 117 or lmoulton@woodview.ca

making home made pizza

Thursdays

10 week program, 2 hours per week

Dates:  April 9 to June 11, 2020* 

Time:  5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location:  69 Flatt Road, Burlington

Cost: $800

The Teen Cooking Club will focus on further developing functional daily living skills. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice these skills through a fun and exciting weekly cooking group. Using an evidence-based model, participants will have the opportunity to learn how to select and read a recipe, write a grocery list and kitchen skills such as measuring, setting the oven/microwave and meal prep.

Ratio: 1 therapist to 3 teens (6 teens maximum)

Special Instructions:  n/a

Group Objectives Include:  Selecting a recipe, writing a grocery list, reading a recipe, measuring, setting the oven/microwave, meal prep – measuring, cutting, loading/unloading the dishwasher, and setting the table.  Please select two priority goals that will be reported in the Behaviour Plan.

Prerequisite Skills: Has a functional communication system (i.e., vocals, PECS, Proloquo2go, etc.), engages in social activities with peers with minimal prompts, and can participate in a small group setting.

Mandatory Parent Session: There is one mandatory parent session on Thursday June 11, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. with a Clinical Supervisor. Parents will have the opportunity to watch videos to observe progress and gains of their child in the group, for information sharing from Woodview Staff, and to discuss next steps for future social and communication goals.

*Please note that June 18 & 25 will be reserved in the event make up dates are required due to inclement weather

To register: Please contact Lauren Moulton (M.P.Ed.), Interim Program Manager, at 905-689-4727 ext. 117 or lmoulton@woodview.ca

counsellor and children playing boardgame

Saturdays

10 week program, 1.5 hours per week

Dates:  April 11 to June 13, 2020* 

Time:  10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location:  69 Flatt Road, Burlington

Cost:  $600

The Jr. Sports & Games will primarily focus on further developing functional play and communication skills with peers. These skills will be taught using an evidence-based model and through activities such as board games, indoor and outdoor sports.

Ratio: 1 therapist to 3 children (Maximum of 6 children)

Special Instructions: A nut free snack is required

Group Objectives include:  Teaching skills and rules related to soccer, baseball, basketball, floor hockey and board/cooperative games, sportsmanship (i.e., saying positive phrases to a peer during a game).  Please select two priority goals that will be reported in the Behaviour Plan.

Prerequisite Skills: Has a functional communication system (i.e., vocals, PECS, Proloquo2go, etc.), engages in social activities with peers with minimal prompts, and can participate in a small group setting.

Mandatory Parent Session: There is one mandatory parent session on Saturday June 6, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with a Clinical Supervisor. Parents will have the opportunity to watch videos to observe progress and gains of their child in the group, for information sharing from Woodview Staff, and to discuss next steps for future social and communication goals.

*Please note that June 20 & 27 will be reserved in the event make up dates are required due to inclement weather.

To register: Please contact Lauren Moulton (M.P.Ed.), Interim Program Manager, at 905-689-4727 ext. 117 or lmoulton@woodview.ca

boy on skateboard smiling into camera

Saturdays

10 week program, 1.5 hours per week

Dates:  April 11 to June 13, 2020*  

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: 69 Flatt Road, Burlington

Cost: $600

The Sports & Games will primarily focus on further developing functional play and communication skills with peers. These skills will be taught using an evidence-based model and through activities such as board games, indoor and outdoor sports.

Ratio: 1 therapist to 4 children (Maximum of 8 children)

Special Instructions:  A nut free snack is required

Group Objectives include:  Teaching skills and rules related to soccer, baseball, basketball, floor hockey and board/cooperative games, sportsmanship (i.e., saying positive phrases to a peer during a game).  Please select two priority goals that will be reported in the Behaviour Plan.

Prerequisite Skills: Has a functional communication system (i.e., vocals, PECS, Proloquo2go, etc.), engages in social activities with peers with minimal prompts, and can participate in a small group setting.

Mandatory Parent Session: There is one mandatory parent session on Saturday June 6, 2020 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. with a Clinical Supervisor. Parents will have the opportunity to watch videos to observe progress and gains of their child in the group, for information sharing from Woodview Staff, and to discuss next steps for future social and communication goals.

*Please note that June 20 & 27 will be reserved in the event make up dates are required due to inclement weather.

To register: Please contact Lauren Moulton (M.P.Ed.), Interim Program Manager, at 905-689-4727 ext. 117 or lmoulton@woodview.ca