Brantford Autism Social Skills Groups

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Contact Jessica Gallino, Intake Coordinator
Phone: (905) 689-4727 ext. 115
Email: brantfordautismservices@woodview.ca

What are Social Skills Groups?

Social skills groups are offered in-person. Social skills groups feature 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.

Learn more about the Brantford Autism Services we offer.

Summer 2022

Good Sports (Ages 8-10)

This 4-week group will focus on introducing group games and sports as well as practicing sportsmanship skills. Using evidence-based ABA strategies, participants will learn co-operation with peers on a team, winning/losing appropriately, and flexibility in play. There will be lots of time to play together throughout group!

Location: 25 Bell Lane, Brantford (Brantwood Community Services)
Date: Wednesday and Thursday’s from July 6, 2022 – July 28, 2022
Time: 8:30am – 10:00am
Ratio: 3 participants to 1 staff (minimum 3 children for the group to run)
Cost: $800

Sports Fans (Ages 11-14)

This 4-week group will focus on supporting participant’s who are interested in playing sports/games with their peers. Using evidence-based ABA strategies, participants will learn about rules for basic sports and games, how to join peers in a game, and practice winning/losing appropriately. Each group will include time to play together!

Location: 25 Bell Lane, Brantford (Brantwood Community Services)
Date: Wednesday and Thursday’s from July 6, 2022 – July 28, 2022
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Ratio: 3 participants to 1 staff (minimum 3 children for the group to run)
Cost: $800

“Blast Off to School” (Grades 1-3)

This 5-week school skill group will focus on practicing basic school and social skills needed in primary grades (entering grades 1 to 3 in the 2022/2023 school year). Participants will practice following school routines (i.e., lining up, circle time, calendar), basic academics (letters, numbers, and shapes) and group games. There will be lots of opportunities to play together throughout group.

Location: 25 Bell Lane, Brantford (Brantwood Community Services)
Date: Wednesday and Friday from August 3, 2022 to September 2, 2022
Time: 8:30 – 10:00am
Ratio: 3 participants to 1 staff (minimum 3 children for the group to run)
Cost: $1,040

“Blast Off to School”  (Grades 4-6)

This 5-week school skill group will focus on practicing basic school and social skills needed in junior grades (entering grades 4 to 6 in the 2022/2023 school year). Participants will practice following school routines (i.e., following instructions, independent work, classroom expectations), basic academics (writing, reading sight words) and social skills (basic conversation and friendship rules). There will be lots of opportunities to play together throughout group.

Location: 25 Bell Lane, Brantford (Brantwood Community Services)
Date: Wednesday and Friday from August 3, 2022 to September 2, 2022
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Ratio: 4 participants to 1 staff (minimum 3 children for the group to run)
Cost: $1,040

Fall 2022

“Social Chameleons”– Ages 7-9

This 8-week social skills group will build on emerging social communication and play skills. Using evidence-based ABA strategies, participants will learn about basic conversation skills, co-operating with peers and flexibility in play. There will be time for kids to hang out and play together each group.

Location: 25 Bell Lane, Brantford (Brantwood Community Services)
Date: Wednesdays from September 7 to October 26, 2022
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Ratio: 4 participants to 1 staff (minimum 3 children for the group to run)
Cost: $800

“Social Squad” – Ages 9-12

This 8-week social skills group will focus on supporting participants to reach their goal of making and maintaining friendships. Using evidence-based ABA strategies and the Children’s Friendship curriculum, participants will learn about flexibility, maintaining conversations (in real life and online), and dealing with teasing / bullying. There will be opportunities for socializing during and outside of group.

Location: 25 Bell Lane, Brantford (Brantwood Community Services)
Date: Wednesdays from September 7 to October 26, 2022
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Ratio: 5 participants to 1 staff (minimum 3 children for the group to run)
Cost: $800

“Builders & Makers Club” – Ages 12-14

This 8-week social skills group will focus on working with others to build and make cool creations. Using evidence-based ABA strategies participants will learn about flexibility and co-operating with peers. There will be opportunities for socializing during group.

Location: 25 Bell Lane, Brantford (Brantwood Community Services)
Date: Thursdays from September 8 – October 27, 2022
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Ratio: 5 participants to 1 staff (minimum 3 children for the group to run)
Cost: $800

“Building Blocks”– Ages 2-4*with parent or caregiver

This 8-week family skill development group will focus on the basics of behaviour, including promoting early communication and play skills. Children along with their caregivers will have opportunities to practice skills in the group and make connections with other participants. Please note, a caregiver must attend each session with their child.

Location: 25 Bell Lane, Brantford (Brantwood Community Services)
Date: Saturdays from September 10 to October 29, 2022
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 am
Ratio: 4 participants to 1 staff (minimum 3 children for the group to run)
Cost: $800

“Play N Learn” – Ages 4-6

This 8-week social skills group will focus on foundational social communication and play skills. Using evidence-based ABA strategies, participants will learn about greetings, parallel/interactive play and turn taking. There will be time for natural play opportunities.

Location: 25 Bell Lane, Brantford (Brantwood Community Services)
Date: Saturdays from September 10 – October 29, 2022
Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Ratio: 3 participants to 1 staff (minimum 3 children for the group to run)
Cost: $800