Social Skills Groups
and Individual Therapy
at The Children's Annex

The Children’s Annex offers social skills groups and individual therapy for children and young adults with High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

The goal of the groups for the younger children is to enhance their communication and social skills in a typical play setting. Through skilled guidance, the children will learn to introduce themselves to each other, join in games, ask appropriate questions of their peers and problem solve when conflict arises. Participants will learn the specific tools necessary to make friends and play cooperatively.

The social skills groups with young adults will focus on learning and refining the skills necessary to develop and maintain relationships. Group members will work on these skills with peers in the group as well as on transferring these skills outside of the groups. The group will also address initiating friendships and increasing connectedness with others, and building self advocacy skills. Participants will engage in activities to develop empathy and perspective taking.

Individual therapy is also offered to those who would benefit from working with a therapist in a 1:1 setting. Issues addressed in this therapy depend on the needs of the client. Therapy might focus on learning the pre-requisite social skills necessary to participate in a group of peers. Therapy might also focus on coping with the challenges of having an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Participants will be thoughtfully screened and placed in an individual or group setting where they will be likely to make the most progress. Led by experienced clinical social workers and /or speech and language pathologists, the groups are both fun and instructional.

Those who are interested in learning more about this program are invited to call 336-2616, extension 147.

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