Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center
1160 McDermott Drive #214
West Chester, PA 19383
Learning and then consistently using appropriate social skills can be very difficult for individuals on the autism spectrum. We know that it can be stressful for parents to arrange social opportunities for their children and finding social skills groups can be equally difficult.
Social Skill Groups - Ages 4 - 12
Groups are designed to teach individual goals in a small group setting and generalize mastered skills with typically developing peers. Our social skills groups are organized so children are matched with 2-3 other children demonstrating similar skill levels. In a small setting the children learn and practice new skills. Programming for skills consists of direct teaching, contingent reinforcement procedures, plan for generalization, systematic prompt fading, and strategies with minimal adult-mediated prompts.
Social skill goals are taken from the child's current IEP as well as derived using a social skill curriculum survey (contact our office to have this survey mailed to you). The team will review the survey and IEP, determine initial goals, develop lesson plans to teach the skill, and collect data during each session to monitor progress and modify lessons if needed.
After the completion of the program, you will receive a data based report on your child's progress on all goals. This report can be used with your child's school program to help shape further goals.
Groups are run in eight-week segments and occur throughout the year. Classes last one hour and meet once per week. However, you can enroll your child in multiple classes to have twice weekly sessions. All social skills classes are run from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.
NOTE: A number of schools have paid for our social skills program. Check with your child's school today!
Contact SPARC today for an application packet at 610-430-5678 or download the application online today (go to forms on the home page). Please call the office for times, days, and dates of programs.