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Making Friends: Social Skills Group Program for 5 – 8 years olds

The thing about being autistic is that you gradually get less and less autistic, because you keep learning, you keep learning how to behave. It’s like being in a play; I’m always in a play.

Temple Grandin, American Ph.D. of animal science, a professor at Colorado State University, a best-selling author, an autistic activist, and a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior

Our fortnightly Social Skills Group Program is a play-based program to teach social skills in a fun and supportive environment. It is led by our fully qualified and experienced Program Facilitators; Speech Therapist, Angela de Silva and Occupational Therapist, Nick Janicaud.

Our non-manualised and tailor-made program is suitable for children with confidence, social-communication or play difficulties, including children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactoivity Disorder (ADHD) and Anxiety Disorder.

Program is designed for children with difficulties in the following areas:

  • eye contact
  • social confidence
  • awareness of space eg. personal space
  • emotional and behavioural regulation
  • social communication
  • speech and language
  • sharing,
  • waiting
  • taking turns
  • listening to others
  • following directions and instructions
  • identifying and managing emotions in self and others
  • initiating play
  • responding to peers
  • conflict resolution and problem solving

Children are grouped according to their needs, ability levels, interests and temperament. We believe that all children are able learn from their peers and also have something to offer to others. This is taken into consideration when grouping participants as well. Also, participants are assigned to the most appropriate Facilitator based on their current needs and goals.

Our Social Skills Group Program aim to help your child build strong and safe relationships with their peers and the adults around them. Each group is deliberately kept small to maximize the learning opportunities and to create a supportive environment.

Our Social Skills Programs run Tuesday fortnight during the school term, from 4.30 to 5.30pm.

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