Therapeutic Social Skills Groups

Therapeutic Social Skills Groups are designed for children ages 4 to 15 who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their parents. The focus of therapeutic social skills (TSS) groups is to help children with their social/emotional growth and development with the goal of teaching children essential social skills and providing a supportive atmosphere in which they can practice these skills.

In collaboration with the Seaver Center and the New York Autism Center of Excellence at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, TSS follows an established curriculum utilizing the most current research in the field. Each group consists of a maximum of 7 children and 3-4 staff members with children grouped by their cognitive and language ability, social interest and age. Each group has a concurrent parent support group to discuss the material the children are learning and how to apply it in the home as well as to provide support and information.

Topics include:

  • Emotional regulation: recognizing emotions in yourself and others
  • Conversation skills: initiating, staying on topic, taking turns, ending a conversation
  • Listening skills
  • Understanding non-verbal communication: eye contact, facial expressions, body language, personal space, tone of voice
  • Play and friendship skills including initiating play and having play dates
  • Empathy skills

Contact Pat Grossman, LCSW, director, outpatient services for persons with developmental disabilities
914-949-7699 x455; [email protected]

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