All new clients will start off with an hour long meeting with the therapists called a Social Abilities Assessment. This is our chance to connect, assess, and learn where the client will fall in the 3 C's group types: Cognition, Communication, and Connection. This assessment includes an online form to be completed by both the parents and the therapists after the assessment. This then serves as a baseline for your child. It also helps us decide the type of group they will fall into and allows us to set goals for their success in our program.
After the assessment, clients are placed in one of the 3 types of groups: Cognition, Communication, or Connection. Our groups were implemented using the CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning). The client scores place them into their groups with Cognition groups working on self awareness & self regulation, Communication groups improving social awareness & relationships, and Connection groups helping with executive functioning and
independent living skills.
-Clients are not grouped based on age or diagnosis.
-Clients in groups may have: ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety, Social Communication Disorder, Gifted, Asperger's Syndrome, etc.
-Clients are school-aged through adulthood.
-Clients usually have average to above average speech and language skills.
-Our groups follow the county school schedule with 2 semesters: Fall (August-December) & Spring (January- May).
-Groups meet for 1 hour a week in person at our office in Maitland, Florida.
-Each group has 2-4 students in it.
-Groups are off on the same weeks as the school system (Thanksgiving week, Winter Break, Spring Break)
Connect: Perform covid guidelines (Temperature Check, Masks, Hand Washing, etc.), check in on the Mood Meter, and go over the Group Plan for the day.
Group lesson: Strategies are taught using Social/Emotional Communication tools and curriculums.
Game or Activity: Collaborative games and executive functioning skills are put into action.
Reflection: Review what was learned in the session and discuss/reflect.
Parent Recaps: The therapists will work closely with all families of clients in Social Success Groups each semester. We meet with the parents in person a few times a semester to discuss ways to generalize the skills learned in group to the home setting.
Parent Phone Calls: There will also be opportunities for parents to schedule phone calls as needed throughout the semester, so we can answer any questions or concerns that may arise.
Parent Communication: Parents are able to write or email notes to therapists weekly to include: updates on medications, challenges going on, positive changes being seen, and much more. The therapists respond back to all notes from families weekly.