Waves​ Autism Center, LLC

Autism Support, Social Skill and Life Skill Groups, Summer Day Camps, Parent Support, and Community Outreach! 

We are currently offering registration for the upcoming school year 2019-2020! There is a $75 annual registration fee that will be due during this time to hold your child or young adult's seat that is non-refundable. You can make an online payment below. (Look for the drop down paypal menu.) All new families will be required to schedule an intake session. Send Shelley an email to [email protected] to request a registration or intake form today.

478-733-2597

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Social Skill Groups

Waves Autism Center, LLC

Social and Life Skill Groups

 for Those with Autism  


Welcome! 

I am so happy to be able to offer social and life skill groups for those with autism in the Middle Georgia area for elementary age to young adult 18+. It would be my privilege to walk alongside of you and your family as you navigate the special needs of your children and young adults. Waves Autism Center was born out of a desire to offer an additional resource to provide opportunities to cultivate connections and social interactions with peers their own age. They do not replace a therapy session, but are intended to create opportunities for social interactions and build friendships that may last a lifetime. 

Social Skill Groups​

Groups consist of a maximum of 8 members. There will be separate groups for boys and girls in elementary, middle, high school, and young adult 18+ that ​will meet for an hour and 15 minutes each week, during the school year. The first part of the hour will be an unstructured time to meet and greet. This will be followed by a short time of review from the previous session. There will be at least 30 minutes to discuss the main topic, complete an activity, and participate in a role play for a desired outcome, while behaviors are managed. The session will conclude with an unstructured time for homework to be assigned and to answer questions from the parents. During the school year we will have special fun days and celebrate holidays in a way that will provide opportunities to use the skills that are learned. In the event a get together will be off-sight you will be notified in advance and there will be a release form to be signed beforehand.  

Waves Social Skill Groups do not take the place of a therapy session, but is intended to offer a 7-Step Model for Teaching Social Skills including: 1) Set goals-choose and clearly define social skills. 2) Teach-explain what behavior looks like and why behavior is important. 3) Model-demonstrate the desired social behavior with parental input. 4) Practice-role play the desired behavior. 5) Prompt for a natural display of desired results. 6) Reinforce with the group members after the demonstrated desired behavior. 7) Generalize-encourage practice and the behavior outside of the group.


Topics 

We will cover 8 different topics including: 1) group rules/introductions 2) conversations 3) friendship skills and blockers 4) identifying/expressing emotions 5) coping with anger and anxiety 6) peer conflict 7) sportsmanship and 8) manners with parental input. I encourage parental feedback, if time allows, at the end of a session or via email. I understand that we all have our own way of expressions and customs that are unique to each of us and to our families. Please let me know, how I can incorporate your customs and traditions in a group session to gain the best outcome for your family.

Intake Assessment and Payment Policy

Give us a call prior to making payment here for a free phone consultation. Together we can schedule an initial intake session at a time that is convenient for you! The intake session has a fee of $75 and each weekly group session thereafter will be $35. All fees will be due prior to the start of the scheduled intake and group sessions, which can be paid below. I am private pay and do not participate on any of the insurance panels, however, I am a family support vender for Middle Flint Behavioral Healthcare, River Edge, and Easter Seals Champions for Children, which means, if you have been approved for their family support funding, the only out-of-pocket expense you will have to pay will be the initial $75 intake fee. We are also a family support vender for the Anchor of Hope Foundation!   

 

 Thank you for considering us as an additional resource for you and your family! We offer a safe environment where you will find caring people that are also parents of children with special needs. You will also find peer helpers trained to offer support for your child as they learn new life skills and cultivate new friendships! I look forward to connecting with you soon!  

~Shelley~

[email protected] 

478-733-2597

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Social Skill Groups