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Fall 2022 Groups    Group of children smiling 

Summer groups are now closed. 

We will be posting available groups for this fall in early August. If you are not on our email list please join and you will be notified when group pre-registration opens. 

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Elementary - Middle School

Social Thinking- Little Explorers - Jamie Wiora, LCSW- CLOSED

     Co-ed Ages 5-7 (K-1st) Maximum 4 Participant

     8 weeks - June 14 -August 9th (no group July 26) 

     Tuesdays at 1:00

      50-minute sessions with a 10-minute parent feedback session included

We will be going on a social skills adventure using the Social Thinking We Thinkers book series.  Join us for guided stories with a variety of fun social skills themes such as, Thinking Thoughts and Feeling Feelings, following the Group Plan, Thinking with Our Eyes, Body in the Group and much more.  We will use toys, games, and music to practice becoming social explorers! 


Creative Kids Build and Play - Jamie Wiora, LCSW- CLOSED

Incoming Grades 2nd- 4th maximum 3 participants 

8 weeks- June 15 -August 10th (No group July 27) 

Wednesdays at 1:30pm

60-minute sessions with a 5-10 parent feedback session included 

Participants will practice social communication skills during play-based hands-on activities such as Legos, marble tracks, magnet tiles, and dominos.  We will work on building skills and confidence in conversations with peers, navigating play situations, transitions, and cooperation with one another.  Participants will work on communicating their emotions, wants, and needs effectively, while having fun!  This group would be appropriate for emerging to challenged social communicators.  Participants should be able to maintain safe behaviors throughout the sessions with a 1:3 ratio of therapist to participants.   Visual support for expectations, schedule, and emotional communication will be modeled and available.  


Girls Social CBT - Jessica Amedeo, LCSW - CLOSED

Grades 4th-5th – 2-3 openings

8 weeks - June 16th-Aug 4th

Thursdays at 7:00 pm 

Share about experiences with peers that ‘get it’

Learn and practice social skills in a supportive environment

Learn strategies to cope with difficult situations.

This group incorporates: Mindfulness, Mindful movement (yoga), Social CBT skills, and opportunities for practice


Creative Social Skill Therapy– Amy Malone, LCSW- CLOSED

Incoming 3rd-4th grade - 3-4 participants

6 weeks June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18

Mondays 5:45 pm - (time may change)

This group will have more of a play therapy format to learn cooperation, problem-solving, and social skills.  This group will have a project/game/play/Superflex focus.  Participants will also learn to regulate emotions and practice coping skills while being in a group.   This will be geared toward kids with nuanced social skill challenges.  


Movie Time Social Skills for Middle School – Jamie Wiora, LCSW -CLOSED

Coed- incoming Grades 4th- 6th Maximum 4 Participants 

8 Weeks - June 15 (No group July 27) 

Wednesdays at 3:00 pm

75-minute sessions with a 5–10-minute parent feedback session included 

Spend your summer at the movies learning social skills and connecting with peers over a variety of films using the Movie Time Social Learning curriculum by Anna Vagin.  Participants will watch a variety of engaging movies ranging from simple to more advanced depending on participants' needs.  Participants will dive into reading context, interpreting thoughts and feelings, making predictions, and discussing social interactions.  Prospective group members should be able to be relatively independent with maintaining self-regulation and physical boundaries with others.  


Girls Social CBT - Jessica Amedeo, LCSW - CLOSED

6th-8th grade – 2 openings

8 Sessions - June 14th-Aug 4th

Tuesdays at 6:30pm

  • Share about experiences with peers that ‘get it’

  • Learn and practice social skills in a supportive environment

  • Learn strategies to cope with difficult situations

This group incorporates: Mindfulness, Mindful movement (yoga), Social CBT skills, and opportunities for practice


Executive Functioning Skills AND Being Social- Amy Malone, LCSW- Closed

Incoming 7th-8th graders (3-4 openings)

7 sessions - June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 14, 21 

Thursdays 5:00 pm

This group will be for teens to develop those upper brain executive functioning skills such as planning and time management, organization, flexibility, self-control, and focus.   Embedded in the therapy, teens will learn helpful problem-solving and emotional regulation skills as well as have time to hone and tweak social skills through casual conversation. This group will be geared towards teens with ADHD and/or nuanced learning or social challenges.   


Social Theatre- -Shawn Amador, LCSW- Closed
 

Junior High aged group

June 11th- August 13th (June 11, 18, 25, July 9,16, 23, 30, August 6, 13)

Saturdays @ 9am

Social Theatre utilizes targeted skill improv and humorous/lighthearted role plays  to practice teach and practice social skills. Social Thinking®, mindfulness, and CBT concepts are intertwined into group activities.  This group works on nuanced skills and is targeted towards those with Autism Level 1, ADHD and/or Anxiety.

Clients who have difficulty with understanding more subtle/nuanced social skills

  • Create a space where teens feel comfortable

  • Rehearse social behaviors to increase relationships

  • Learn brainstorming, accepting and building on others’ idea

  • Enhance confidence through feeling validated

See below for a description of Social Theatre and a flyer for group here

High School 

Executive Functioning Skills AND Being Social – Amy Malone, LCSW- Closed

Incoming Freshmen-Sophomores (3-5 openings)

6 sessions - June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18 

Mondays 4:30 pm  

This group will be for teens with ADHD and/or nuanced learning or social challenges to develop their executive functioning and soft skills to carry over to school, employment, family, and social environments. 

 Adult Group   

 Adult Conversation/Social Skills and Coping with Stress Support Group- Cancelled

Adults (20s-30s)

7 sessions - June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 14, 21

Thursdays 6 pm -

 Adults (20s-30s) with social language challenges will gather together to learn social skills as taught, modeled, and practiced in the sessions. This group will be primarily based on the UCLA PEERS curriculum.  This will be an interactive, practice-oriented group to focus on developing interactive communication skills that can carry over to the workplace and social environments.  This group will also provide emotional support for stress and geared toward high-functioning adults with nuanced social skill challenges.

 

 


 

General Social Group descriptions

Social Cognitive Skills (Social CBT) Groups

Social CBT Groups:  Our social-cognitive behavior therapy groups use cognitive psychotherapy concepts along with vocabulary and methodology from Social Thinking®. These groups work on perspective taking, self awareness, social awareness, self regulation and how our thoughts and feelings influence our behavior. We work on teaching problem solving and more adaptive ways to think about and cope with environmental and social stressors. Self regulation and social attention are important skills for social functioning and necessary to improve our ability to observe and process social information with more reliability. Participants will learn to work together and provide one another with supportive and constructive peer feedback.

⇒  Children, and teens based on age/grade and social cognitive skills level.

⇒ Participants who have average or above cognitive abilities and solid language skills.

⇒ Participants who are able to regulate their behavior with minimal prompting/support.

Group Information Sheet 

 

Social Theatre™ Groups 

Social Theatre occurs in a group therapy setting, where participants learn about social skills through role playing, collaborative idea creating, and improvisational theatre activities through a 14 week semester.  Skills targeted are reading the room, feelings expression of self and others, appropriate conversation and reactions for different relationship levels, and perspective taking.  The concepts utilized in Social Theatre is inclusive of social emotional concepts from Social Thinking®, Peers UCLA curriculum, Assertiveness Training, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Actual sessions are 50 minute sessions with a parent briefing afterwards.  The parent briefing includes a discussion of the activities, the rationale and teaching behind the activities, as well as an optional weekly family assignment.  
For more information on these groups and to order a copy of her book, please visit Shawn Amador's website  Social Theatre.org 

 
 
 

 


For more information on Social Thinking please visit their website
www.socialthinking.com