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The Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic in partnership with the Neurobehavioral HOME Program, Autism Council of Utah, and Columbus Community Center is offering groups for people with Autism and other developmental challenges. Therapeutic Group Descriptions (Fall 2015) ~ 801-587-8020

Therapeutic Group Descriptions (Fall 2015)

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic in partnership with the Neurobehavior HOME Program, Autism Council of Utah, and Columbus Community Center, is offering the following therapy groups for people with Autism and other developmental challenges. Please call us with questions or to get registered for a group.

801-587-8020

Part of signing yourself or your child up for a group includes meeting the group coordinator, Court Allred LCSW (unless you or your child has already been in one of our groups). After a brief assessment Court will recommend an appropriate group, based on your child’s age or your group goals. During this assessment, group goals, expectations and parent concerns will be addressed, as well as other diagnoses that may be impacting social skills development. Each group, despite its name and description, teaches social skills, flexibility and problem solving skills. We highly discourage arriving to a group without first meeting with Court, as you may be turned away until you schedule that appointment. Please call 801-587-8020 to schedule that appointment.

Children’s Groups:

Little Kids Social Skills (Ages 4-7) Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 at ASDC Call for start date, possibly September 16, awaiting authorization

Due to popular demand, we are now offering a social skills group for younger children. This group focuses on critical skills that all children need to interact with peers and adults, and to develop and maintain friendships. This group is designed to enhance your child’s social foundational skills such as basic interactional skills, conversational skills, specific friendship skills, emotional and social reciprocity, and problem solving skills through discussions, role-plays, and activities. Children will also be encouraged to practice skills learned each week at home with siblings, peers, parents, etc. This group focuses a bit more on meeting behavioral expectations, getting along with others, identifying and expressing feelings, and coping with feelings appropriately.

Jubel’s Kid Group (Ages 8-13 years) Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 at UNI First group is September 2

This group focuses on critical skills that all children need to interact with peers and adults, and to develop and maintain friendships. This group is designed to enhance your child’s social foundational skills such as basic interactional skills, conversational skills, specific friendship skills, emotional and social reciprocity, and problem solving skills through discussions, role-plays, and activities. Children will also be encouraged to practice skills learned each week at home with siblings, peers, parents, etc. This group focuses a bit more on meeting behavioral expectations, getting along with others, identifying and expressing feelings, and coping with feelings appropriately. Jubel Morgan runs this group, and is somewhat flexible with the ages.

SibShop 1 For neurotypical siblings (ages 8-12) This group is awaiting funding, please call to see availability

We would like to hold this six week group for siblings of children with Autism, ages 8-12. We are currently awaiting funding, but the soonest the group would start would be October. There will also be 3 didactic parent/caregiver support group sessions during the 6 week group. The curriculum for the group will primarily be drawn from, “Sibshops: Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs” by Don Meyer and Patricia Vadacy (2008).

Lego League (Ages 9-14 years) Mondays 4-6 Starts September 14, Group is full, call to be an alternate now!

The Autism Council of Utah is sponsoring our team this year! The Lego League is for 9-14 (ages are rigid because of the tournament guidelines http://www.firstlegoleague.org/). We will be working together to build and program a robot using a Lego Mindstorm kit, and prepare for other tournament activities. Working together will provide several in-the-moment opportunities for the kids to practice social skills, coping skills, problem solving skills, and positive teamwork and friendship. Only 10 children can participate on this team. Because this group requires such a massive commitment, we are asking that you pre-register for this course and commit to it. It runs through the first or second week of January when we will attend a regional tournament. Please explore http://utfll.utah.edu/2014/02/video-state-championship-jan-25-2014/.

Teen Groups (Age 13-17)

Teen Social Skills Group (Teens 13-16) Wednesdays 4:00-5:15 at Liberty Park and ASDC First group is September 9

This co-ed social skills group meets the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and related conditions, ages 13-17. This group will combine recreational, team based activities with social skills training. We use an evidence-based curriculum, the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relationship Skills (PEERS) curriculum that was developed at UCLA. We encourage all group members and their parents to install the Friendmaker App on a smart phone. This app was developed by the PEERS program and has videos with role playing skits, provides examples of “Dos” and “Don’ts” and other helpful tips. The group will meet at Liberty Park until November, as long as weather is conducive, but have other outings and meet at ASDC as well.

Sibshop 2 For neurotpyical siblings (ages 13-17) This group is awaiting funding, please call to see availability

We would like to hold this six week group for siblings of children with Autism, ages 13-17. We are currently awaiting funding, but the soonest the group would start would be December. There will also be 3 didactic parent/caregiver support group sessions during the 6 week group. The curriculum for the group will primarily be drawn from, “Sibshops: Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs” by Don Meyer and Patricia Vadacy (2008).

Adult Groups

Employment Group Tuesdays 4:00-5:15 at Columbus Community Center First Group is September 15

We are proud to announce that Columbus Community Center is sponsoring this 45 week course at very little cost to you, and is designed to prepare young adults to enter the workforce and adults of all ages to re-enter the workforce or to maintain current job placements. Group will cover topics ranging from exploring ambivalence about getting a job to handling anxiety at work, from creating a resume to handling disputes at work, from managing a budget and using your paycheck wisely, to handling the commute to work. This group will specifically focus on skills important in adulthood, including communication skills, assertiveness skills, interview and job skills, as well as relationship skills. We require a 15 week minimum commitment (unless you get a job in the meantime) when you sign up, so please call to discuss this.

Jubel’s Adult Social Skills Group 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, 4:00-5:30 at ASDC

This adult social skills group is for adults 23 years of age and older. The focus of the group is to provide a safe and supportive environment where adults can meet and interact with other adults while working on conversational skills, ways to develop and maintain friendships, problem solving and conflict resolution skills, emotional reciprocity, identifying and managing their own emotions, etc. The group is an open group held two times a month. This group is run by the Neurobehavior HOME Program and is not exclusive to people with Autism.

 

Book Club (Free, Not a therapeutic group, but social gathering) every 3rd Thursday 6:30-8:30 at Komas Conference Room

This group provides a creative outlet and social opportunity for adults on the autism spectrum. Each month, members nominate books they would like to read. Due to the size of the group and varying preferences, we democratically select two of the nominations to read that month, and each member can choose which book they prefer. We begin for the first 30 minutes as a large group in a conference room for socialization and eating (pizza and soft drinks provided). We then split into two smaller groups to discuss their respective books for the next hour. We regroup after the discussion to nominate and select the books for the next month. The book club meets once a month.