Social Skills & Focus Groups

As part of our commitment to providing families with evidence-based, family-centered treatments, we offer a variety of small group interventions to meet the needs of our clients.  These groups provide an opportunity to acquire, practice, and generalize skills in a small group format with peers, enabled by an experienced, trained facilitator under the supervision of Dr. Hansen.

Groups vary in focus, age and content according to individual and group needs. Janet Hansen Psychologist, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LLC currently offers five focus groups, each found below along with detailed descriptions. Please inquire about a group that may be a good fit for your child’s needs.

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While there is no one formula for a Social Skills Group, the model is to bring a small number of similarly aged and/or challenged children together to create and foster a safe, social environment where each member can practice and develop his or her social skills on a regular basis. Under the guidance of a qualified professional, the members of the group receive necessary and immediate feedback; can be redirected for continued learning; and can be praised and reinforced when they succeed, especially when they succeed together. Central principles for Social Skills Groups include:

  • Making the abstract concrete, while providing structure and predictability
  • Grouping children by language capability to maximize their interaction and reduce fear of failure
  • Focusing on multiple and varied activities, particularly those that are achieved as a pair, a team or a group, rather than individually
  • Selecting relevant social goals and progressing toward them sequentially and progressively
  • Providing opportunities to practice learned skills beyond the group setting

For more information about Social Skills Groups, please access: The Interactive Autism Network (IAN) Research Findings: Social Skills Groups

Preschool & Kindergarten Social Skills Groups

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Preschool & Kindergarten Social Skills Groups

This one hour per week daytime group for ages 3-7 is designed for our youngest clients faced with speech or developmental delay, social anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, or those needing extra support or reassurance socially.

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Preschool & Kindergarten Small Group ABA

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Preschool & Kindergarten Small Group ABA

For our clients ages 3-7 with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other developmental disabilities, this more intensive class is designed for expanding developmental skills comprehensively.

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AAC Social Communication Group

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AAC Social Communication Group

For our school-age clients using augmentative and alternative (AAC) systems to express themselves, this group focuses on increasing communication, language, and social skills using their AAC devices, while building
independence and fostering greater participation with peers and adults.

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School-Age Social Skills Groups

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School-Age Social Skills Groups

Help your school-age child get the extra support, practice and direct instruction needed to improve social and conversation skills with peers. Groups are conducted under the guidance of one of our highly-qualified, friendly & energetic Behavioral Consultants.

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Functional Social Skills & Leisure Groups

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Functional Social Skills & Leisure Groups

We assist our school-age and adolescent clients in developing functional communication, social and leisure skills in a small group setting through participation in variety of age-appropriate leisure and pre-vocational activities, hobbies and other pre-teen and adolescent interests, like cooking and art.

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