As a complement to individual therapy, group therapy provides your child and family with opportunities for psychoeducation, skill development, and peer feedback in a safe and nurturing environment. Group therapy has two different age groups and targets. One is for tweens, and the other is for older teenagers. These groups are highly selected so the participants will be supported and supportive to all their group members. Sometimes kids just need to know that there are others have similar difficulties. Learning how to listen, support, and give their wisdom to each other is not only therapeutic but gives them important skills. Group therapy helps children understand how to be emotionally intimate with people their age. These guided sessions also give children boundaries so that they gain self-regulation and build self-confidence.
Social skills Training for Tweens and Teenagers with Developmental Autism Spectrum Disorders
Here at Child's Best we have social skills training that is initiated with social skills group that follow the research-based “Peers" model. This model matches 4 to 10 peers that are of similar age and social ability. Parents participate as well so that they may support and encourage their child’s social development. This also allows the parents to encourage their child beyond the manualized 14 sessions. We then offer more personalized social skills training for teenagers who would like to increase their repertoire or if they have particular situational problems. These can be based in the real world, like going to the deli or an office. Child's Best tries to make a personalized program that can ensure progress and fun in attaining these important life skills.
Parent Support Group
Having a child with a disability can cause family, marital, and personal stress. Depending on the disability, the family’s most basic activities are redefined. Finding a group of people who are going through similar adjustments in their lives can be very helpful and reduce the stress and isolation. When families with similar concerns meet, there is a sense of community and understanding, as well as emotional support. In these groups you can create a space to discuss challenges, laugh, gain information, and gain support.