November 9 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
People Smart is a 6 week group focused on teaching vital social skills and covers topics such as:
- How to meet people
- How to turn an acquaintance into a friend
- How to Deepen a Friendship
- How to not mistake friendliness with friendship
- How to avoid getting into trouble with strangers
- How to be socially attractive
A Behaviour Plan will be created for each participant that will outline their learning goals for the group as well as a progress review to summarize outcomes. Content will be adjusted based on the age range of participants.
*Snacks, Drinks and Transportation will not be provided. Participants will be provided with opportunities to have snacks and drinks during group time for those interested in sending on with their child. Please note, we have a tree nut and peanut free environment. Pizza and refreshments will be provided on the final session.
Who is Eligible for the Group?
This group is currently being offered to children and youth 11-17 years of age with an ASD diagnosis. Participants must be able to communicate in full sentences and not engage in elopement or aggressive behaviour. Participants must be interested and willing to participate and learn the outlined skills.
Commitment to the Group?
Participants will attend 6 separate 1.5 hour in-person sessions. Weekly challenges are required to be completed at home with caregiver support.
Caregiver handouts will be provided describing the skills learned and tips to practice at home.
Caregivers will attend a virtual 1-hour orientation before the group begins to review the content, expectations and how they can support progress outside of sessions.
Caregiver Orientation: Virtually on Thursday November 2 from 5:00-6:00 (via Teams)
Children / Youth Sessions: Thursdays from November 9 to December 14 from 4:30 to 6:00 in person at our Kingston centre.
Registration: Please email [email protected]. Intake applications will be distributed to all interested parties at a later date, to help determine eligibility and appropriateness for this group. If this group is not the best fit for you and your teen, you will be contacted further with a rationale, and other possible options.
Location: Maltby Centre, Suite 100-31 Hyperion Court, Kingston, ON K7K 7G3
Requirements: To access this group, your child/youth requires an ASD diagnosis and must be within the identified age range.