Social Skills




Social Skills Groups

Learning to make and keep friends is crucial in every child’s life. Social skills groups at Advances Learning Center provide direct instruction through interaction via social skills activities and games giving your child the opportunity to practice these foundational skills in a safe nurturing environment, and a chance to develop the skills needed for strong and lasting friendships.

ALC offers social skills groups Tuesday through Saturday. Children are grouped into small “clubs” which meet for two hours every week for two 16-week sessions during the school year. Our small group size ensures plenty of individual attention and helps facilitate the skills needed for the formation of close friendships

  • Eligible Students: Advances Learning Center has social groups for toddlers, children, and teens of all ages who would benefit from social instruction. Not all of our students have a diagnosis, but among those who do are children with Nonverbal Learning Disorder (LND), Aspergers, High-Functioning Autism, learning disabilities or communication disorders.
  • Teaching: Social group instruction at Advances is supportive, systematic, and data-driven. Our group leaders use only instructional methods shown to be effective by research. Whenever appropriate, instruction takes place within games and activities that mimic situations children will encounter in other environments (school, playdates, birthday parties). The Advances Comprehensive Social Skills Curriculum covers a wide range of skills, from the primary (interacting with toys appropriately, turn-taking) to the complex (perspective-taking, inferencing)
  • Progress: Data are taken on every objective, for every child, during every session. Data are graphed and analyzed to ensure that progress is being made. When the data show a lack of progress, teaching methods are changed immediately. Progress reports are sent to parents at the end of each 16-week session, but additional progress reports (including a report after the summer session) may be requested at other times.
  • Staff: Advances group leaders are dedicated and creative teachers who have extensive experience with children with special needs and have solid backgrounds in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Each group has at least one assistant, usually a graduate or undergraduate student in an educational or developmental field of study. Additionally, one-to-one assistance may be provided for an extra fee if a student is not ready for a 1:2 ratio. Group leaders have the supervision and support of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), who oversees teaching procedures and student progress.
  • Placement: At the intake appointment, each child is assessed, and appropriate objectives are determined and prioritized. Children are matched with peers who share similar objectives and have compatible skill levels. Each group works on 5-8 objectives that focus on the particular areas of need of those students.
  • Parent Communication: Parents are encouraged to be closely involved in their child’s program at Advances and are given weekly curriculum reports. These weekly reports also include a suggestion for an activity parents can do at home to encourage generalization of skills. At the end of the session each week, the group leader meets briefly with each parent for questions and updates. Additionally, parents may observe their child’s group or have another member of their educational team observe (requests must be made in advance). For less-intrusive observation, parents may request that a video of their child’s group be made for their (on-site) viewing.

For social skills groups, we accept private insurance and private pay.

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Weekly groups will meet from July 9 – August 25
Full week programs (1/2 or full day) July 17 to August 20

 Talk to our team to find the right program for your child!