The Autism Project of Rhode Island's Social Group information and descriptions.

Social Skills Group Descriptions

Club Jr.

Ages Served: 10-14

This pre-teen group is designed for children who can effectively communicate basic wants/needs, call attention to others, protest appropriately, and initiate simple conversations.

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Club Jr. Life Strategies

Ages Served: 10-18

Participants will learn life skills in a highly structured setting. Independent skills will be the focus of this program using hands-on activities. 

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Creative Expressions

Ages Served: 8-18

In our Creative Expressions group participants learn group dynamics, social rules, effective peer interactions and functional skills for group participation and conversation. Students will work together creating specific art projects! 

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Curtain Call

Ages Served: 10-16

Our “Curtain Call” social group uses theatre as a medium to promote expressive communication, regulation of emotions, and social interactions.  Co-facilitated by a teaching artist from the Trinity Repertory Company and a licensed clinician, the program incorporates individual objectives for each participant and specialized ASD strategies to help adolescents and teens learn, communicate, and build self esteem.

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Dare to Dream

Ages Served: Teens 14+

Dare to Dream 2014

Participants in the Leadership Academy may also be invited to take part in the annual Dare to Dream Conference.  The Dare to Dream Conference is a one day leadership event for students and young adults in Rhode Island living with a disability. This one day celebration includes workshops on leadership strategies, life-skills, healthy living tips, personal expression through art, poetry and drama and much, much more.

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Game On!

Ages Served: 5-18

Game On! is a group for children and teens looking to improve their functional skills in different sporting activities. In addition to emotional regulation, communication, following game rules, and team cooperation, participants will work on coordination, core strength, balance, and endurance.

Sporting activities may include basketball, Karate and other age appropriate sports.

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Game On! Basketball

Ages Served: 5-18

Game On! is a group for children and teens looking to improve their social interactions and social emotional skills. In addition to emotional regulation, communication, following game rules, and team cooperation, participants will work on coordination, core strength, balance, and endurance.

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Game On! Karate Friday

Ages Served: 5-10

Game On! is a group for children and teens looking to improve their functional skills in different sporting activities. In addition to emotional regulation, communication, following game rules, and team cooperation, participants will work on coordination, core strength, balance, and endurance using Karate.

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Game On! Karate Saturday

Ages Served: 5-18

Game On! is a group for children and teens looking to improve their functional skills in different sporting activities. In addition to emotional regulation, communication, following game rules, and team cooperation, participants will work on coordination, core strength, balance, and endurance using Karate as the shared activity.

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Girls Night Out

Ages Served: 9-12 and 13-17

Our “Girls Night Out” program fosters effective interpersonal communication skills, social development and positive self esteem among girls ages 9-17 during recreational field trip activities.

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In Harmony: Music Makers & Sing Together

Ages Served: 6-16, 9-12

Ages 6-9 Music Makers
Ages 9-12 Sing Together

Music, which activates a different part of the brain than speech, has been demonstrated to be an effective channel for addressing some of the core deficits of autism, including expressive communication and self-regulation capacity.

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Leadership Academy

Ages Served: Teens and Young Adults 14+

The Leadership Academy is a yearlong leadership development and community outreach program for teens and young adults living on the autism spectrum. These teens and young adults will build leadership skills and contribute to the betterment of their community.

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Leaps and Bounds

Ages Served: 4-10

Designed for "emerging social thinkers," this social group is led by trained professionals to teach group dynamics, joint attention, social rules/expectations, how to engage in shared experiences, and how to foster positive peer relations.

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Move and Groove

Ages Served: 4-10

Designed to teach children the fundamental skills of play and leisure activities, this group utilizes reciprocal play activities to promote positive peer relations.  Visual supports, environmental structure, and a creative curriculum will enhance children’s level of understanding and participation.

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Move and Groove

Ages Served: 4-10

Designed to teach children the fundamental skills of play and leisure activities, this group utilizes reciprocal play activities to promote positive peer relations. Visual supports, environmental structure, and a creative curriculum will enhance children’s level of understanding and participation.

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Social Coaching Program~ Johnston

Ages Served: 5-18

We feel it is important to teach our students to become more efficient social thinkers BEFORE we can ask them to produce an appropriate social behavior.  Adapted from Michelle Garcia Winner and Stephanie Madrigal's work, The Autism Project’s Social Coaching Program teaches participants to become more efficient at social thinking and understand social skills.

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Social Coaching ~ South County

Ages Served: 5-18

Ages Served: 5-18
We feel it is important to teach our students to become more efficient social thinkers BEFORE we can ask them to produce an appropriate social behavior.  Adapted from Michelle Garcia Winner and Stephanie Madrigal's work, The Autism Project’s Social Coaching program teaches participants to become more efficient at social thinking and understand social skills

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The Club

Ages Served: 14-19

The Club is a safe and engaging place for teens to become integral members of a group as they discuss and participate in community trips. Participants learn social communication skills required to foster friendships, and they learn appropriate social rules for effective interactions (interrupting, compromising, negotiating and listening). 

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Therapeutic Preschool Play Groups

Ages Served: 3 to 5 years old

Let’s Play! is a therapeutic play group for children ages 3-5. Licensed clinicians, Kristen Bock and Cristen Sassi utilize a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating the work of Pamela Wolfberg and Steven Gutstein, to support positive and purposeful play experiences amongst peers.

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