At Empowering Kids, individuals with autism or social challenges will learn about emotions, managing emotions, problem solving, dealing with peer pressure and ways to build friendships.

Our after school program for elementary and middle school students will include social emotional learning group, snack, homework/reading time, free time, and a monthly outing.  High school and young adult programming will include a social emotional learning lesson, transitional programming focusing on independent living skills, fun activities to create connections, and the option to attend a monthly outing to promote friendships and generalization of skills.


Mondays + Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm

At our new ITOW location (805 West Main Street, Perham)

GRADES 6 - 10

Tuesdays + Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm

At our new ITOW location (805 West Main Street, Perham)

GRADES 11 - Young Adult

Thursdays, 5:30-7:30pm

At our new ITOW location (805 West Main Street, Perham)

Monthly Outings

Monthly Outings can include but are not limited to bowling, Ultima Gaming, laser tag, snow tubing, swimming, and so much more! Outings will usually take place during regular programming hours the last Monday or Tuesday of every month.

How Can I get started?

If you want to learn more about the program or ask specific questions regarding your child and their needs, call us at (218) 346 – 2322 or email questions to Once we have had time to chat and better understand your child’s needs, then we are able to set up an intake meeting. During this meeting, we ask that the parent or guardian comes to Empowering Kids with their child. We will meet one on one with your child as we observe them answering questions, interacting with us and playing. After we spend time with your child, we then sit down with you to talk about the strengths and weaknesses you have observed at home or school. We use this information to better understand which skills we can build off of and which specific areas of skill to strengthen. The intake may last anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half. 

Use the tools below to help your child understand what to expect when they come in for their intake meeting! 

Intake Meeting Social Story

Read this social story to your child a few times before your intake meeting to help them understand what is going to happen. 

Intake Meeting Visual Schedule

This is a visual schedule of what we’ll do during our intake meeting. Go over it with your child so they know what to expect when they come! 

Monthly Group Rate

We charge on a monthly basis for our group programming. Click here to learn more about our Financial Assistance. 

Days/Week Full Rate Reduced Rate Scholarship Rate
1 Day/Week $100 $50 $25
2 Days/ Week $150 $100 $50

What Curriculums are Used?

During the circle time and teacher times, individuals will be learning skills though the Second Step and Social Thinking curriculums. These curriculums are used by teachers across the nation to help individuals with autism and other social challenges learn about social skills. 


The Second Step curriculum teaches lessons such as how to say hello to classmates, how to identify emotions through facial expressions, and strategies to calm down. These lessons are learned through puppets, photo-cards, songs and role plays. To learn more about the Second Step curriculum, click the button below to visit the Committee for Children website.


The Social Thinking curriculum used is developed by Michelle Garcia Winner and includes the books titled Thinking Thougths and Feeling Feelings, The Group Plan, Thinking With Your Eyes, Body in the Group and Whole Body Listening. This curriculum supports children in thinking socially about situations and how their words and actions affect others in expected and unexpected ways. To learn more about social thinking, click the buttom below to visit their website.

*Some of our social skills classes use the Social Thinking®  methodology or framework developed by Michelle Garcia Winner (concepts, strategies, curriculum and vocabulary). 

This program including its teacher or leader, is not affiliated with, nor has it been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by Michelle Garcia Winner and Think Social Publishing, Inc.

HOW do we support parents / families at home?

After each of our early intervention sessions, we allow 5-10 minutes at the end to discuss with parents the skills that we have been learning and ways to work on and support those skills and/or language at home to promote generalization. We value and strongly support parent involvement, so we want to work with you to find an avenue of communication that fits your needs. For additional in-home supports, please click here or check out our resource page here