Social Skills Services
SOCIAL SKILLS SERVICES
Our social skills services are led by professional with experience in working with individuals that have autism and other social challenges. With their education, experience and research based curriculum to guide them, the professionals teach skills needed to help children and young adults to better understand interactions with others, manage their strong feelings and develop communication skills. These areas of focus and support help individuals feel more confident in their interactions with others and better manage their needs which are life skills necessary to be successfully employed, live independently, and live a life of happiness and purpose.
The curriculums* we use are Social Thinking, Second Step, and Zones of Regulation which are geared for people of all ages that have autism or social challenges. The curriculums are engaging, relevant to children’s needs and support all types of learners through pictures, videos, role plays, music and movement.
Any student enrolled or receiving services through Empowering Kids is also invited to join us for our monthly outings in the community and monthly Birthday Club gathering.
*Some social skills classes use the Social Thinking ® methodology or framework developed by Michelle Garcia Winner (concepts, strategies, curriculum and vocabulary). www.socialthinking.com
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.
*Between the ages of 2 and 7 years old, no diagnosis is needed to receive services at Empowering Kids. For children, ages 7 years and older, we do require a primary diagnosis or educational determination of either autism or ADHD.
After School Program
Individuals in kindergarten and beyond that have autism or other social challenges, have the opportunity to attend the after school program. The program runs from 3:30 – 5:30 Monday through Thursday. During this time, individuals rotate between snack, social group, homework time and free time. Social groups are the times where individuals learn skills and content through the curriculums and those concepts and vocabulary are then reinforced throughout the rest of the time at the after school program as students engage in the other activities.
Special Interest SESSIONS
Individuals that have autism often have areas of intense interest and knowledge. To support and share those interests, Empowering Kids offers special interest Fridays. Students learn more about topics they are interested in through supported activities and interactions with adults from the community. Students develop as well as refine knowledge and skills in the program promoting unique interests, potential new hobbies or even insight into a future career.
To provide support for all individuals schedules and needs, Empowering Kids offers 1:1 services. During these sessions, the same curriculums are used, but are specifically geared toward individual needs. One on one services provide the flexibility to work on skills outside of the social realm such as learning how to do your hair or answering the phone.
Once a month, Empowered Kids are invited to attend a supported outing in the community. During this time, the kids will be practicing their skills while enjoying the different amenities our communities have to offer. The goal is to provide a positive, safe, and supported experience for empowered individuals.
Birthday Club is a once a month happening where members of Empowering Kids meet together to celebrate that month’s birthdays! Whether it is your birthday month or not, all members are invited to attend and celebrate. As a treat is provided, we ask that individuals and families do not bring treats or presents. If a family would like to do something to celebrate their loved ones’ birthday, feel free to donate a game to birthday club. The game could be your loved ones favorite game or a game from our donation ideas list. Click here to view that list.