Think Social | Social Skills Group for ASD Kids Grades 5-8 (Spring II)

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Think Social | Social Skills Group for ASD Kids Grades 5-8 (Spring II)


A six-week social skills group for children on the Autism Spectrum. Think Social, created and written by Michelle Garcia Winner, teaches social-cognitive and communicative skills to children who have challenges that affect their school and home life. This group is targeted for children whose developmental grade level is 5-8 with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Children will learn how to use and interpret language (verbal and nonverbal) to understand the contexts where real communication happens.

In the You are a Social Detective group, children will be introduced to the concepts of Social Thinking including:

  • Expected vs. Unexpected Behavior
  • Being a Social Detective
  • School Smarts: Different types of “smarts” in our brains that we use for school learning. Things like math smarts, computer smarts, music smarts, science smarts, and many more.
  • Body in the group: Your body is in the group if others feel you are part of the group. For example when you are standing, this means keeping your body about one arm’s length away from others. The front of your body will be turned towards others in the group.
  • Brain in the group: Your brain is in the group when others feel that you are paying attention to what is happening in the group; for example, when you are thinking about others with your eyes and listening to what they are talking about.
  • Thinking with your eyes: This means that you are using your eyes to look at a person and it makes them feel that you are thinking about what they are saying or doing.

Fridays from 4-5 pm
April 28 - June 2
Registration Deadline: April 17

Facilitators: Sheri DeChellis, M.Ed and Dianne Pereira, M.Ed


In order to create an effective group, the following are the requirements for registration:

  • The child's developmental grade level falls within grades 5-8
  • The child has high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome
  • The child is in a mainstream or inclusive classroom


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