Healthy Relationships Outpatient Groups
Providing education and coping strategies for children and teens with autism in on-site facility.
Adolescents on the autism spectrum and those with other cognitive challenges are missing out on critical social skills and life skills, impacting their ability to function effectively in society. Without a solid foundation, they can face lifelong struggles when it comes to forming meaningful social relationships.
Our Autism Outpatient program runs support groups utilizing the Healthy Relationships Curriculum for ages 12 and up. In these groups, participants learn the skills they need to improve their ability to form and maintain relationships with others; from friendships, to romantic relationships, to co-workers. Groups are formed to match participants to others with similar needs.
Trained facilitators tailor the lessons to the group’s specific needs. The group goes through each of the three modules (self-care, sexual development, and forming and maintaining relationships) at a pace which is tailored to each group. These requisite skills for adolescents and young adults with ASD and/or other social, cognitive or developmental challenges are essential to target as they represent needs that may persist throughout their lives. Group members have opportunities for hands-on learning, role playing, and discussion.
In order to be in a Healthy Relationships group, individuals will first be assessed by one of our outpatient therapy facilitators to ensure that groups are matched and that the group will meet the individual’s needs. The therapist will also design a treatment plan with the family to target the needs identified to be addressed by the group. Groups typically meet once a week for 60-90 minutes, and run for about 36 weeks, but may be shorter or longer depending on needs that arise during the course of the group.
For more information or to learn about enrolling, please contact:
Central Access @ 412-342-2270
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