Providing social skills groups for children ages 5-21 with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder in an Autism center. A referral is required for enrollment.
WonderKids™ is a social skills group that provides therapeutic and social relationship interventions designed to teach and enhance age-appropriate social skills. The goal of WonderKids™ is to increase independence, social skills, self-regulation, and coping skills while encouraging clients to understand the intentions, motives, emotions, and perceptions of others. Each client will receive an individualized treatment plan developed and reviewed by their child’s clinical treatment team, including parents, family, or other service providers. WonderKids™ is a step down from traditional to Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) or other intensive behavioral health services which typically will teach the pre-requisite skills necessary to benefit from a social skills group. WonderKids™ may also be used as a stand-alone service or as an appropriate part of an intensive behavioral health discharge plan.
Please note, WonderKids™ is designed for children affected by Autism Spectrum or Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder Diagnoses who are not in need of a higher level of care or one on one support. This includes a high amount of BHT. If a child has a BHT, BHT hours need to be minimal and in the process of decreasing towards elimination. The fading of BHT needs to be demonstrated by the Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) team.
Wesley Family Services completes an annual quality report on their IBHS services. This is available upon request by a youth, young adult or parent, legal guardian or caregiver of a child, youth, or young adult by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting your direct service provider.
Child can actively participate in group activities including Group Discussion, Conversation with Peers, Cooperative Play Activities, Therapeutic Art, Motor and Sensory Activities.
Child must have a current Autism Spectrum or Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder Diagnosis
Child has reliable transportation, able to be picked up and dropped off on time, and can attend group consistently
Child has a current, appropriate psychological evaluation and/or written order recommending an IBHS Social Skills Group for a set number of hours per month.
Family has eligible insurance or form of payment
WonderKids™ Screening, and Intake/Assessment Session must both show that child, adolescent or young adult has been determined eligible and appropriate for entry into this program.
- Refer clients, families and friends
- Donate Money to WonderKids™
- Donate Goods (therapeutic toys and games) for clinicians to use with their clients and families
- Volunteer Time to work and help out in our WonderKids™ groups