SSmarTs @ PiC, 2019 – (Social Smarts for Teens)
This program is a new initiative at Partners in Communication and as of May 2017 had ethics approval to be rolled out as a Pilot Study.
It is a program for teenagers of high school age who struggle with managing the social dynamic at home, at school, with friends and looking forward – to the workplace or further education. We will be offering social groups that use best practices related to managing the social world and emotional regulation in teens. Much of our focus will use the Social Thinking ® methodology (www.socialthinking.com), but other strategies will be incorporated as well.
It is best suited to those students who have language and cognitive skills within the normal range but who struggle with social communication and emotional regulation or have a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism.
The program is a 16-session program based in Caulfield North.
Parents will stay for the duration of the sessions where they will meet with Speech Pathology/ Psychologist facilitators (separately to the students), and have Social Coaching. This will provide an opportunity to discuss how to best support and reinforce concepts between group sessions and to be able to ask questions and discuss issues in a supportive adult environment. The Tuning in to Teens™ program is incorporated into these parent sessions.