Group Work for Autistics:
Children who are autistic show a consistent decline in social interaction. Consequently, social communication skills become impaired. Severe difficulties can arise with their social interactions in various settings such as school or family life. Core features of ASD also include repetitive and restrictive behaviors, interests, or activities. Group therapy is beneficial because it's a way to practice social skills.
Center-based therapy has been shown to increase skills at a higher rate when compared to home-based services. A center-based group allows for the development and growth of skill recovery.
- Direct and clear instruction and "teachable moments" with practice in realistic settings
- Support for enhancing communication and sensory processing
- Learning behaviors that predict important social outcomes like friendship and happiness
- A way to build up cognitive and language skills
- Learning appropriate behavior and responses
- A safe learning environment to try newly improved and obtained skills