Baltimore, MD

Our Saturday social groups work on social, communication, and friendship skills! Please see the social groups main page and our curriculum page for all the details.

Register now for the current session – click here to complete our social group application

Not sure if a group is right for your child? Contact our Practice Manager, Una Martin, to set up a free 20-minute phone consult before filling out the application.

Location
Our groups are held at 6112 York Rd, adjacent to the Church of the Nativity (map link). We have ample indoor and outdoor space, including access to the playground at the church. While group is in session, parents may attend our parent support group or enjoy visiting Belvedere Square just .5 mile away.

Tuition for Social Skills groups:
50 or 60-minute session: $95 per week
70 or 90-minute Saturday session: $110 per week

*Please note that the ages/grades listed below are approximations. Group placement will always be determined by age appropriateness as well as ability.

PreK & Kindergarten (4-6 year olds) / 9 – 10 am: Little ones will improve social interaction and communication at they engage in sensory exploration, arts and crafts, fine and gross motor play, simple games, pretend play, and more!

Primary (1st-3rd grade) / 10:15 – 11:45 am & 11:55am – 1:05 pm: In the elementary grades, kids need to know how to play and talk with other children in many different contexts, including on the playground, in the lunchroom, on a play-date, and at home. Facilitated play is one of the best ways to help them learn to do this!

Upper Elementary/Middle (4th-6th grade) / 1:15 – 2:45 pm: At this age, play becomes more sophisticated and centers around favorite interests. Though one of the goals of this group will be expanding interests, favorite interests will be incorporated during various activities, including arts & crafts, active games, board games, sports, and playground games. We will also discuss “pop culture” topics such as current books, movies, music, etc. Depending on the group, we may go on some outings, such as to a local restaurant or playground.

Teens / 3 – 4:30 pm: Teens will spend their Saturday afternoons having fun, making friends, and practicing social skills! We will work on skills such as communicating effectively, reading body language, and coping with stressful situations. We will address “teen issues” such as dating etiquette, hygiene, puberty, fashion, etc. Some weeks, we will go on outings by foot, car, or public transit to do things like shop for “in” clothes, eat together at a restaurant, visit a museum or park, etc. We will also explore our strengths as individuals and celebrate our talents and special interests. Participants will learn how to self-advocate and discuss issues related to having special needs, such as disclosure, accommodations, and accessing resources. The group meets at our home base and various locations around the community.

Please complete our application so that we can see if your child might be a good fit for one of our groups. Questions? Please contact us! Upon reviewing your application, we will contact you to set up an intake meeting, so that we can observe your child, confirm that he/she is a good fit, and talk to you about your child’s strengths and needs. There is a $175 fee for the intake meeting.

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