Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where do the social groups meet?

Our social groups meet in different locations in the community (typically Bellevue or Seattle). Skills are learned and practiced in these locations to increase appropriate peer interactions and increase generalization to the children’s natural settings.

Locations include: parks, bowling alley, roller skating, ice skating, children’s museum, golfing, jump houses, trampoline houses, and seasonal activities, such as a pumpkin patch and holiday activities.

 

What is the ratio of teacher to student and what are the ages of the students in the social groups?

Each group consists of 5-6 students and 2 -3 adults. All teachers have behavior and special education backgrounds. Groups are matched according to age and skill level beginning at age 3 and going until 12 years of age.

 

How often do groups meet?

The groups meet for 2 hours once a week for the full duration of the school year (September – June). New students are accepted at any time of the year if there is availability in an appropriately matched group. Summer sessions are also offered.

 

What type of skills are taught in the social groups?

We will work on social skills, such as conversations, cooperative play, and flexibility, as well as community and leisure skills. Games and activities will be broken down into small steps to explicitly teach rules for common elementary leisure activities, such as t-ball, tag, skating, bowling, board games, etc that will facilitate success for future peer activities as well as teach the children to appropriately interact during these activities. We play a variety of games to elicit comments and conversations with peers. The students also learn skills such as working in a group, waiting their turn, and following community rules. I have been facilitating these types of groups for over 5 years and have found them successful in teaching children imperative social and play skills as well as improving flexibility and confidence. We embed the skills in enjoyable activities that increase the student’s ability to generalize to other settings (i.e., home, school, community).

 

Do you accept insurance?

I am a Certified Microsoft Autism Provider and will send monthly invoices with information necessary for parents to submit for reimbursement through insurance. Many other insurance companies are beginning to reimburse for behavioral health services as well (such as Cigna and Group Health). Unfortunately, I am not able to accept payment from insurance companies at this time, but will do everything I can to help families receive reimbursement.

 

How can I schedule an initial assessment?

The first step to joining a group is to complete a registration form in order for me to gain specific information on your child. I can also address any additional concerns or questions. We would then have the child attend a preliminary social group to see if it is appropriate for his/her needs. It is important that the children have prerequisite skills, such as attending, sitting for short periods, and the ability to work in a small group. Children who currently need 1 on 1 attention or who have aggressive behaviors may not be ready for this type of social group.

 

What do parents or caretakers do during the social group?

Parents drop off and pick up their child at the weekly location. Observations are available, but we ask parents to stay at distance to allow the students more time for peer interactions.

 

For any additional questions, please contact us. Thank you.