ABA Social Skills Groups

The Talcott Center offers two specialized Applied Behavior Analysis based social skills groups – Social Foundations and Social Skills Programs. Our programs incorporate BCBA’s, behavior technicians, speech pathologists, speech pathology assistants, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. Through our intake process, we can discuss appropriate placement for your child, as well as funding options.

Social Foundations

Focuses on the foundational skills and behaviors required to participate in a more advanced Social Skills Program. Utilizes play based activities to support success with attending, transitioning between tasks and environments, reciprocal play, exchange conversations, and basic social behavior. 

Format: 

  • Activity/Play Based
  • Objectives remain the same from week to week.

Ages: 3-18, grouped according to age and skill level.

Pre-Requisites: Must not have any significant behaviors that interfere with the safety of self and/or others (i.e., aggression, self-injurious behavior, elopement. These individuals may be referred for Behavior Support Services).

Assessment:

  • Brief Phone Intake between the child’s caregiver and the BCBA.
  • During the initial session, each child will be observed by a BCBA to collect baseline on all objectives and to assess significance of interfering behaviors.

Schedule/Duration: Enrollment is ongoing. Groups run for 60 minute blocks and are offered 1-2 times per week on a continuous basis as available.

Sample Objectives:

  • Child will transition between activities in the absence of interfering behavior, with no more than 1 redirection in 100% of presented opportunities across 5 consecutive sessions.

Advancement Criteria:

Participants will be enrolled in Advanced Social Skills Program following completion of an assessment as well as meeting all Foundation Treatment Objectives at 100% mastery across 5 consecutive sessions.

Parent Participation: Parents are offered monthly/quarterly sessions (not a specific requirement).

Social Skills Programs

Focuses on specific Social Skills for those that have mastered basic social skills and behaviors. Follows a specific program curriculum, utilizing the principles of ABA. Participants are expected to be able to work in a 1:4 ratio with minimal redirection. Program requires success with attending to instruction, working safely in groups, as well as transitioning between environments/tasks. Program utilizes video modeling, graphic organizers, social stories, role-playing, and topic specific activities.

Format:

  • Learning Based (Direct Instruction)
  • Objectives differentiate from week and to week.

Ages: 3-18, grouped according to age and skill level.

Pre-Requisites: Must not have any significant behaviors that interfere with the safety of self and/or others (i.e., aggression, self-injurious behavior, elopement. These individuals may be referred for Behavioral Support Services). Additionally, each child must have completed Social Skills: Foundation program and must have met acceptable advancement criteria.

Assessment:

  • Completed during participation in Social Skills: Foundations
  • New clients will need to complete at least 5 Foundations classes to complete assessment.

Schedule/Duration: Each group runs for 60-90 minute blocks. This is a 10-week program, offered once per trimester.

Sample Lessons:

  • Asking for Help/Offering Help
  • Dealing with Mistakes
  • Showing Interest in Others
  • Compromising

Parent Participation: Parents are required to meet weekly (individually or in group format) to support generalization of skills and behaviors outside of sessions. 

What's New at The Center?

New Social Skills Programs!
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