At Making Small Talk we offer social skills classes for children 3 to 25 years old. Our programs include a junior social skills class, Friday night teen group, Girls Group and Boys Group. Our social skills classes follow a Social Thinking curriculum and other proven curriculum guides. We work with the children on building relationships, developing social language and being part of a group.
We cover a wide variety of topics including but not excluding: Executive Functioning, Social Anxiety, Emotional and Self-regulation, Transitioning stages of life, Peers and Friendships, and Social Situation Training.
For more information on which program would best meet the needs of your child, please contact Making Small Talk
Junior Social Skills
Ages 3 to 7 years old
Using the Social Thinking curriculum for younger children as well as Larry Listener Program children learn how to be part of a group, how to listen with their whole body and be aware of how they make others feel. During the 1.5 hour session the children have circle time, free play, group play and a craft. This program runs from September to June Monday 3.45pm-5.15pm and is offered for 6 week blocks. We feel that for the child to get the most out of the program more than one 6 week block works best.
Girls Only Group
Girls, ages 8 to 13 years old
Using the Social Thinking curriculum by Michelle Garcia Winner along with the Worry Dragon program we support girls with High Functioning Autism/ Asperger’s and other social issues such as ADHD to deal with the issues that they may face in home, school and the community. During our 2 hour session the girls will have a group game, discussions and a craft activity. We end the session with relaxation exercises. This program runs from September to June and is offered on Wednesday evenings 6pm -8pm for 4 week blocks with a break between sessions.
Friday Night Teen Group
Young Adults, ages 14 to 25 years old
This program focuses on social and functional communication. This is completed though the uses of Social Thinking Curriculum. The group is an open group for both young men and women. During the 2 hour Friday evening session we work on communication, cooking, eating out and money skills. The young adults help to plan their activities and work to be part of a group, plan events eg. a dance, hosting a meal for friends and trips out. "Making small talk" is a big part of this group. This program runs from September to June is offered on Fridays 4.30pm-6.30pm for 4 week blocks.
Senior Boys Group
boys, ages 8 to 13 years old
This has been our longest running social skills program with many happy graduates. This program uses the Social Thinking Curriculum: Stuck and Unstuck, Facing Your Fears. During the 2 hour session the boys are involved in group discussion, group games, team activities. We work on going out as a group that includes sessions run by the local Apple Store. We give time each week to discuss personal issues the boys experienced throughout their week within home, school or local community. This program runs form September to June for 4 week blocks. Saturday mornings 9.30am-11.30am.