Purpose

A unique and comprehensive program providing teens and young adults with autism the social skills they can utilize in their natural environment.

 

Topics Include

 

Criteria for Group Members and Parents

 

Program Description

Teen to Young Adults - The Gathering Place is a safe, supportive environment for teens and young adults to gain the skills they need to make friends, sustain friendships and feel comfortable in social settings. The program will serve teens ages 13-17 and young adults ages 18-22 who have been diagnosed with autism. The program will be 6 months long to provide for adequate data collection towards goals established. Members will continue in program if goals have not been met within the 6 month timeframe.

 

Location for Groups

Address
4901 W. Rosecrans Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250

 

Group Ratio

Maximum in a Group will be 6 with one Facilitator and one Co-Facilitator.

Open enrollment for groups age 13-17 and 18-22

Cost:$120 * per session
* sliding scale available
* Blue Shield and Magellan Provider
* Super Bill for out of network

 

Contact info

Ruby V. Paparello, MA, MFT
310-767-6554
rpaparello@gmail.com

www.rubypaparello-mft.com

Lic # MFC 49166
TaxID # 45-2579814

verified by Psychology Today

 

 

Ruby V. Paparello, MA, MFT

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. I currently have a private practice in Manhattan Beach, CA. My focus is on parents with special needs children and teenagers. I have a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, and a Certification in Clinical Supervision.

I am in a unique position as a therapist with an 18 year old son who has autism. My son has given me the opportunity to experience autism from both sides of the lens as a parent and as a clinician. I have run support groups for parents of children with autism and carried out advocacy for parents in various school districts. Previously, I provided school based counseling to children. I have also conducted individual therapy for parents and siblings of a child with autism.

I am relying on my varied experiences and strengths to create an invaluable social skills group.

 

Allegra Williams, MA

I have been working with students with special needs for 5 years. I received my teaching credential and Masters degree in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University.

I work with students with autism, ADHD, and specific learning disabilities both as a teacher and private tutor.

I am completing my coursework to become a certified BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). My professional interests are in the area of building executive functioning skills, incorporating Educational Therapy strategies into full inclusion programs.