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


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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

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

6-8 participants. One Facilitator and Two Co-Facilator

Cost- $60.00 per session
Westside Regional Center Vendored
Super bill for Out of Network insurance available


Contact info

Ruby V. Paparello, MA, MFT


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.