A unique and comprehensive program providing teens and young adults with autism the social skills they can utilize in their natural environment.
- Why socializing and making friends is important.
- What are the differences between a friend and an acquaintance?
- How to exchange phone numbers and follow through on setting up a get together with a friend.
- How to share about your weekend outing or special event, and how to continue to engage a friend in conversation.
- How to plan an activity as a group and create a social setting.
- How to express interest in another person during a conversation.
- How to join into a conversation already in progress.
- Learning about topics you can talk about outside of ones own area of interest.
- Learning how to bring daily activities into a conversation such as going to the market, the bank, the movies and other activities (Older group).
- How to deal with bullies at school, work or in a social setting.
- Group members will identify what they do well and what others do well in order to understand that each member has different strengths.
- How to read facial expressions and body language.
Criteria for Group Members and Parents
- Group members must have some language.
- No aggressive impulsive behaviors and/or require a 1-1 aide.
- No serious medical condition or toileting issues.
- Parents will be asked to participate in a monthly parent meeting and actively support their child while in the social skills group (accommodations can be made for special family circumstances).
- A consent form will be completed with parents allowing group members to exchange telephone numbers in order to arrange get togethers.
- An Intake will be completed with parents where group members' strengths and weaknesses will be identified and established. A group member's data sheet will be created to have all emergency numbers and contacts on file.
- Consistent attendance will be emphasized in the best interest of forming a cohesive group for socializing.
- Data collection will be carried out weekly to assess progress at 3 months and 6 months from start of program.
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
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
Ruby V. Paparello, MA, MFT
Lic # MFC 49166
TaxID # 45-2579814
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.