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Early Intervention ABA Therapy for Children Diagnosed with Autism

Social Skills Groups


In the field of applied behavior analysis, we focus on teaching a wide variety of skills to the people we work with. Often times, people think of verbal behavior as being the most important skill for people with autism to work on. While verbal behavior is extremely important, another equally important area of focus is the development of language within a social setting. Here at Golden View Learning Center, we acknowledge the importance of socialization in learners with autism and strive to create an environment where we can provide as many naturalistic opportunities as possible to increase every child’s social competence. Increasing social skills in those with autism not only will help them to gather necessary skills to be productive members of society, but also aide them in acquiring play and leisure skills to enhance their everyday lives. Children are grouped by developmental level and with similar age range. 

Early Social Skills Group

  • This early social skills group is geared for learners with emerging language and communication skills, restricted play skills, and/or learners who may have interfering maladaptive behaviors that impact social situations. 
  • In this group, we would focus primarily on the learner’s awareness of social reinforcers in the natural environment such as eye contact and attending to others. We would also work on parallel play with others, and imitating other peers within play 
  • The early social skills group utilizes small group instruction in groups of two to three children. 

Basic Social Skills Group

  • The basic skills group is for learners who communicate basic wants and needs, respond to simple instructions, and have a lower rate of maladaptive behaviors. 
  • In this group we would focus primarily on teaching learners how to respond to and approach different social situations, and how to apply their language to a variety of social contexts
  • The basic social skills utilizes small and large group instruction in groups of three to five children.  

Intermediate/Advanced Social Skills Group

  • This learners in the intermediate group have a fair amount of verbal behavior and communication skills; however, these learners need to focus on using their language in a social setting.
  • In this group we would focus primarily on increasing the learner’s conversational skills within the social context, attendance to and approaching situations in socially appropriate ways, responding to others who are initiating communication with them, and increasing flexibility across a variety of social situations.  
  • The intermediate/advanced social skills group utilizes small and large group instruction in groups of four or more.