Our children's social skills groups serve children ages 4-13. These groups use a combination of empirically validated strategies for teaching social skills and Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social ThinkingTM curriculums. Groups are led by Christine Jurik, MA, BCBA, COBA, a licensed clinician and are broken into age groups (click on each for course content):
New This Season!
- Interactive homework with parents
- Insurance reimbursement assistance
- Off-site field trip
- The latest strategies from Social Thinking®
Who Should Enroll?
Children who would benefit from learning and rehearsing social skills, social pragmatic skills, and expected social behaviors with similar-aged peers will benefit most from our social skills groups. Participants may have trouble making friends, keeping friends, or connecting with peers. These children may also have difficulty attending in a group setting, following directions from adults, or listening to others.
Each group is individually tailored to meet the needs of the children enrolled and each child has unique behavioral goals based on their difficulty in working and playing with others.
If you’re not sure whether your child is a good fit for the group, please contact Christine via e-mail or click the Interest Form button (above) so that Christine can answer your questions on an individual basis.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does each session include?
Spring/Fall/Winter seasonal sessions include the following: a 30-minute 1:1 intake or consultation with a licensed, Masters-level clinician, individualized goal development, 7.5 hours of small group therapy (five 90-min sessions), and a performance summary.
Summer sessions include 12 hours of small-group therapy (eight 90-min sessions), in addition to 1:1 intake, goal development and performance summary.
What payments are accepted?
Credit cards or Health Savings Account (HSA) cards are gladly accepted (3% processing fee), as well as personal checks. We do not accept insurance; however, we can provide receipts and assistance for parents to submit to their insurance providers for reimbursement.
Our social skills clinician also accepts Autism Scholarship and Ohio Department of Education funding Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
What if my child’s age is outside the group range currently being offered?
If your child that does not fit into group age ranges and you are looking for a social skills program, please contact Christine at email@example.com to discuss your need. If possible, Christine will arrange for additional groups based on community need.
How large are the groups?
Each group consists of 4-6 children and 1-2 adults.
Where do groups meet?
Groups meet at the offices of Meghan Barlow and Associates, 20220 Center Ridge Road, Suite 165, Rocky River.
In some cases, Christine and the group members may decide to meet away from the office (e.g., restaurant, ice cream shop, student’s house), as a reward for meeting group goals and/or to create opportunities to practice skills in a real-world setting.
Do I need to stay in the building?
Parents of children who are toilet trained and who sign a medical waiver are free to leave for the first 80 minutes of each appointment. Parents of children not toilet trained are asked to remain in the waiting room to provide bathroom assistance when needed.