Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

Social Skills Groups

Social skills groups are one of the most common therapeutic modalities currently utilized to help individuals with autism spectrum disorders develop effective social interaction skills. Therapy groups offer opportunities to observe, practice with, and receive feedback from peers. Although the format can vary, groups generally consist of instruction and practice of targeted social skills.  Social skills groups may also feature use of other strategies including video modeling, role-play, social coaching, and the skill practice (i.e., "homework") outside of the group sessions.

Related Materials and Information

Using Visuals for Children with ASD: The Do's and Don'ts

Jul 3 2013 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Kennedy Krieger Institute
3901 Greenspring Avenue
Creamer Building
Third Floor, Large Conference Room
Baltimore, MD 21211

“Parenting a Child with Autism: What Should I Do In a Crisis?” Six Tips to Prepare for a Mental Health Crisis in Children on the Autism Spectrum

December 3, 2012
Kennedy Krieger expert advises parents on how to plan ahead

For some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the core symptoms of impaired communication, social skills and repetitive behaviors are just the beginning of the challenges that they face. An ASD diagnosis also brings an increased likelihood of receiving a secondary mental health diagnosis, such as depression, anxiety and psychotic disorders, many of which manifest in severe behaviors that can quickly escalate to a crisis situation for a child and their family.

Children With Autism Arrive At Emergency Room In Times Of Psychiatric Crisis Nine Times More Than Peers

December 3, 2012
Kennedy Krieger researchers find families with private insurance more likely to use emergency department for urgent mental health care

BALTIMORE, Md. -- In the first study to compare mental health-related emergency department (ED) visits between children with and without autism spectrum disorders (ASD), researchers found that ED visits are nine times more likely to be for psychiatric reasons if a child has an ASD diagnosis.

Pharmacotherapy of Co-Occurring Conditions in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Apr 24 2013 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Kennedy Krieger Institute
3901 Greenspring Avenue
Creamer Building
Third Floor, Large Conference Room
Baltimore, MD 21211

ABOUT THE EVENT:

This session will review the indications for prescribing psychiatric medications to treat symptoms such as hyperactivity, inattention, aggression, and anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorder. The presentation will cover the basic classes of medications prescribed including their efficacy and side effects.

Motor Skill and Motor Learning Deficits in Children with Autism: Implications for Social Skill Development and Therapeutic Intervention

Apr 17 2013 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Kennedy Krieger Institute
3901 Greenspring Avenue
Creamer Building
Third Floor, Large Conference Room
Baltimore, MD 21211 

ABOUT THE EVENT:

Dr. Mostofsky will discuss motor function in patients with autism, its association with social behavior, and the resulting implications for treatment.

Presenter: Stewart Mostofsky, MD

Scientific Lecture - Context Matters: Implementing Evidence-based Practices for Children with Autism in Public Schools

Apr 10 2013 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders Presents their 4th Annual ROAR Distinguished Scholar Lecture

Context Matters: Implementing Evidence-based Practices for Children with Autism in Public Schools

Kennedy Krieger Institute
3901 Greenspring Avenue
Creamer Building
Third Floor, Large Conference Room
Baltimore, MD 21211 

ABOUT THE EVENT:

This scientific lecture is designed for researchers and professionals.

Parents & Professionals - Context Matters: Implementing Evidence-based Practices for Children with Autism in Public Schools

Apr 10 2013 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders Presents their 4th Annual ROAR Distinguished Scholar Lecture

Context Matters: Implementing Evidence-based Practices for Children with Autism in Public Schools

Kennedy Krieger Institute
3901 Greenspring Avenue
Creamer Building
Third Floor, Large Conference Room
Baltimore, MD 21211 

Parents & Professionals - Context Matters: Implementing Evidence-based Practices for Children with Autism in Public Schools

Apr 10 2013 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders Presents their 4th Annual ROAR Distinguished Scholar Lecture

Context Matters: Implementing Evidence-based Practices for Children with Autism in Public Schools

Kennedy Krieger Institute
3901 Greenspring Avenue
Creamer Building
Third Floor, Large Conference Room
Baltimore, MD 21211 

How to Recognize and Reduce Challenges to Children's Comprehension of Books

Apr 3 2013 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Kennedy Krieger Institute
3901 Greenspring Avenue
Creamer Building
Third Floor, Large Conference Room
Baltimore, MD 21211

ABOUT THE EVENT:

Objectives: 

1. To identify the visual, language, social, and narrative complexities that are present in many children's books and that present challenges to children's ability to learn through book sharing activities 

2.  To describe strategies that parents and teachers can use during book sharing that enhance children's engagement and learning 

Syndicate content