Youth Social Skills Program


Spring 2014 Session Info

Age Day Time
3-6 Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm
11-14 Tuesday 7:00-8:00pm
7-10 Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm
15-18 Wednesday 7:00-8:00pm
19 and Up Thursday 5:00-6:00pm

The Spring 2014 Open House will be held on Tuesday, February 11 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.(ages 3-6) & 7 -8 p.m (ages 11-14) and Wednesday, February 12 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.(ages 7-10) & 7 -8 p.m (ages 115-18).

There will be no classes on Msrch 11 or 12 for Spring break.

Spring 2014 - Tuesday Sessions

Date Time
02/18/2014 varies by age group
02/25/2014 varies by age group
03/04/2014 varies by age group
03/18/2014 varies by age group
03/25/2014 varies by age group
04/01/2014 varies by age group
04/08/2014 varies by age group
04/15/2014 varies by age group

Spring 2014 - Wednesday Sessions

Date Time
02/19/2014 varies by age group
02/26/2014 varies by age group
03/05/2014 varies by age group
03/19/2014 varies by age group
03/26/2014 varies by age group
04/02/2014 varies by age group
04/09/2014 varies by age group
04/16/2014 varies by age group


Registration for the Spring 2014 session is now full.



Youth Social Skills Program

Cost: $325.00 - 8-week program

Registration for the Spring 2014 session is now full.

Overview:
The Kinney Centerís Youth Social Skills Program is designed for children with autism, ages 3 to 18. This one-hour program meets once a week, and focuses on teaching and improving social interaction skills in a group-learning environment. Please note that dates for the 8-week program will include holiday and university breaks with meeting times varying according to age group.


Eligibility Requirements:
Children presenting a preliminary set of group readiness skills are eligible for the Youth Social Skills Program. This set of skills can vary across age groups. For more information on group readiness skills, please feel free to contact the program manager, Nicole Whitelock, at nwhilelo@sju.edu.

Please note that this program can accommodate a limited number of participants. If enrollment limits are reached, applicants may be placed on a waiting list. A limited number of financial assistance scholarships are available to families with financial need, subject to approval. The Kinney Center also offers a "sibling discount" to families with more than one child enrolled in the same program.


Program Specifics:
The Youth Social Skills Program utilizes the principles of applied behavior analysis for both skill teaching and data analysis. Upon acceptance into the program, parents are asked to complete the Social Skills Solutions Checklist, which is used to create an individualized curriculum for each child. During each session, participants receive both a group lesson and a three station rotation of skill teaching. Data is collected on skill performance and behaviors in order to monitor progress and adjust instruction as needed. Age groups 11-14 and 15-18 offer opportunities for children to interact with neurotypical peers that facilitate age appropriate social interactions. If interested in neurotypical peer interaction for younger ages, our Camp Kinney program provides this opportunity for children ages 3 to 14 each summer.


Staff Specifics:
Kinney Center programing provides a service for children and their families, while training undergraduate students to work in the field. The direct care staff consists of undergraduates, known as SCHOLARS, who receive two weeks of intensive training upon acceptance into their role. In addition, Graduate Assistants within related fields manage the team of SCHOLARS, meeting on a weekly basis to discuss skill progress and suggested teaching activities. The program is lead by a full time staff member who is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Elementary and Special Education teacher. This staff member serves to train and supervise SCHOLARS in skill teaching procedures and behavioral interventions. The program manager is also available to complete functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans for students that present behavioral concerns during the program.

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