Youth Social Skills ProgramCost: $350.00 - 8-week program
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Registration for the Fall 2014 session is now open.
The Kinney Centerís Youth Social Skills Program is designed for children with autism, ages 3 to 13 years old (for ages 14 to 18 years old, see Transitional Social Skills Program). This program focuses on teaching and improving social interaction skills in a group-learning environment. The program sessions are one hour in length, meeting once a week across eight weeks, with the exception of certain holiday/university breaks. Meeting times vary according to age group.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
TThe Youth Social Skills Program utilizes principles of applied behavior analysis in all skill teaching and data analysis. Upon acceptance into the program, parents complete a comprehensive survey of the applicantís current skill repertoire, via the Social Skills Solutions Checklists by Kelly McKinnon, M.A., BCBA and Janis Krempa, M.Ed., BCBA. An individualized social skills curriculum is designed for each participant based on the parentís assessment. During the program, participants receive a group lesson and three station rotations of skill teaching. Data is collected on skill performance and behaviors, in order to monitor progress and adjust instruction as needed. The 11-13 year old age group offers 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.
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.