SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP
Socially Shaped is our year-round social skills program designed to provide an engaging curriculum for each child’s individual needs while being delivered in a group setting. Your child will participate in an engaging social curriculum with similarly aged peers to learn and develop important social skills. Social skills groups help children learn, develop, and practice how to communicate develop and build new friendships, acquire problem-solving skills, gain control over their emotions, and pay attention to others. The curriculum behind the fun is research driven and provides the opportunity for clinicians to monitor your child’s progress during their time in the group. Groups meet weekly throughout the year. Programs are offered during after school hours. Group sizes are small and are led by highly experienced BCBAs and Registered Behavior Technicians. We focus on skills such as:
Peer play | Conversation | Turn-taking | Cooperation | Listening Skills
Enrollment is ongoing and appropriate from preschool to 11-years old. Prior to group’s start, you will be required to complete a readiness assessment.
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a scientific, proven, evidence-based treatment that uses positive reinforcement, data analysis, visual supports, and parent/caregiver involvement in treatment.
S.H.A.P.E. Solutions provides individualized behavioral therapy based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The methods and strategies we use have been scientifically proven to benefit children with social, communication, and behavioral challenges, including autism. We work closely with you and your child to ensure the highest quality of care is committed to empowering families with the skills they need to flourish for the long-term. ABA therapy is the foundation of all we do. Building on this solid foundation, our approach is about devoting time and resources to clients and their families to fully understand the life that is, so we can work to improve the life that can be.
No matter your child’s individual needs, we can help in areas of behavior skills training, receptive language, expressive language, daily living skills, community integration, and social skills. Every child develops at their own rate. Every treatment plan personalized. Our goal is helping your child learn, grow, and ultimately reach their highest level of potential for happiness and success. Overall, we strive to capture a learner’s motivation to teach and reinforce new skills. Our holistic and collaborative approach involves parental input every step of the way and helps us design the most effective program for each child. We collaborate closely with teachers, daycare providers and other therapists to implement our holistic treatment model.
ABA is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, National Academies of Science, and the Surgeon General as the best practice for individuals with autism.
We work with children of all ages. The earlier we create new behaviors and skills, the stronger they are.
Parent training will equip you with the skills you need to work with and help your child. We’ll teach you as a parent how you can contribute to your child’s success with Applied Behavioral Analysis.
As an advocate for your child our Parent Training will also cover an array of topics facilitated by professionals. Our classes meet quarterly (Jan, April, July, and October) Once enrolled; attendance is required to receive a certificate of completion. enrollment is on a rolling basis, and you will be notified when the next session is set to start.
Our goal is for you to become your child’s first teacher, best advocate, and to share what you’ve learned with your community! An Informed Community is an Empowered Community!
S.H.A.P.E. Solutions provides advocacy services to parents to better support their understanding of their child's Individualized Education Plan, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Behavior Intervention Plan, or 504. We also guide for requesting psychoeducational testing and identifying potentially necessary services are provided. Furthermore, we support parents by encouraging an understanding of their educational rights as a parent of a child with an exceptionality.
A music therapy assessment takes place before any individual music therapy sessions are scheduled. During the assessment, we take the time to get to know the client, what their needs are, and how music therapy can be most beneficial for them. We will write a report based off data from the assessment and include recommended goals and objectives for music therapy sessions. The assessment typically lasts around an hour and a half. We spend the first half interviewing the client and family members or caregivers. The second half is spent working directly with the client and assessing need through music interventions.
Group music therapy sessions take place with individuals who share a similar need- such as socialization, emotional processing, or cognitive stimulation- from the music therapy sessions. These sessions are ideal for social skills groups., hospitals, behavioral health units. Group sessions also provide wonderful opportunities for socialization and a development of community. Sessions typically occur on a weekly basis but can occur several times a week if found appropriate.
Mental Health Services
Know that many young people with autism have significant behavioral challenges that include self-injurious behavior, aggression and wandering. And recent research has made clear that suicidal behavior is particularly common among those who are without an intellectual disability. These young people also have high rates of psychiatric disorders including anxiety, ADHD and mood disorders.
In addition to these issues, other autism-related health conditions can contribute to crisis episodes. These include disrupted sleep cycles and painful GI disorders. Mental health professionals draw from many types of treatments to address each patient’s needs. Psychological approaches can help people with ASD cope with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a psychological approach that focuses on learning the connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. During CBT, a therapist and the individual work together to identify goals and then change how the person thinks about a situation to change how they react to the situation.