Spring Social Skills Program Begins April 3, 2021 – Register Today!
Enrollment is now open for a Spring Social Skills Program with Southern Maryland Community Resources (SMCR). This 12-week virtual program is designed to educate, enhance and promote independence among adolescents through adulthood by learning social skills in a group format.
This program is open to 12 participants. It will be held on Saturday mornings, 9:30-11:00 am from April 3 to June 26, 2021. The cost will be $100 for the 12-week program. Scholarships for cost adjustments are available, if needed.
This program is primarily based on the PEERS program from the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, utilizing The PEERS Curriculum for School-Based Professionals: Social Skills Training for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder 1st Edition. Some teachings will be based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy and Conscious Discipline (trauma responsive social and emotional) brain-based learning.
The program, designed to encourage understanding, diversity and friendships, will cover the following skills:
Week 1 – Trading information and starting & maintaining conversation
Week 2 – Finding a source of friends
Week 3 – Electronic communication
Week 4 – Appropriate use of humor
Week 5 – Entering group conversations and exiting a conversation
Week 6 – Get-togethers and social gatherings
Week 7 – Handling disagreements
Week 8 – Handling bullying
Week 9 – Who is family, acquaintance, community helper, friend?
Week 10 – Handling my feelings and emotions
Week 11 – Public vs. private conversation
Week 12 – Moving forward, celebrations!
Contact: Sandy Norris
Southern Maryland Community Resources / Community Outreach Coordinator