The goals of social groups are to emphasizes social language and peer interaction in a group setting. Groups are led by a Speech and Language Specialist who is trained in managing group dynamics and facilitating social interactions through cooperative play and reciprocal conversation exchanges. Groups meet weekly either virtually or in-person to establish and maintain consistent and on-going friendships. Parents are taught ‘social vocabulary’ and learn to become instrumental social play facilitators. Children learn that social interactions can be enjoyable.
Who Participates in Social Groups?
Children who have mastered basic language concepts and are fluently using these language skills with adults, but are in need of organized practice interacting with their peers.
The AZA Approach
AZA United believes in a family-centered approach to service where parents and professionals work together to develop effective plans to help their children. Our Speech and Language Specialists are specifically trained to understand the unique characteristics of the autism diagnosis. Additionally, they are skilled in creating language opportunities between peers and facilitate social play interactions.
The following options are available to pay for Social Groups:
Private insurance benefits
Scholarships based on financial need
In some cases, DDD funding for group speech therapy may be available
For more information on how to access funding for services, click here.
If your are interested in signing your child up for our virtual social group program, fill out this form.