Building Social Skills

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.

Please register for the program and pay the registration fee by clicking below. Scholarship opportunities available.

For more information please contact the facilitator of this program, Sandy Norris, at


For more information

Please contact our program leader Sandy Norris at

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Building Social Skills Program with SMCR

Autism Spectrum Disorder is complex, and affects the way that a person sees the world. This often leaves a need for social skills practice to acquire independence in life and to assist in the formation of lasting relationships with others.

Program Details

This program is open to 12 participants. It will be held on Saturday mornings at 9:30am. From April 3 to June 26, 2021. The cost will be $100 for the 12 week program. Scholarships for cost adjustments is available if needed. Registration is underway now.

What to Expect

This program will be primarily based on the PEERS program from the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA which would utilize the textbook and 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 brain-based learning.

Our 12-week program

Week 1

Trading information and starting conversations, 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!

About ABA

Applied Behavior Therapy is used to understand how and why behavior occurs, how behavior is affected by our environment and how learning is put into practice in the real world. ABA is known to increase language and communication, and improve social skills, academics, memory focus and attention while helping to foster a sense of independence from unwanted behaviors.

Conscious Discipline

Evidence based and research based understanding of social and emotional learning. Conscious Discipline uses a brain based curriculum that allows us to see where our most innate behaviors come from and how to manage our understanding of the brain's capacity to help us achieve a sense of balance independent of the environment in which we live, therefore creating consciousness of our choices and understanding why those choices occur at the brain level.