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Social Skills Training Group for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Queen’s Psychology Clinic is beginning a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for high-functioning young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), who are interested in learning skills to make and keep friends and develop romantic relationships. During each group session, young adults are taught important social skills and are given an opportunity to practice these skills. This small group will be led by three therapists who will provide structured lessons and examples each class. Sessions will focus on topics such as maintaining conversations, the appropriate use of humour, how to handle conflict, how to organize successful get-togethers, and dating etiquette. The goal of the group is to increase participants’ social skills and knowledge, to improve their existing relationships and help them develop new ones.

Who: Motivated young adults (aged 18 – 30), with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (no concurrent diagnosis of Intellectual Disability). Please note that since the group focuses on social skills training, it is not appropriate for individuals who are currently in crisis due to difficulties with emotion regulation or other mental health concerns. If you have any questions about these criteria please don’t hesitate to contact us.

When: 5:30 – 7:00 PM on Tuesday evenings, from March 6 – June 19 (16 sessions). Regular attendance is imperative.

Where: Queen’s Psychology Clinic, 184 Barrie St., Kingston ON

Fees: Sliding scale

Referral Form (PDF, 406 KB)  Fees (PDF, 172 KB)

Submit your referral by February 22nd to be considered for this group!