The Queen’s Psychology Clinic is offering 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. The group is based on the PEERS Social Skills Training program. During each 2- hour 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 Autism Spectrum Disorder (without a 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: Anticipated start September 2021. Times and format will be chosen in consultation with group participants and in line with COVID-19 public health guidelines.
Where: The Psychology Clinic at Queen’s, 184 Barrie St., Kingston ON
Fees: $400 for 16 2-hour sessions. We understand that clients receiving support from ODSP may be eligible for reimbursement of this fee. In addition, there will be a limited number of reduced rate spaces available for clients in financial need. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for one of these spaces on the referral form
Make a Referral: Please complete the Adult ASD Social Skills Group Electronic Referral Form