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Teen and Young Adult Social Skills Group

What is Social Skills Group?

It is a program for teens and young adults to develop and improve social interaction abilities in a learning atmosphere designed to be supportive, relaxed, and encouraging.

What is the cost?

Cost is $20 per 90-minute weekly session.

Who is eligible?

The following criteria are used as guidelines for inclusion in the Social Skills Group:

  • AGE: Teens/young adults between 13-25 years of age (Note: Clients older than 25 will be considered on a case-by-case basis).
  • DIAGNOSIS: Participation is not contingent on a specific diagnosis; however, one or more of the following may be present: Asperger’s Syndrome, Nonverbal Learning Disability, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, or related diagnosis/characteristics.
  • CAPABILITIES: Must be able to interact for a 90-minute period, cognitively process abstract concepts, and productively engage in verbal discussions and activities

What is the structure of the sessions?

There are two segments to each session:

  • A 30-minute one-on-one segment includes preparation for concepts to be covered in group and individualized instruction.
  • A 60-minute group segment includes a variety of activities, including games, video discussions, cooperative learning activities, and role play in the clinic and nearby community settings.

What are the learning goals?

The overarching focus is to expose clients to specific concepts and strategies typically used in successful interpersonal communication, utilizing treatment frameworks and curricula developed by Jed Baker, Elizabeth Laugeson, Michelle Garcia Winner, and others.

Specific skills include:

  • Improving effective conversational skills for personal and business settings,
  • Learning to respond to people/situations in expected ways and better adapt socially, as needed,
  • Increasing perspective-taking ability to better discern the thoughts, feelings, background, and motives of others, and
  • Using eyes, ears, and brain for accurate assessment of verbal and non-verbal cues in social contexts

Who are the instructors?

Under the guidance and supervision of Melinda Dolan, a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist, master’s speech-language pathology students meet with their assigned clients one-on-one and work collaboratively to plan and lead the group time.

Where can I get more information or enroll?

UNM Speech-Language-Hearing Center

Phone: (505) 277-4453
E-mail: sphrsci@unm.edu