All of our groups have been reformatted this year and we think you will like it! Within this new structure, you will find more variety for meeting your child’s social goals and a wider range of therapeutic content. Children and teens with or without a current diagnosis are welcome!
Each group is led by a Lead Behavioural Interventionist and supported by a Behavioural Interventionist. Weekly group supervision is provided by a Behavioural Consultant. Guardians will receive a group report at the end of each module, summarizing the learning outcomes.
Curriculum: Connections Groups strive to integrate Social Thinking® concepts and related social skills curriculums, through fun and natural learning opportunities. Additional goals are added to each group based on individual therapeutic needs, observations from the Behavioural Consultant and specific guardian requests. Each module will present new content, which will be adapted to each participant’s unique needs and interests. *Little Steps Therapy Services is not affiliated with Think Social Publishing*
Groupings: Children will be grouped based on clinical suggestions, similar ages, common interests, staff availability and overall social dynamics. There will be 3-6 kids per group.
Location: Groups are located in the basement of the City Light Church (550 Obed Ave). Additional indoor and outdoor locations may be included, based on specific group goals.
Dates and Times: All groups will run in three modules. Fall: September 14-December 11, Winter: January 4-March 12 and Spring: April 6-June 18. Each group will be once a week, from 4:00-5:30 pm.
Cost: $67.50 for 1.5 hours (1 session of group) per week. This cost includes Clinical supervision, Lead Behavioral Interventionist and an assistant Behavioral Interventionist. Additional needs will be billed separately. All registered group clients will be billed for the entire module. Group fees can be paid via ASD funding or private pay.
Cancellation and Withdrawing Policies: 2 weeks notice is required to withdraw from a group. Outside of the 2 week withdraw notice, all missed sessions will be charged at the full rate. Group rates include planning time, materials, Clinical oversight, reports, and data tracking; all of which are included in the weekly fee.
New Health Protocols: Connections Groups have an extensive plan to ensure the well-being of all staff and clients. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the full Client Policies and Health Guidelines document.
Online Groups: Connections Groups will switch to online services if at any point during the year BC health conditions require us to do so. Guardians will be notified ASAP of any changes and will be required to fill out a Teletherapy permission form (email email@example.com for the printable form link)
Current Clients: Must be approved by the child’s clinical team before registering. Clients must fill out a registration form for each module, which will be released a couple of weeks before the start of each module.
- Current Online Registration Form: Please email Ikjot Kaur (Group Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org for the current module’s registration link
New Clients: All new clients must do a one-hour intake screening meeting, as well as at least one, one-hour intervention session at Little Steps – to assess their strengths and needs prior to being placed in a group. Please email email@example.com to set up a meeting.
Waitlist: Registration is open year long. Current and New Clients will be added to a waitlist for the next available group spot if the current groups are full and/or if the registration form is filled out later than the module deadline.
Current Connections Groups
Social Dynamics A
Introducing the trademark Social Thinking® concepts from Books 1-5. Includes the topics: thoughts and feelings, group plan, thinking with your eyes, body in the group, and whole body listening. Additional relevant social skills curriculums and therapeutic goals will be added based on guardian suggestions and clinical observations. Ages range from 5-7.
Social Dynamics B
Building on the Social Thinking® concepts from Books 1-5 and introducing the second set of trademark social thinking concepts from Books 6-10. Includes the additional topics of: smart guesses, flexible and stuck thinking, size of a problem, and sharing imagination. Additional relevant social skills curriculums and therapeutic goals will be added based on guardian suggestions and clinical observations. Ages range from 8-10.
Social Dynamics C
Introducing the pre-teen and middle school concepts of trademark Social Thinking® curriculum, while learning to apply all concepts within various social settings. Additional relevant social skills curriculum and therapeutic goals will be added based on guardian suggestions and clinical observations. Ages range from 11+.