In 2009, Marillac launched Discovery, an outpatient social skills training program for children and teens with Asperger Syndrome or similar challenges in social interaction (such as Nonverbal Learning Disorder, PDD-NOS, or even Giftedness). The program is designed for high-functioning youths ages 8-17 with normal-to-high IQ and verbal skills, who don’t exhibit aggression or severe hyperactivity, but nonetheless have trouble “fitting in,” making friends, and adjusting their behavior to fit a variety of social situations.
Discovery teachers, who have graduate degrees in Special Education/Autism and Asperger Syndrome, use evidence-based techniques such as video modeling, role playing, positive reinforcement, and direct instruction to teach vital social skills such as:
Engaging in back-and-forth, age-appropriate conversation
Taking turns and winning/losing gracefully
Asking other children to play
Interpreting facial expressions and body language
Asking for help when frustrated
And many more!
Discovery social skills groups meet on Saturdays during the school year, and twice-per-week during the months of June and July.
For more information, or to arrange for a free intake interview, call (913) 951-4466.