ABA-Based Social Skills Therapy in Houston, TX
Welcome to Club TLC, Behavior TLC’s social skills group for students with autism! Club TLC is an after-school ABA program that is intended to improve and teach social skills, peer interactions, and leisure activities!
We get a lot of questions about Social Skills and ABA Therapy for autism. So, we wanted to start at the beginning with our answers!
What Is Social Skills Group Therapy?
Club TLC uses a behavior analytic approach to equip participants to handle a wide range of social situations by breaking requisite skills into a series of steps. Under the guidance of Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Club TLC tracks participants’ progress in developing these skills across sessions. Dependent upon the individuals in each session, a variety of mediums may be used in group therapy sessions, including:
- Traditional Group Lessons
- Group Games
- Video Lessons
- Therapist facilitated conversations
- Real-life and In-Community Training
- Scenario Modeling
- Self and Parent-Guided Homework
- Peer Modeling
- Token Economies
Who Is The Right Fit For A Social Skills Group?
When creating a meaningful social skills group, the BCBAs at Behavior TLC take great care in placing each individual in a group that will support success. Through parent and participant interviews and skill assessment, data are gathered that allow for ideal groups to be created. Factors such as shared interests, current activities, age, grade, and social needs are examples of participant characteristics that are given consideration.
What Is Taught During Social Skills Therapy?
Club TLC uses various assessment tools to guide instruction, including Socially Savvy: An Assessment and Curriculum Guide for Young Children and the Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS). Data collected through these assessments are also used to ensure that optimal peer groups are assembled, accounting for students’ age and their social needs.
The Club TLC program social skills group touches on many social, adaptive, vocational, and self-help topics. These topics are derived from the research-based curriculum, The PEERS Curriculum. Created at UCLA by Elizabeth Laugeson1, the PEERS is a socially validated curriculum for peer-based social groups. Club TLC also incorporates the teachings of Social Thinking by Dr. Michelle Garcia Winner2, a well-known social skills clinician.
Examples of topics that may be addressed throughout sessions include:
- Introductions (i.e., maintaining appropriate eye contact, selecting a greeting, etc.)
- Starting/joining conversations; continuing conversations
- Trading Information Electronic Communication (varies)
- Participating in Holidays and social gatherings
- Choosing Appropriate Friends
- Making friends in the community
- Addressing bullying/teasing
1. Laugeson, E. A. (2014). The PEERS curriculum for school-based professionals: Social skills training for adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder. New York: Routledge
How Do I Join Club TLC?
Contact one of our office staff or a BCBA directly today to get the process rolling. We have open enrollment periods before the term start date. But, slots often fill up quickly and are limited so get your name on the list as soon as you can to ensure a spot! We have tours of the facility daily and helpful BCBAs to answer all questions! Club TLC accepts most insurance plans as well!
Session Schedule and Tuition
Four Club TLC Sessions will be held during the 2022-23 school year. Each Session is comprised of 20, two-hour lessons that are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:15-6:15 pm.
Who Is Behavior TLC?
Club TLC is Part of Behavior TLC – An ABA Therapy Clinic with locations in Clear Lake and Cypress, Texas. The clinics are based around full-time day treatment therapy in one-on-one and group settings. In the clinic setting, we offer a full array of services from decreasing severe maladaptive behaviors, speech acquisition, and adaptive skills like feeding and toileting, to early learner skills, and more. If you feel that you may be looking for a more encompassing daily treatment approach please feel free to contact one of our team members for a consultation!