Social Skills!

We will have 2 exciting groups running in early 2019!
Please contact us for a screening interview to determine if either of these programs is appropriate for your child:

Call: 516-331-1587, ext 101 (Dr. Kimberly Shamoun), ext 106 (Vanessa Patino)

or Click here to submit an inquiry from our website
Participation to be billed through health insurance. At this time we accept the following insurances:
United Healthcare, Oxford, Aetna, Empire BCBS, Magnacare

Please note that at this time, children and teens for these groups MUST have a diagnosis of Autism (F84.0) or Aspergers Syndrome (F84.5). We are sorry, but we cannot provide this service to others that might be in need due to current NYS regulations. If you want to help effect change on these regulations, please click this link for more info:
https://www.nysaba.org/single-post/2018/04/05/Lobbying-Day-is-May-7th-How-YOUR-VOICE-Will-Impact-Lawmakers-and-Public-Policy

PEERS® social skills training program for adolescents (ages 12‑18):

The PEERS® program for Adolescents is an evidence-based social skills intervention for teens in middle and high school who are interested in learning ways to make and keep friends. Teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session and between sessions. BIPS is pleased to provide the PEERS® program by certified PEERS® trainers for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

Topics of instruction

✔ Appropriate conversational skills

✔ Using humor appropriately

✔ Electronic communication

✔ How to enter & exit conversations

✔ Being a good host during get-togethers

✔ Being a good sport

✔ Handling arguments & disagreements

✔ Changing a bad reputation

✔ Handling rumors & gossip

✔ Handling rejection, teasing & bullying

Parent involvement

Parents are required to attend a separate group meeting at the same time, and are taught how to coach their teens in making and keeping friends. Parents will learn ways to help expand their teen’s social network, and provide feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.

Interested in participating?

Sessions will run every Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 PM for 14 weeks, starting February 20th 2019

CHILDREN’S
FRIENDSHIP
TRAINING

For children ages 7-11, BIPS will be running a social skills group program, at our office!

Sessions will run every Wednesday from 4:00-5:30 PM for 12 weeks, starting March 6th 2019.

Interested in participating?

What is the friendship training program?

The friendship training program is an evidence-based social skills intervention for school-aged children. Children are taught important social skills such as learning ways to make and keep friends, and are given the opportunity to practice in session and between sessions.

How can I, as a parent, assist my child through the process?

Parents are required to attend separate group sessions at the same time. In these group meetings, parents are taught how to support their children in making and keeping friends.

Overview of topics

✔ Two-way conversations

✔ Places and times to make friends

✔ Being turned down

✔ Rules of being a good sport

✔ Resisting teasing

✔ Play dates and being a good host

✔ Ways to stay out of a fight

✔ And more