Ratio Social Skills Groups
ACES Ratio Social Skills Group is provided to clients authorized to access this service. So, this will need a recommended service for your child by their ACES Assessor or Supervisor.
ACES Ratio Social Skills groups provide ABA therapy services to a group of clients in a ratio of up to 4 clients to one clinical staff. When there are more than 4 clients placed in any one group, a supporting clinician is assigned to the group to keep the group in ratio. Ratio Social Skills Groups may have up to 8 clients in the group. The clients are grouped together by age.
ACES Ratio Social Skills groups are for clients who meet the prerequisites and have an authorized service code of ratio skills. Clients attending Ratio Social Skills Groups typically have targeted areas of concern in the domains of socialization or communication. Each Ratio social skills client has an individualized treatment plan and goals which are developed, monitored, and modified by a BCBA on a regular monthly basis.
Groups typically run one time per week in the clinic for approximately 3 hours in duration. There is a framework designed from the latest research on social skills training and typically incorporates the following group activities:
- Talk time or meeting time
- Cooperative whole group activities
- Snack or lunch
- Social movement games
- Tabletop or structured activities
- Interactive unstructured social time
- A social skills lesson
There is a vast array of skills that are targeted in a group setting. Each client has individualized goals that align with the group curriculum and typically are similar to what the other peers in the group are learning. Some skills addressed by the curriculum include:
- Introducing Yourself
- Giving and Receiving Compliments
- Listening During Conversation
- Basic Emotions
- Body Language
- Joining a Group
- Social Thinking
- Using Body to Communicate
- Understanding Others
- Problem Solving
- Fixing Mistakes
- Controlling Anger
- Trading Information
- Electronic Communication
- Appropriate Use of Humor
- Handling Rumors and Gossip
- Handling Disagreements
Each group incorporates these skills by providing fun age-appropriate activities that keep clients engaged and motivated while learning and practicing new skills. Some of the most common strategies used in a peer group are pivotal response training, social skills training, and visual strategies.
The ultimate goal of these groups is to help our clients generalize their skills from a small group with peers with support and then to the natural setting.
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