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SOCIAL GROUPS

GROUPS

If you have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, “Social Skills” is a buzz word you are quite familiar with — and with good reason! Social skills are much more than being able to communicate with others. Children with deficits in social cognition struggle with initiating and maintaining relationships.

At Aaris, we take this challenge very seriously. We know it’s imperative that children learn how to initiate social events with expected eye contact and focus. It’s important for children to follow social cues like understanding figurative language, inferring other’s intentions from verbal and non-verbal messages, understand and use body language as well as interpreting others’ thoughts and feelings to be fully successful in our society.

Our Social Groups are aimed at helping children unlock their full potential in small group situations as well as in one-on-one therapies. Our therapists and social coaches integrate the most current and innovative practices from across the country to improve your child’s language, organizational skills and social conventions.

Groups meet weekly throughout the school year. Exact days and times of group will be announced once all registrations have been received. Groups are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at our Niles office location.

SMALL TALK

At Aaris, we know that there’s nothing stronger than a parent’s bond with their child. Our Small Talk group strengthens that bond while accelerating your child’s developmental growth. We focus on developing language and motor skills through our specialized interactive music therapy program designed for children 18 to 30 months of age and their parent/caregiver.

Music Therapy uses music to target goals across other developmental areas. You’ll discover how your child responds to musical elements such as melodies and rhythm, and how engaging in these activities helps them to achieve developmental milestones. Children will engage in tasks that provide them the opportunity to practice the development of language and vocabulary, motor skills and coordination, cognition and social interaction.

Our Music Therapist is a licensed and credentialed professional who earned her Masters Degree from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Classes are limited to 4 children and one parent/caregiver per child per session.

SUMMER ENRICHMENT

Our summer enrichment program is designed for students who struggle socially and with organization skills in their academic setting.

The program will use alternative types of therapy such as music therapy and yoga combined with speech/language therapy to improve language, communication, organization, thinking about others and what is expected as well as calming strategies for anxious moments.

We will explore working in groups and how that differs from working independently as well as the skills needed to do both!

WHERE

Tuesday/ Thursday groups are held at the
Aaris Niles Office

Wednesday groups will be held at the Body Bliss
Yoga Studio in Howland

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays; June: 19 – 28, July: 10 – 26 (closed the week of July 2)

PRESCHOOL

(ages 3-5) 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

TARGETED SKILLS

School readiness:
● Sitting at circle
● Walking in a line
● Waiting
● Working with letters/ numbers
● Recognize printed name
● Calendar: Days, Months

Communication and Social Skills:
● Adapted to your child’s needs – will assess strengths weaknesses and build from there
● Asking for help
● Moving from play beside peers to play with peers
● Using imagination
● Staying with the group

Exercise and music:
● Daily breathing and stretching
● Using Music to learn the basics

ELEMENTARY

(Grades Kdg-5th) 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

TARGETED SKILLS

School / Academics:
● Reasoning
● Inferring
● Task completion in a given timeframe
● Use of graphic organizers
● Deciphering math word problems

Communication and Social Skills:
● Focus on ‘just right’ length and content for audience and context
● Understanding and using personal space rules
● Understanding rules and when they apply
● Predicting others’ thoughts and feelings

Exercise and Music:
● Daily breathing and stretching
● Using music to infer and reason

MIDDLE

(grades 6th-9th) 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

TARGETED SKILLS

School/ Academics :
● Organization / Planning
● Time Management
● Independence
● Homework management
● Projects
● Extended response using graphic organizer

Communication and Social Skills:
● Code switching (talking to peers vs. adults)
● Navigating the lunch room
● Working in a group
● Understanding and responding to others’ thoughts and feelings
● Understanding and using humor

Exercise and Music:
● Daily breathing and stretching
● Using music to decrease anxiety

HOW TO REGISTER

**Cannot register for Wednesdays ONLY – must also include some Tues/Thurs office time for the best
therapeutic outcome of the program **CAN pick and choose which dates you will attend – space is limited
and will be honored
on a first REGISTERED / first serve basis

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HOW TO REGISTER if your child already attends Aaris therapy:
1.) Request Summer Enrichment intake be emailed to you

HOW TO REGISTER if your child is new to Aaris therapy:
1.) Call 330-505-1606 to schedule a consultation ($75 fee)
2.) After your consultation, a summer enrichment intake will be emailed to you
REGISTRATION FEE? This year we have waived the $50.00 registration fee

FINAL REGISTRATION DATE:
● For June dates of service, your child must be registered no later than June 5, 2018
● For July dates of service, your child must be registered no later than June 26, 2018
● REMEMBER: space is limited and your child will be placed on a first registered, first served basis
COST: $70 PER DAY (this is our best rate ever! That is only $35 per hour for therapy which includes working with a
speech/ language/ social skills therapist and a music therapist every day!)

WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE?
● June dates of service must be paid in full by June 12, 2018
● July dates of service must be paid in full by June 29, 2018
● Payment methods include: Check, Credit Card, Jon Peterson and Autism Scholarship
● Any sessions canceled after June 14th are subject to a $25 per day cancel fee

EVALUATIONS

At Aaris, we offer a range of evaluations to determine your child’s needs in the areas of social skills and cognition. From a brief consultation to a comprehensive evaluation to develop a multi-therapy treatment plan, we can give you the information you need to make informed decisions for your child.

AARIS
THERAPY
GROUP

(330)-505-1606
tiffany.h@aaristherapy.com

950 Youngstown-Warren Rd.
Suite A Niles Ohio 44446