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The Watson Institute offers social skills therapy groups specifically designed for children on the Autism Spectrum (Asperger’s, PDD NOS, High Functioning Autism). Provided by Psychological Services at Watson, these groups offer specific training in many social survival skills, including:
Emotional regulation (anxiety, depression, anger)
How to assess and handle teasing and bullying
Applying new skills in "real world" community settings
The groups use cognitive-behavioral interventions, making use of the strengths of the children to teach them to compensate for their weaker areas. The groups meet weekly for ninety minute sessions, allowing time for skills training and the practicing of new skills during “socialization time.” Groups are offered in different age categories, beginning with age 6 through adolescence. An optional parent group is offered concurrently with many groups.
Here are some of the kids' impressions of group:
Groups are currently offered in Sewickley, Sharpsburg and Upper St. Clair. Most services are billable to primary insurance or medical assistance.
To learn more, please call Watson Psychological Services at (412) 749-6425. To enroll, please complete our intake form.
Click here for a printable brochure outlining group therapy times and locations.