Autism Spectrum Social Skills Group in Chesterfield, VA

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder impairs the brain’s development of both verbal and nonverbal communication skills. Common characteristics include low motivation for social engagement, challenges associated with initiating friendships, communication difficulties , and an inability to understand social rules and body language.

How common is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. ASD is about 4.5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189). ADDM Network fact sheet

What does Spectrum mean?

Like all of us individuals diagnosed with Autism have a wide range of strengths, weaknesses, skills and challenges. The term “spectrum” in ASD means that each person can be affected in different ways, and symptoms can range from mild to severe.

Essential Features of Effective Treatment:

Research has shown that early intensive behavioral intervention positively impacts learning, communication and social skills.

Multidisciplinary involvement including Physicians, Mental Health Professionals, Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapists best arms individuals and families to navigate the unique challenges associated with an ASD diagnosis.

Any treatment should be guided by specific and measurable treatment goals. Progress towards these goals should be assessed at regular intervals.

Finally, successful treatment interventions require that the core areas affected by Autism be targeted. These areas include: social skills, language and communication and daily living living skills.

How Can Thriveworks Chesterfield help?

Adolescents and young adults with Autism can benefit from services that promote maturation into independence , the development of daily living skills and the establishment of social interaction skills that promote inclusion.

Thriveworks Chesterfield offers an 8 week curriculum (PEERS® for Young Adults) based program involving the following:

  • Individualized Intake Assessment
  • Pre and Post Group Assessment
  • Structured 60 minute group Therapy Sessions using the following 3- Step Process:
    • Open Discussion
    • Skill Presentation and Role Play
    • Feedback and Reinforcement


PEERS® Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills was originally developed as a parent-assisted intervention focusing transitional youth with ASD who were having difficulty making and keeping friends. The intervention is now widely used for youth with all types of social challenges. It is intended for higher functioning youth and adults desiring to learn how to develop close, meaningful relationships. Instruction, Role Play Demonstration and Perspective Taking Questions are used to enhance teaching and promote skill acquisition.

The Young Adult Social Skills Group offered by Thriveworks Chesterfield offers training that focuses on:

  • Self Esteem and Identity Development
  • Feelings Identification and Emotional Expression
  • Assessment and Increasing Motivation for Social Interaction
  • Conversational Skills
    • greetings, initiating and maintaining social interaction, giving and receiving compliments
  • Stress Management
  • Interpersonal Self Awareness
    • verbal and nonverbal communication

Winter 2018 Group Schedule

Tuesday Evenings 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

May 29
June 5
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June 19
July 3
July 10
July 17
July 24
July 31

Ages 15 (9th grade) to Mid-Twenties

Insurance and self pay are accepted (Per session self pay rate of 75.00 with a discounted 8 session group rate available of 350.00).

Autism Spectrum Parent & Caregiver Support Group

The NEW Parent & Caregiver Support Group will debut Spring of 2018, and is open to all parents and caregivers with who have a family member enrolled in the Autism Spectrum Social Skills Group. The Parent and Caregiver Group will take place on the same dates and times as the Autism Spectrum Social Skills Group, making your attendance convenient! Group participation is limited to 12 and if space is available will be open to parents and caregivers that do not have loved ones enrolled in the ASD Social Skills Group.

The Parent & Caregiver Support Group will cover a variety of topics including:

  • processing challenges specific to raising a child with an Autism Spectrum diagnosis
  • balancing advocacy for your loved one with self-care, pursuing personal and professional goals
  • psycho-education on symptoms, parenting techniques, resources, and issues surrounding transitioning to adulthood and independence

The ASD Parent and Caregiver Support Group with be led by a licensed mental health professional with extensive experience working with children with an Autism Spectrum diagnosis. The group will seek to deepen your understanding of your child, while learning specific tools and techniques to further support not only the success of your child but of your entire family.

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  • 9846 Lori Rd., Suite 201
    Chesterfield , VA 23832

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