Friendship and Social Groups

A Balanced Approach offers Friendship Groups for children who experience difficulties navigating the social world around them.

Our groups are not ASD specific; they are geared toward children who have strong language skills but may require extra support developing social skills. Children have the opportunity to learn important social skills in a fun, supportive environment with their peers.

Our groups take a break in the summer and resume in September. Please contact us at office.manager@abawaterloo.ca to see what we’re offering at A Balanced Approach for the fall, winter, and spring terms.

* Minimum registration required for Friendship Groups.

Our Groups:

  • Use evidence-based practices of Applied Behaviour Analysis, and group facilitators are overseen by a Board Certified Behaviour Analysts
  • Offer high instructor-to-participant ratios ensuring your child receives the support and attention they need
  • Offer a variety of fun interactive activities including: crafts, games, drama and theme days
  • Weekly themes to provide a fun and safe respite environment
  • Each group lasts for fifteen weeks.
  • Group registration and placement is based on an initial intake meeting with our Seniour Clinician, Shauna Pavone.
  • Intake and placement meetings for the fall session will take place in July.

Chatter Buddies

Fall session (Recommended for grades 3-6)

September 9th – December 20th 

Tuesdays 6:00 – 7:30 pm

$ 855.00 for 15 week session 

This session in Chatter Buddies we will explore topics focusing on mindfulness and conversations with others around the following topics:

  • Cooperative activities
  • Self regulation
  • Perspective talking
  • Mindful listening & Acceptance
  • Following social rules

Maintaining Friendships

Fall session (Recommended for grades 6-8)

September 9th – December 20th 

Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:30 pm

$ 855.00 for 15 week session

Come learn the skills to be an amazing friend! This course will focus on the skills required to develop friendships and how to maintain those friendships over time. We will also practice staying in the present moment and building psychological flexibility.

This session we will be covering the following topics:

  • Cooperative activities
  • Perspective talking
  • Mindful listening & Acceptance
  • Safe technology use

Social Saturday’s

Fall session (Recommended for any age)

September 9th – December 20th 

Saturday’s 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

$ 1 500.00 for 15 week session

This weekly themed program is designed just for fun!

Themes are chosen based on interests, we take a suggested topic and build from there. Week 1 we will be using mindful strategies while we focus on playing games and taking turns with creative activities centered around ARTS AND CRAFTS.

Other suggested themes may include: 

  • Mad Science
  • Animal Planet
  • Green Thumb Gardening
  • Crazy Cooking
  • Dino Mania
  • Super Space Jam

Please call or email our office for further information and to schedule your child’s registration intake. 

office.manager@abawaterloo.ca

519-342-4666 

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