"With a variety of activities all based on improvisational acting, Shenanigans develops skills to help Asperger and High Functioning Autism teens understand the complex hidden rules of human communication, learn to think more flexibly, make friends, and - most of all - have fun!" www.shenanigansimprov.com
A new class is Code breakers - uses improv to help teens work through interpersonal challenges in the workplace, in the community, and in relationships.
Sandy Bruce 770-354-5770
Cornerstone Asperger Social Theory Group for Teens
Since coming to DeKalb County we have searched for a social therapy group for Aspie/High functioning autism teens, that went beyond mere "social skills training." The only one we have found in metro Atlanta is Cornerstone. It is remarkable.... 3 to 8 teens "get real" with each other about any and all issues they are facing, in life and between each other, overseen by 2 present LMFTs. The result for our son is that he can develop and maintain friendships for the first time in his life. Group meets in Marietta twice a month
Thursday from 7-8pm
Jennifer Vann 770-910-2753
Clay White Social Club Program
Therapeutic programs, activity-based and sensory driven. In the past they had a Saturday evening weekly outing for teens.
Beyond Words Center for Social Skills Training
1762 Century Center Blvd. Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30345.
Specialized training for children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing problems in social situations. Classes as well as individual tutoring sessions offered.
http://www.beyondwordscenter.com/ (Note prior to participating in a group they want to evaluate your child, even if you have a current evaluation. Their evaluation costs $500. Our Asperger tween was placed in a small group of 4 other children without a diagnosis. Though at first we thought this was positive, our son became the "weird" kid in the group. Ultimately he refused to go.)
Acting Social Social Skills Group
Miller Psychological Associates 6740 Jamestown Drive, Alpharetta GA
Tel: 770-833-9966 Fax: 678-339-1222
Creators of this program state formal social skills training is more effective when social skills are directly taught, cognitive aspects are addressed, and peer role-models and role-playing and videotaping methods are utilized. All of these elements are incorporated into the program, which generally seeks to improve participants' ability to read and respond appropriately to social cues, develop deep and lasting friendships, and verbally communicate effectively. (I don't personally know about this program, got this information from a document online of social groups).
Lasonya Jackson, M.S. Ed., CCC-SPL
Tutors ASD kids, reading comprehension and executive functioning issues
3487 Umatilla Lane SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
She has tutored our son since spring 2011. Fall 2012 he had a 4.0 GPA and spring 2013 a 4.5.
Emory Autism Monarch Tutorial Program
Great program, but in 2 years we had 3 tutors leave. For ASD kids with transition issues this can be challenging. It was hard to believe, but each new tutor was somehow even better than the last. Emory attracts awesome teachers- probably because of their name. The salary they pay isn't enough to retain them. When Lasonya Jackson (our current tutor) left Emory, we followed her.
Emory Autism Center
1551 Shoup Court
Atlanta 30329 404-727-8350
Spectrum Autism Support Group for Teens
Spectrum has programs throughout the year – Summer Camps, social groups and weekends away. Check their website. Our son attended the summer camp and liked it.
Dekalb Decatur YMCA
Individual training for teens as well as group training. Mario has worked with our son and has been great!
Dee Torres Physical Trainer and Nutritionist
Works as a trainer at the YMCA on Campbelton Road in Atlanta. From her home she works with individual clients, including the disabled. She has worked with our son for 4 years, paid for by Easter Seals. She lives in downtown Decatur.
Champions for Children
Easter Seals provides grants to pay for approved Autism related activities/therapies. You must first be denied the Katie Beckett waiver. We were able to use it to pay for Cornerstone Asperger Social Theory Group, summer programs through Spectrum and Shenanigans. Grant amount varies, but was $2,000 last year.
Easter Seals contact Susan Zakeri 404-943-1070 ext. 127
Dekalb County School Asperger Social Group
The school district started this monthly group last year. It was great, but only our son and 2 other students attended. After a year of low turnout, we expect they will discontinue it.
If you are interested, call Kimberly Burgan ASAP at 678-676-2129 and tell her you want it to continue so that your teen can attend.
Georgia Community Support Solutions
A non-profit that provides community-based services and supports to people with disabilities (not just autism) and their families. Like Easter Seals they give you a grant to pay for approved services (the grant is about $800.) They also provide respite care. The facility they use is a new one story house in Conyers called Haven House. There are 4 teens there at a time. Each has their own bedroom with a bathroom and HD TV. It is of 4 star hotel quality (when my son attended they did not have Wi Fi- which was a problem). They have 2 staff members and during the weekend they do activities such as bowling. They have respite throughout the year including week long during the winter holidays and school breaks. We saw it as a social opportunity for our son to connect with other kids. You will want to make sure the teens that will be in respite with your son or daughter are functioning on or near the same level as your teen.
Rachael Barron, Parent Advocate
1649 North Decatur Road
494-607-1600 ext 105
Many of the services requested from the School District we got with the help of Rachel.
Parent to Parent
Staffed by trained parents. A source of all kinds of helpful info.