Adolescent Group Treatment Sessions

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Adolescent Group Treatment Sessions is a group intervention appropriate for TEACCH clients ages 13-17 years with high-functioning autism. This intervention will utilize a combination of group and individual sessions for both the adolescents and their parents. 

The group portion consists of a 1 hour 15 minute interactive lecture (held separately for the adolescents and parents) where we will discuss the characteristics of autism, how autism impacts the lives of the adolescent and strategies to increase independence.

Each week, one adolescent and his/her parent(s) will have a 45 minute individual session to address adolescent and/or parent(s) concerns. Families alternate through so that each family will receive 2-3 individual sessions during the course of the intervention.

The parents will each have one 45 minute individual session.

There will be a total of 9 group sessions. All parents and adolescents stay for the 1 hour 15 minutes group session. One family will stay the full two hours on their assigned day for individual sessions.

Topics will include:     

  • Understanding Autism
  • Organization and Planning
  • Social Issues and Peers
  • Communication
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Puberty, Hygiene, and Sexuality
  • Emotional Regulation/Coping Skills
  • Increasing Independence

Group sessions will take place Friday afternoons from 3:00 - 5:00pm.

Families who are interested in participating in this group should contact the Chapel Hill TEACCH Center at 919-966-5156.