The Belin-Blank Center Assessment and Counseling Clinic is pleased to invite students with social skills challenges (either due to ASD or another diagnosis) to apply for participation in a social skills intervention group. Students should be in grades 6 through 8 and demonstrate high ability and/or achievement on the Iowa Assessments, Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), or other individually-administered assessment measures (e.g., Wechsler scales). Recruitment for the group will take place from February 16, 2015 through February 27, 2015. Group sessions will be conducted on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 beginning in March 2015. There will be approximately 8 group sessions, and parents will be asked to participate in a one-time interview about their child’s experience at the conclusion of the intervention. Parents, students, and the students’ teacher will also be asked to complete rating scales regarding the student’s psychosocial functioning.
The social skills group will be part of a research study examining the effectiveness of particular interventions with high ability students that have been developed by experts in the field of ASD. There will be no charge for this service. Interested families are encouraged to contact Nancy Whetstine, the clinic secretary, at 319-335-6148/800-336-6463 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will be screened for inclusion in the group, and the intervention implemented will be tailored to the specific needs of the group based on information obtained during the recruitment process. We look forward to hearing from you!