Social and Life Skills Groups

CCR’s Social and Life Skills Groups offer important practices and coping skills for children with ASD and/or developmental needs and their parents.

CCR offers the following Social and Life Skills Groups:

Junior & Senior Social Skills Group

Social Skills Groups consist of 8 two-hour weekly sessions that teach youth with ASD about Autism Spectrum Disorder including:

  • each person’s strengths and needs,
  • the connections between thoughts-feelings-actions,
  • coping skills (e.g. self-management, self-monitoring, emotion regulation),
  • social skills (e.g. social boundaries, perspective taking, nonverbal & contextual cues; personal space, tone of voice, conversational turn- taking, relationships, social rules)
  • as well as how behaviour and the unwritten rules of social conduct are related.

Skills are developed or enhanced through scripts, modeling, role-play, practice and coaching in- and out of sessions. Generalization and maintenance across people, settings, topics/tasks is emphasized with caregivers, teachers, and peers as appropriate.

Groups are divided by age: Junior 10-13 years and Senior 14-17 years.

Secret Agent Society (SAS)

The Secret Agent Society (SAS) Program, designed by Dr. Renae Beaumont from the Social Skills Institute in Australia, is evidence-based and uses exciting games and activities to improve the social skills and emotional understanding of 8 to 12 year olds with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), including Asperger’s Syndrome.

The program includes 9 sessions that run throughout the school year:

  1. How to recognize simple and complex emotions in themselves and others.
  2. How to express feelings in appropriate ways.
  3. How to cope with feelings of anger and anxiety.
  4. How to start, continue and end conversations and play activities with others.
  5. How to tell the difference between friendly joking and mean teasing.
  6. How to manage bullying.
  7. How to cope with making mistakes.
  8. How to handle new situations and ask for help when needed.
  9. How to make friends.

Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relationship Skills (PEERS)

The UCLA Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relationship Skills (PEERS) is a 14-week evidence-based social skills intervention for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders.

During each group session teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during real play activities (e.g. playing sports, board games, etc.).

Parents are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.

Topics of instruction include:

How To…

  • use appropriate conversational skills
  • find common interests by trading information
  • appropriately use humour
  • enter and exit conversations between peers
  • handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
  • handle rumours and gossip
  • be a good host during get-togethers
  • make phone calls to friends
  • choose appropriate friends
  • be a good sport
  • handle arguments and disagreements
  • change a bad reputation

Enhancing Independent Behaviour (EIB)

Enhancing Independent Behaviour facilitates teaching opportunities for life skills with a focus on adaptive and social skills in 8 weekly two- hour sessions focusing on specific goals tailored to each participant’s individual needs.

Homework is an important component to allow participants to generalize their skills to other environments. Clients are asked to practice their acquired skills in the home and school setting.


Social and Life Skills Groups are available in the Sudbury/Manitoulin, Algoma, Kenora/Rainy River, and Thunder Bay Districts.

*Not all groups are available in each district. Contact your local Intake Agency for group availability in your area.

How to Get Started

Children and Youth are deemed suitable for these groups through the Intake Process, and placed on a waiting list. Contact your local Intake Agency to get started.

Social Skills Groups may also be accessed when identified as appropriate by the Community ABA Consultant or Clinician who works with the youth.