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“Rose, I’m not sure how to plan a session. I have 5 autistic students that I need to see for group therapy to work on social language instruction and I am not sure what activities to plan to help them remain engaged and work on their individual and social language goals.”

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received this question in an email from one of my listeners! So today’s episode I am sharing my customizable framework for planning group therapy, along with some great resources, activity ideas, and freebies!

 

Group Therapy Framework

Tools: SmartBoard or iPad for sharing visuals with group.

1. Question of the Day

  • Try a “Would You Rather” or other choice based question.
  • Have students come up to tally their choice, encourage interaction with next peer
  • Check out my Let’s Talk and Would You Rather resources for the SmartBoard

2. Literacy Based Activity

  • Read an adapted book with real-life pictures, real-life scenarios (book should have one sentence, one picture – I have linked some I created but feel free to DIY your own!)
  • Pull up book on large screen, smart board, or iPad
  • Read TOGETHER, differentiate reading by having students read known sight words

3. Extension Based Activity

  • Expand and dig deeper on the functional vocabulary related to the adapted book
  • Try a simple writing activity 
  • Another great idea is categorizing and labeling based on the book

4. Leisure Based Activity

  • A fun activity that our kids love and can be generalized at home
  • Relevant to use over the lifespan
  • Ideas: Modified Uno, Modified Connect Four, The Grocery Store Game, Yoga

I have linked all of the resources and freebies I shared today that can be used in this customizable framework for planning group therapy sessions for autistic learners, be sure to check them out!

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What's Inside:

  • A framework for planning group therapy instruction for autistic learners.
  • Free activities for group therapy.
  • What shared goals can you work on within group therapy?
  • How can group therapy benefit all learners?
  • How to facilitate peer-to-peer interaction in group therapy.
  • Encouraging participation and social engagement in a group.

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