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The University of Minnesota Autism Spectrum and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Clinic offers several evidence-based treatment groups throughout the year, including groups to address social skills, making and keeping friends, anxiety, and transitioning to adulthood. 

Our group participants

Many of our group participants have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis, but all groups are open to individuals with other neurodevelopmental and social-emotional concerns (e.g., ADHD, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities). We are happy to help your family find a group that will best meet your needs. 

Group meeting location

All groups are held within our clinic at 717 Delaware Street SE.

Cost

Appointments are billed to insurance.  

Make an Appointment

If you are interested in having your family participate in any of our groups, please contact our Clinic Supervisor, Brianna, at 612-625-3617 option #3 to schedule an intake with Dr. Rebekah Hudock. Participants are enrolled on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Transitioning Together

Transitioning Together

This group focuses on information and skills needed for teens and young adults and their families as they transition to adulthood.

Ages 14-21

Now enrolling for winter and spring groups!

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Thursdays from 6:00-7:30 pm

10 week group, 90 minutes each

  • This group will include teens and young adults with ASD or a related developmental disability and at least one caregiver.
  • The program is designed for young adults between the ages of 14-21. We will run two groups based on ages of young adults interested.
  • This group will focus on important issues regarding transitioning to adulthood, such as autism in adulthood, post-secondary education, employment, problem-solving, risks to independence, health, community involvement, family topics, and legal considerations.
  • Parents gain problem-solving skills and targeted resources. Young adults work on skills related to social interaction and daily living skills.
  • We will have guest speakers from community organizations to provide information regarding specific transition topics

PEERS Social Skills Group

PEERS Social Skills Group

This group focuses on evidence-based strategies for making and keeping friends. For children and adolescents with broadly average cognitive and language skills.

Ages 11-18 

Groups available for ages 11-14, 15-18, and 18-25

Now enrolling for winter and spring groups

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Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00 pm

14-16 week group. 90 minutes each

  • This is an evidence-based social skills group to help teens make and keep friends
  • The group involves participation of the adolescent and at least one caregive
  • Session topics include: conversation skills, other methods for communicating with friends (telephone), choosing friends, hosting and attending get-togethers, appropriate use of humor, handling difficult peer situations (bullying, gossip, etc.), managing conflict, and dating etiquette (for older groups)
  • For more information about this program, please check out the PEERS website

Anxiety Group

Anxiety Group

This is a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) based group that addresses reduction and management of stress and anxiety for children and adolescents. This group is for children and adolescents with broadly average cognitive and language skills. 
 
Ages 9-13 and 14-18
 
Now enrolling for winter and spring groups! 
 
 
Mondays from 5:30-7:00 pm

14 week group, 90 minutes each

  • This group involves the child/adolescent and at least one caregiver. 
  • The parent group will focus on teaching parents how to recognize anxiety symptoms and assist their child in learning and using coping skills to reduce anxiety. Parents will learn about how anxiety may present somewhat differently in children with ASD and related difficulties.
  • The child group is designed to be fun and interactive. The child group will learn hands-on, developmentally appropriate strategies for combating anxiety and incorporate related social skills training. Children will learn to identify when they are feeling anxious, identify a team of individuals who can support them when feeling anxious, and learn to engage in coping and relaxation skills when feeling anxious. 
  • We will learn about anxiety, how it affects your child and family, and ways to cope with and reduce anxiety. Families will learn skills that they can practice at home and during group. Families will continuously assess their child's level of anxiety and develop individualized plans for facing fears/worries and reducing anxiety symptoms.  
  • Families will develop individualized intervention plans to reduce their child's anxiety.

Middle School Social Skills Group

Middle School Social Skills Group

This is a social skills group for children between 10-13 years of age. This group is for children with broadly average cognitive and language skills. 

This group runs periodically throughout the year based on interest.

Mondays from 4:30-5:30 pm

8-10 week groups, 50 mins each

This group focuses on skills such as conversation skills, nonverbal communication skills, friendship skills, social problem-solving, perspective taking, understanding and expressing emotions, etc.

New Intervention Research Study for Young Adults with ASD!

New Intervention Research Study for Young Adults with ASD!

Working Together Program

We are looking for families to participate in a study about programming for young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  The study has two goals:  1) promote the development of advocacy and social skills in young adults with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) 2) enable families to support their adult children in achieving educational and employment goals.

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To participate, individuals with ASD must meet the following criteria

  • the adult must provide ASD diagnosis documentation (either from a health care or educational professional)
  • the adult with ASD has not been diagnosed with an intellectual disability
  • the adult must be 18-30 years old
  • the adult must live at home with his or her parent(s)
  • the adult works less than 10 hours per week
  • the adult spends less than 20 hours a week in work and in degree-seeking post-secondary education program

To find out more, please contact Dr. Rebekah Hudock at 612-626-3538 orkale0040@umn.edu.