Social Groups for Autism

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Level UP Social Groups

Group programs may be a good fit for your child if...

  • Your main goals for your child involve interacting socially with others
  • Your child is approaching entry to kindergarten or in early elementary school
  • Your child can communicate with others (vocally or non-vocally), follow simple instructions, and behave safely towards others

Group Program Offerings

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Level UP! Social Skills Group

Saturday Mornings

Level UP! Is a group based, social-emotional skill development program for kids aged 4-6 years. Classes will follow a structured social skills curriculum specialized for young children, with the use of evidence-based teaching strategies and strong clinical oversight from a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst to help kids with social communication difficulties succeed in a variety of social situations. Our groups focus on skills like social reciprocity, social initiation, perspective-taking, and self awareness. This includes executive functioning and emotion regulation skills as needed. This program is especially great for parents wanting to help get their little ones school ready!

Each session includes:

  • Welcome circle and learning activity
  • Active practice in age appropriate structured activities
  • Supported free play time to generalize skills
  • Informational handout sent home to continue learning throughout the week


Children must be group-ready to attend the social group. If children have not participated in programming at UP before such that we can assess group readiness, a trial session is required to assess group readiness prior to registration.

Spring Session Information

Class Dates Days & Times Cost
Social Beginnings
(introductory level)
4-6 year olds
April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, May 4, 11, June 1, 8, 15, 22nd. Saturdays
$1350.00 for 10 classes
Trial session (required for children who haven’t attended programming at UP before to assess goodness of fit) March 23rd, 2024 Saturday, 10:00-10:45 $75.00

How to register:

  1. Complete our Registration Form
  2. Our front desk will contact you to confirm registration details
  3. If this is your first group with us, our front desk will ensure you are registered for the trial session to ensure goodness of fit for the program before registration is confirmed
  4. If a well-matched group isn’t available immediately, you can provide us with your information and we can contact you when an appropriate group is available
  5. We require a $135.00 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot in the program; this is applied to the fee for the first session.
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Group-based ESDM (G-ESDM)

Our group based ESDM program is a subset of our in-clinic program that occurs at a lower staffing ratio (2 staff to 3 children or 2 staff to 4 children) to better prepare children for learning in a classroom setting. All students in our in-clinic program are able to transition to a group ratio one they have the prerequisites for learning in this environment.

Parent Participation Groups 
We also offer parent participation groups for young children on Saturdays. See our Parent Coaching pages for more information.

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Benefits of Group Programming

Social Opportunities: Students in our group programs are screened for program readiness and matched based on age and abilities. This makes group program placements a great place for students to make friendships with like minded peers.

Lower Staffing Ratio: Transitioning from a one to one placement to a classroom at kindergarten entry can be challenging for children, and group placements are a great way to provide a bridge to the lower classroom ration that is often required at kindergarten entry.

Social Learning: Our group program staff create careful teaching opportunities that blend multiple children’s goals into a single activity. Children have the opportunity to learn from other students’ teaching and build social learning skills.

Ready to Start?
We’ll start off with a chat about your child, answer any questions you may have, and determine if we are a good fit for your needs!