Spark Youth Group
Spark is a weekly supportive mentoring and socialization group that takes place in a structured and supervised group setting at The Sherkow Center. It is designed to help young people diagnosed with ASD or uneven development to learn socialization skills, and to learn about their bodies and their minds!
Within each Spark group, we pair an ASD child or teen with a similarly aged youngster, who serves as a mentor, social model, and friend. Spark offers an opportunity to learn and hone conversational skills, and ultimately expand creative horizons while reinforcing empathy and engagement. We typically have one art activity, a unique game, and a snack every session. The activities also prepare our youngsters for events in the practical world, through presenting projects to a group, and practicing sharing and politeness with others.
We meet on Wednesdays in blocks of 13 weeks, at 4:15pm (for ages 7-12) and 5:30pm (for ages 13+).
In the service of personalizing the attention we give each child, Susan P. Sherkow, MD and Jenifer Clark, PhD, our group leaders, meet with every child or teen and his parents who are interested in joining, before they are assigned to a group.
Please request or refer to the latest flyer for the current semester’s session dates.
For any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We would be glad to have the opportunity to discuss this program in more detail with any interested parties.
Also offered intermittently:
Pre-Teen and Teen Groups