Spark Youth Group
Spark is a weekly supportive mentoring program that takes place in a structured and supervised group setting. It is designed to help young people diagnosed with ASD or uneven development learn socialization skills, impulse control, anger management, 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.
Our programming also prepares our youngsters for events in the practical world, through presenting projects to a group, and practicing sharing and politeness with others. We typically have an art activity, a unique game or sport, and finally a more psychological and socially-oriented “Sparkinator” segment, which covers a range of activities that touch on emotions. Our goal for every “Sparkinator” is to work on relationships and sharing within the group, on coping strategies for strange or challenging situations, and on learning how to understand other’s mental states. To achieve this goal we practice social skills such as turn-taking, initiating a conversation, and other social conventions.
We meet on Wednesdays in blocks of 12 weeks, at 4:15pm (for ages 7-13) and 5:30pm (for ages 13+).
Click Here for the current Spark semester flyer.
How to Join
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.
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.
Become a Mentor.
Also offered intermittently:
Pre-Teen and Teen Groups