Workshops and Groups

Throughout the year, JSSA offers workshops and groups that cover a wide range of learning, behavioral, emotional, social and physical challenges for all ages.

Participating in a workshop or group provides an opportunity to learn from our highly skilled professionals and to share with others who are facing similar challenges. JSSA’s expert team of psychologists, psychiatrists, developmental pediatricians, educational and employment specialists lead groups throughout the year with new groups forming in the winter, spring, summer and fall.*

 

2017 FALL PROGRAMS

Social Clubs for Teens and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Challenges

Maryland

The Paul & Annetta Himmelfarb Foundation’s Out and About! Social Club

JSSA presents a social club for young adults (age 18 to 30) with autism spectrum disorders and related challenges. The club provides social opportunities in a supportive environment with guidance from professionally trained staff, allowing the participants to gain confidence while interacting with others in a variety of social situations. There will be a variety of monthly outings including field trips, games, art projects, dining out, and more!

Sundays: Sept 17, Oct 22, Nov 12, Dec 10

Times and event locations vary.                Cost: $30 per event

Pre-registration required by contacting the group leader, Jenna Bartels, LCSW-C at (301) 610-8390.

 

Northern Virginia

Going Places! Social Club 

In partnership with the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and JSSA present a social club for three different age groups of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and related challenges. The club provides social opportunities in a supportive environment with guidance from professionally trained staff, allowing the participants to gain confidence while interacting with others in a variety of social situations.

teens: 14-17,  or  young adults: 18-26, or adults 27+

Sundays: September 17

Cost: $30 per event

Times and event locations vary.

To register, contact Melissa Hochberg at 703-537-3040, or melissa.hochberg@jccnv.org

 

Social Clubs for Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing 

Maryland

The Paul & Annetta Himmelfarb Foundation Out and About Program: Deaf Social Club

For adults 18-35 who identify as deaf or hard of hearing.  Participants will be encouraged to engage with their peers in a fun and stimulating environment.  Activities include local field trips, dining out, art projects, and more.

Sundays: Sept 17, Oct 22, Nov 12, Dec 10

Time: 1:00- 3:00 p.m.                Cost: $30 per event

Event locations vary.

Pre-registration required by contacting the group leader, Liz Katz, LCSW-C at lkatz@jssa.org.

 

Social Club for Seniors

Friendship is Ageless: A Connecting in Friendship Program

For many, when we leave the workforce, kids are grown and find ourselves single, we do not have other existing social outlets. This can make it hard to meet people, create long-lasting friendships and find romantic partners. While there are social programs and online services available to seniors, they do not teach the communication skills that we may not have used for a very long time. Through four interactive and lively classes that focus on: making social conversation; reaching out and allowing others in; conveying empathy and positive thinking; expressing appreciation and resolving differences, Friendship Is Ageless: A Connecting In Friendship Program is designed specifically for the adults age 65+ and addresses the “how to’s” of developing and maintaining relationships.

Thursday: Oct 26, Nov 2, 9, 16

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.         Cost: $80 for 4 classes

Location: Bender JCC

Group Leader: Leslie Kessler, LCSW-C

Pre-registration required by calling Muriel at 240-788-2438.

 

Social Skills Groups for Children & Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Maryland

Autism Waiver Winter Therapeutic Integration Social Skills Group: Children/Teens with ASD

For children/teens who currently receive Autism Waiver services. Within the context of a small, therapeutic group setting, participants enhance their social communication skills.

Will Run Over Winter Break: Dec 26-29

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.       Cost: No charge – covered by Autism Waiver

Location: Rockville – The Ina Kay Building at Fallsgrove

Group leader: Natalie Pearce, LCSW-C

Pre-registration required by calling Natalie Pearce, LCSW-C at (301) 610-8349 or npearce@jssa.org.

 

Social Skills Group for Boys Age 6th- 8th Grade (11-13 years old) – CANCELLED

This weekly social skills group will help boys age 11-13 years old with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder to develop skills needed for making and keeping friends including  listening, reading social cues, cooperation, conversation skills, handling teasing, and handling frustration and anger.

Mondays: Sept 25 – Dec 11

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.     Cost: Weekly insurance co-pay

Location:  Rockville – The Ina Kay Building at Fallsgrove

Group leader: Zach Lehman

Pre-registration required by calling JSSA’s Inquiry & Screening Dept at (301) 816-2633.

 

Northern Virginia

Social Skills Group for 2nd – 3rd Grader (7-8 year olds)

This weekly social skills group is for 7-8 year old girls and boys with an ADHD diagnosis will learn and practice skills relating to friendship making and flexibility.

Mondays: Oct 2 – Dec 18

Time: 5:00 – 5:50 p.m.       Cost: Weekly insurance co-pay

Location: Northern Virginia

Group Leaders: Shannon Janney, LCSW and Corrin Halter, MSW

Pre-registration required by calling JSSA’s Inquiry & Screening Dept at (703) 896-7918.

 

Social Skills Group for 4th – 5th Grade Boys (9-10 year olds) – CLOSED

This weekly social skills group is for 4th -5th grade boys with high-functioning ASD and/or ADHD will learn and practice skills relating to friendship making and flexibility.

Wednesdays: Sept 27 – Jan 10

Time: 5:00 – 5:50 p.m.       Cost: $10 fee for materials and $15 for the JSSA Parent Guide

Location: Northern Virginia

Group Leaders: Mary Iadarola, LCSW and Adina Rosen, MSW

Pre-registration required by calling JSSA’s Inquiry & Screening Dept at (703) 896-7918.

Social Skills Group for 6th – 8th Grade Boys – CLOSED

This weekly social skills group is for 6th -8th grade boys with ASD or related disorders to learn and practice skills relating to friendship making and flexibility.

Wednesdays: Sept 6 – Dec 13

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.       Cost: Weekly insurance co-pay

Location: Northern Virginia

Group Leaders: Jacintha Carson, LPC and Sarah Adair, MSW

Pre-registration required by calling JSSA’s Inquiry & Screening Dept at (301) 816-2633.

 

Workshop for Parents of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Northern Virginia 

A monthly support group for parents of adults (18+) who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  This is a change to meet with other parents and hear from local experts.

Wednesdays: Sept 13, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.       Cost: $35 per person

Location: JSSA Northern Virginia

Group leader: Adena Levy, LCSW-C

Pre-registration required by calling Adena Levy (703) 896-7903 or alevy@jssa.org.

 

Support Groups

Maryland

Support Group for Bereaved Spouses

Ongoing group for adults grieving the death of a spouse or partner occurring within the past year.

Fridays: Second and fourth Friday of the month

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.       Cost: No charge

Location: Rockville – The Ina Kay Building at Fallsgrove

Group leader: Irene Mednick, LCSW-C

Pre-registration required by calling Suzanne Adelman at (301) 816-2683.

 

Support Group for Bereaved Parents

Ongoing evening group for parents grieving the death of a child under 25 years of age.

Second Monday of each month

Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.       Cost: No charge

Location: Bender JCC

Group leader: Suzanne Adelman

Pre-registration required by calling Suzanne Adelman, LCSW-C at (301) 610-2683.

 

Support Group for Parents of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

An ongoing monthly support group for parents of adults with ASD that focuses on sharing coping strategies and community resources, developing networks, and gaining support.

Mondays: Sept 11, Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.        Cost: No charge

Location:  Rockville – The Ina Kay Building at Fallsgrove

Group leader: TBD

Pre-registration required by calling Jamel White, PhD, LCSW-C at (301) 610- 8361.

 

Family Support Group

A monthly group for parents and caregivers of children with special needs – no specific age range or diagnosis.

Tuesdays: Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 21, Dec 19

Time: 7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.        Cost: No charge

Location:  Rockville – The Ina Kay Building at Fallsgrove

Group leader: Alison Dorsky, LCSW-C

Pre-registration required by calling Alison Dorsky, LCSW-C at (301) 610- 8358 or adorsky@jssa.org.

Suicide Grief Support Group

This is a group for adults who have lost a loved one to suicide. 

Mondays : Sept 5, 18, Oct 2, 16, Nov 6, 20, Dec 4, 18

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.              Cost: No charge

Location: Bender JCC

Group leader: Ellen Lebedow

Pre-registration required by emailing Ellen Lebedow at elebedow@jssa.org.

 

Life and Social Skills Workshop for Successful Employment Readiness

Northern Virginia

Participants needed for the *New and Improved* Life Skills Workshop. It is now a 12-session program with more focus on employment readiness.  This highly interactive workshop is for young adults ages 18-30 who have high functioning autism spectrum disorder and are interested in developing life skills to promote independence and work readiness.  We are integrating a more focused approach to learning soft skills for job readiness so that participants will have the necessary skills to be able to interview for potential positions.

Mondays and Thursdays: TBD

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.        Cost: $360 for 12-session program (funding is available for those that qualify)

Location:  JSSA Northern Virginia

Group leaders: Jacintha Carson, LPC; Sarah Adair, MSW, JSSA Specialized Employment Staff

Pre-registration required by calling Jacintha Carson at 703-896-7913 or Sarah Adair at 703-896-7909 to schedule a screening meeting.

 

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