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.*

JSSA is continually forming additional groups based on individuals’ and parents’ specific needs and requests.

Workshops and Groups include:

  • Social Skills Groups for Children of All Ages
  • Social Skills Therapy Groups for Children, Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Social Clubs for Teens and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Lifeskills Workshops for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Social Clubs
  • Support Groups for Children of Deaf Adults
  • Sibling Support Groups
  • Family Support Groups
  • Suicide Grief Support Groups
  • Bereavement Support Groups
  • Caregiver Support Groups
  • Support Groups for Children of Divorce
  • Support Groups for Parents of Adults on the Spectrum

Download the 2017 Winter/Spring Workshops & Groups Brochure for complete listings and descriptions.


The Social-Emotional Skills Group for K-1st Grade led by Jill Parsons is now closed.

Social Skills Groups with Dr. Stanley Fagen are as follows:

Mondays  – 4th and 5th Grade Boys Age 10 years – 4:45-5:45 pm

Tuesdays – 2nd and 3rd Grade Boys Ages 7-8 Years – 4:30-5:30 pm – closed

Wednesdays – 3rd and 4th Grade Boys Ages 8-9 Years – 4:30-5:30 pm

Thursdays – 4th and 5th Grade Boys Age 10 – 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

Social Skills Group with Zach Lehman (MD) is for 11 – 13 year old boys in 6th – 8th grade with a diagnosis of Aspergers/Autism Spectrum Disorder. Twelve weekly group sessions to work on social skills including listening, reading social cues, cooperation, conversation skills, making and keeping friends, handling teasing, and handling frustration and anger. To register for this group, please contact Inquiry & Screening at 301-816-2633.

Support Group for Parents of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (NOVA) will now be led by Adena Levy.  To register for the Wednesday group, please contact Adena Levy at 703-896-7903.


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