Social skills groups offer therapy that is effective in helping individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) develop social interaction skills. Therapy group participants have the opportunity to observe and practice using social skills and receive feedback in structured, small group settings.

At the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), we strive to identify innovative strategies to increase group members’ application of new skills outside of the clinic and to enhance the efficacy of our interventions.

What is involved in social skills groups?
Although the format can vary, group sessions generally consist of instruction in and practicing targeted social skills. Social skills groups may also use video modeling, role-playing, social coaching and skill practice outside of the group sessions (i.e.,
“homework”). Additionally, parent training is often a key component in promoting social skills growth.

Who runs the social skills groups?
At CARD, groups are led by an interdisciplinary team of speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, clinical social workers and clinical psychologists, offering the
opportunity for more comprehensive treatment of social needs.

Who may participate?
CARD’s social skills groups program consists of a core set of therapy groups that target specific age ranges and developmental levels. Groups are available for children with ASD, ages 6 to 18 years old.

If you are interested in a social skills group for your child and they do not have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, please contact our Intake Department to learn about social skills groups offered elsewhere at the Institute.

If you would like to have your child added to a waitlist for a social skills group, please contact our Intake Department:

(888) 554-2080 (toll-free)
(443) 923-9400 (local)

If your child is a current patient of Kennedy Krieger Institute, please complete and return the Social Skills Group Screening Form.

(443) 923-7560
Attention: CARD Triage

CARD Triage
3901 Greenspring Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21211


To learn more, view the Social Skills Group flyer.