Frequently Asked Questions
Social Butterflies Club
We have found in treating many children with ASD, ADD/ADHD and speech/language disorders that social communication skills are greatly delayed. Social communication skills are the foundation to language skills. These skills are developed early on starting from infancy. However, just as some children require expressive language therapy some children need to be taught social communication skills. We have found great success in group therapy as it facilitates a naturalistic environment to learn how to interact and respond to children. We also incorporate therapy in actual social situations too, since these are the settings that children will require their social knowledge.
The groups are developed for any child at risk for a social communication skills delay: mild to severe and/or any child who has difficulty interacting with peers, responding to social cues, or using language to navigate through their environment effectively.
Group objectives incorporate social communication skills which include but are not limited to: eye contact, turn-taking, requesting information/objects, appropriate answers to wh- questions, appropriate responses to greeting/salutations, following directions, recognizing verbal and nonverbal social cues, predicting social responses, problem-solving, predicting outcomes, maintaining a topic, and asking for help.
The process for enrollment starts with an initial assessment on the referred child in order to accurately determine the child's social communication abilities (ie strengths and weaknesses). This assessment may include formal and informal testing instruments. Upon completion of assessment, we place the child within the appropriate group. This placement will be based on social communication skills. Please keep in mind that this level may be different from the child's age level.
There are now four social groups:
- PURPLE BUTTERFLIES - preparatory (for those children that are not quite ready for the blue group.)
- BLUE BUTTERFLIES - basic skills
- RED & GREEN BUTTERFLIES - advanced skills
- Specialty groups - MONARCH CLUB for adolescents-teens & LITTLE LADIES for girls
The groups meet once a week for an hour. Fall Semester is typically 12-14 weeks, Winter Semester is typically 12 weeks, Spring Semester is typically 10-12 weeks, and Summer Semester is typically 8-10 weeks.
The cost varies per semester depending on how many weeks are in a semester ($55.00 per week). The weeks are divided by the months in the semester to determine the tuition per month. Fall Semester is typically 12-14 weeks, Winter Semester is typically 12 weeks, Spring Semester is typically 10-12 weeks, and Summer Semester is typically 8-10 weeks. Summer Camps are $320.00 per week (4 consecutive days for 2 hours per day). There may be an activity fee included depending on the community outing that is scheduled. There is a one-time fee of $80.00 for the initial placement screening. We offer a sliding scale for those families that qualify.
- Due to our limited number of spaces, we ask that tuition be paid in advance (full tuition paid prior to the start of the semester will receive a 10% discount).
- For your convenience we accept monthly tuition installments due the 1st day of the month (no discount).
- We can not pro-rate or credit tuition for missed classes.
Although some insurance policies cover speech-language therapy, it is on an individual basis for a medical necessity only. We have kept the cost of each session to around the same price as a co-payment. However, we are happy to provide you with any information needed to use your health flex spending accounts for payment of groups.