Frequently Asked Questions

Social Butterflies Club®

We have found in treating many children with Anxiety, 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: visual referencing, turn-taking, requesting information/objects, answering/asking wh- questions, responding to greeting/salutations, following directions, recognizing verbal and nonverbal social cues, predicting social responses, problem-solving, predicting outcomes, maintaining a topic, executive function skills and emotional understanding/expression .
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 several categories and levels of 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, SELF REGULATION GROUP, SENSORY MOTOR SOCIAL GROUP & LITTLE LADIES for girls
These groups are arranged according to the general level of ability rather than a chronological age. Groups will not be any larger than 10 children or smaller than 3 children. Each session includes activities which were designed according to a theme or unit. These activities are constructed using: social lessons, board games, role-playing, manipulatives, reinforcers, and community outings (which may incur a small fee).
The groups meet once a week for an hour. Our year is divided into 4 semesters. Each semester is 11-13 weeks long. A progress note is provided at the end of each semester based on client goals developed from the initial assessment.
The cost varies per semester depending on how many weeks are in a semester ($65.00 per week). Summer Camps are $400.00 per week (4 consecutive days for 2 hours per day). There is a one-time fee of $95.00 for the initial placement assessment. We offer a sliding scale for those families that qualify. We also offer a Military Discount for active duty military families. Please contact our office manager, Barbara, at bdeldonna@socialbutterfliesclub.com for the sliding scale application.
  • Due to our limited number of spaces, we ask that tuition be paid in advance .
  • 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. Our social communication group services are deemed "developmental" in nature and "not a medical necessity" by insurance companies and are typically not covered by plans. We have kept the cost of each session to around the same price as a co-payment. (In fact, our hourly session are often LESS than many insurance specialist co-pays.) However, we are happy to provide you with any information needed to use your health flex spending/health savings accounts for payment of groups.