Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) refers to five categories of disorders on the autism spectrum, but is commonly used to indicate the diagnosis of PPD-NOS. Children with a PDD-NOS diagnosis can have a difficult time connecting with peers and developing the social skills that will help them to be successful academically, socially, romantically and professionally.
Participation in social skills groups can help children with a PDD-NOS diagnosis by giving them a safe environment to develop, practice, and integrate new skills in a way that builds confidence for future interaction. Some of the supports necessary to create a well scaffolded social group include: The inclusion of neuro-typical children as peer mentors, interactive manipulatives, a well organized environment, consistent routine, adult scaffolding, and the inclusion of idiosyncratic interests
Aaron Weintraub, MS runs child-centered social skills groups with a focus on children and teenagers withPervasive Developmental Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Shyness. Strengths-based approach in a community based setting. Groups available in Tolland, Mansfield, Willimantic, Hartford, Vernon and Coventry Connecticut.