Kids Cooperate now offers iGroups, an innovative use of technology to bring teens together in safe, facilitated friendship circles to socialize and support each other. Using Google's secure video conferencing technology (see below), groups of 9 peers and a facilitator meet for 30 minute sessions to check in, play games, and hangout in a way that builds confidence, develops social skills, and scaffolds the development of real friendship.
Video chat is uniquely suited to scaffold successful social interaction for teens on the autism spectrum because of the direct focus on other participants faces, and the natural built in visual supports like screen share, social gaming, and a tool that allows moderated discussions.
Groups are available to teenagers ages 13-15, 16-18, and 18 and over. members will be placed according to their developmental needs and interests. eHangouts are best suited to meet the needs of kids with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Shyness.
There is a focus on:
- Sustaining Friendships
- Recognizing Social Cues
- Interpreting Facial Expressions
- Handling Teasing and Bullying
- Pragmatic Language Skills
- Maintaining Eye Contact
- Recognizing Emotions in Self & Others
- Developing Patterns & Styles of Conversations
Get in touch to find out whether eHangouts is a good fit for your child!