Skills Groups are skill development workshops that teach foundational skills to help autistic and neurodiverse participants to succeed across all aspects of daily life. In small groups of 4-5 individuals, participants learn a variety of key strategies and are given opportunities to practice those strategies with the support of their instructor and the other group members.

Participants meet with their Skills Group once per week for six consecutive weeks. The total cost for one Skills Group is $40.00. Sinneave is committed to overcoming financial barriers to service. If you would like to participate, but the cost would create a financial hardship, please contact us.

Skills Groups are best suited for autistic and neurodiverse individuals who

  • Are 15 years of age and older.
  • Are interested in learning and practicing key strategies that can have a positive impact on their daily routines.
  • Can communicate verbally
  • Do not require one-to-one support to participate in the group.
  • Are willing to practice reflecting and sharing their thoughts with the group.
  • Have either a desktop computer/laptop/iPad, a secure internet connection, and a private space in their home to participate in the group. The expectation is that participants are willing to interact using both their camera and microphone.

Note: Skills Groups are not intended for support workers, aides, caregivers, or other professionals. SFF offers workshops on a regular basis that are available to all.

Our current Skills Groups support the development of:

  • Communicating more successfully with others
  • Managing your anxiety
  • Executive Functioning.

If you would like to be considered for one of these groups, please email, attention Launch Program Coordinator, or click here to submit your name and contact information. The group instructor will contact you to help you decide if this skills group is right for you

Click on the drop-down below to learn more about each specific Skills Group:

Are you interested in:

  • Creating better relationships?
  • Developing skills to influence others?
  • Enhancing your self-confidence?
  • Taking your communication skills to the next level?

Many people can communicate, but not everyone can say that they are effective communicators. Effective communication is not an easy skill to develop on your own, which is why we are inviting autistic self-advocates to attend a new six-session workshop on Mastering the Art of Communication: Strategies for Developing Social Relationships. Each workshop in this series will cover a range of topics, including:

  1. Steps for Understanding Nonverbal Cues/Body Language
  2. Strategies for Engaging in Conversations
  3. Strategies for Using Alternate Forms (e.g., Electronic, Text Message) of Communication
  4. Steps for Handling Disagreements & Rules for Communicating in different social contexts.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice new communication skills within a safe and supportive environment.

Do you:

  • Struggle with unexpected changes?
  • Have trouble getting started, or maybe have trouble stopping things you like to do when it’s time to do something you don’t like to do?
  • Have you ever avoided an experience or a person because of your anxiety?
  • How about when you have a great idea, but have trouble creating and acting on a plan to get it done.

If so, learning more about Executive Functioning may be for you. Research has shown us that the skills underlying Executive Functioning can be taught, practiced and improved on. When Executive Functioning Skills are working, we tend to be happier and more productive. We are excited to invite self-advocates and individuals who identify as autistic to attend a six-session workshop on Executive Functioning (EF). We will cover:

  1. Cognitive Flexibility
  2. Starting and Stopping Behavior
  3. Anxiety and Avoidance
  4. Planning

Participants will learn about the importance of Executive Functioning and how to improve EF skills through specific practice. You will also have the opportunity to learn and practice executive functioning skills within a safe and supportive environment.

Anxiety Warriors is a six-session skills group designed to help you manage your anxiety:

  1. Is Anxiety Your Friend or Foe?  This session provides general information about what anxiety is and how it shows up in our minds and bodies.
  2. Brave Strategies.  In this session, participants will learn relaxation and mindfulness strategies to manage anxiety.
  3. Thought Watching.  Participants will learn that thoughts are not facts and that “worry thoughts” will trick you into believing in “false alarms.”
  4. Facing Our Fears.  Participants, armed with brave strategies, will take manageable steps to overcome anxiety.  A brief email or phone check-in will take place following the last session.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn and share in a safe and supportive environment.

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