Free Seminars On Summer Social Skills Training For Children With Disabilities

CLARK – Summer can be a very difficult time for children with Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety and other conditions, many of whom cannot participate in typical summer programs or camps because of poor social skills.

Parents, educators and mental health providers are invited to a free 90-minute workshop to learn about best practices for summer social skills training for these children. Attendees will learn: How the summer months can be used to teach and maintain social skills for children with disabilities; best practices to teach and generalize social skills; and strategies to help children make and keep friends.

Attendees will also learn about HI-STEP (Helping Improve Social Skills Through Evidence-based Practices), a 6-week day program designed to help develop children’s social skills, problem-solving skills and emotional-behavioral skills through group activities, individualized attention, sports and recreational activities, creative arts and academic-related activities. With locations in Pennington and Scotch Plains, HI-STEP is designed for children with social skills difficulties, many of whom attend the program as part of their Extended School Year (ESY) programming.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, March 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 36 Valley Rd in Clark. It will be presented by by Rory A. Panter, Psy.D., a Licensed Psychologist in New Jersey. She is the director at HI-STEP and has experience working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, anxiety disorders, and training parents on behavior management strategies to improve child behavior. She has worked in schools, outpatient clinics, community mental health clinics, inpatient hospitals and specialized summer programs.

The workshop will be offered at five other locations this spring: Piscataway on Feb. 29; Flemington on March 1; East Hanover on March 14; Newtown, Pa. on March 15; and Hamilton on April 19.

Educators can request a certificate documenting 1.5 hours of Professional Development. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Contact Sophia at Behavior Therapy Associates at 1-732-873-1212, or email to register. For more information, visit


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