Online Social Skills Groups are Still as Powerful as In-Person for Adults and Teens
Key Elements of a Social Skills Group at Open Doors Therapy:
Online Groups Therapy Provides Support and Safety
Social Skills Groups Offer Validation
What is Validation?
The Opposite of Validation: Invalidation
Teens on the Spectrum and Adults with Autism are Often Invalidated
The Power of Validation for Teens and Adults with Autism
Knowing How Bad Invalidation Feels, Motivates Neurodivese People to Validate Others
Online Groups Support Learning How to Validate Others
Online Social Skills Groups can Work for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
Can my online group therapy clients feel safe, supported, and validated by their neurodiverse group members? The answer is, “Definitely!”
Do my clients in online groups grow in self-awareness and feel more confident about their identity and neurodiversity. The answer is, “Yes, online group therapy can cultivate self-growth and confidence.”
Is it possible for individuals with autism to learn and practice skills of validation and empathy in online therapy groups? The answer is a big “YES!”
Can adults and teens with autism use these skills to build emotional intimacy in their relationships, deepen friendships, and improve working relationships? Yes!
The Future Direction of Online Social Skills Groups in California at Open Doors Therapy
Begin Online Group Therapy for Neurodiverse Adults and Teens with Autism in California:
If you or your child are neurodiverse and looking for online group therapy in California, we can help! Our autism therapists offer social skills groups for individuals with high-functioning autism via online therapy in California. To begin group therapy, please follow these steps:
- Schedule a free 30-minute consultation. We will help you to find an online group that will best meet your unique needs.
- Like Open Doors Therapy on Facebook. By doing this, you stay up-to-date on our online autism therapy services and the groups we're offering.
- Sign up to receive my autism newsletter. This contains helpful information about living on the Autism Spectrum.
Other Autism Services at Open Doors Therapy:
Our South Bay Area autism therapy clinic helps high-functioning adults and teens with autism. This includes individuals who identify as having high-functioning autism, Asperger's, undiagnosed autism traits, etc. We also provide support for autism parents and caregivers.
Our therapy clinic offers many autism counseling services including parent counseling, individual counseling for autistic teens and adults, and group therapy. Also, our we are offering several different social skills groups online for gifted youth & caregivers, college students with autistic traits, neurodiverse working professionals, autistic adults, women who identify as neurodiverse, a summer social skills college transition training program for youth transitioning to college, a mothers group, and an online parent support group. Please consider reaching out to our South Bay Area counseling office for more information on how we can best serve you.
About the Author:
Dr. Tasha Oswald is a trained developmental and clinical psychologist. And, she is the founder and director of Open Doors Therapy, a private practice specializing in autism therapy services in the South Bay Area, near San Francisco, CA. Dr. Oswald specializes in helping neurodiverse teens and adults and facilitating social skills groups.