Groups

Group Programs at Fabic

The Fabic clinical team will hold a series of group programs for children, teenagers and adults throughout each school term. Included below is a description of the current programs offered. These groups are designed to support people of similar age and experiences in life to develop and practice the practical skills required to support them to feel less anxious and more equipped to respond to the challenges they encounter in their day-to-day life.

Enrolment for groups is taken at the beginning of each school term. More info will be published below when the next group is being held.

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FABIC Social Skills Groups ~ Term 2, 2018

In Term 2, Fabic will be offering social skills groups and pairs.

Groups and pairs can be organised for preschool aged children, school aged children and teenagers. Children and teens are organised into groups or pairs based on which groupings will offer the greatest support in the development of their social skills as well as the availability of the interested families.

Pairs vs Groups:

Both pairs and small groups are beneficial for different reasons.

Paired sessions can be supportive for children/teens who can be anxious in social situations as it gives them an opportunity to develop foundational skills.

Groups are often beneficial for children and teens who have good skills 1:1 but have difficulty in groups or when a social situation is less predictable.

What do the Pairs/Groups Look Like?:

Each pair/group is customised to specifically cater to the needs of the participants. As such, each group can look quite different. Typically though, sessions will incorporate an opportunity for specific development of conversation skills as well as a less structured activity that gives all group members the chance to develop particular goals. Numerous other foundational skills are typically included, such as:

  • recognising and reading non-verbal communication (such as eye contact, body language and tone of voice)
  • social problem solving
  • responding rather than reacting to behaviours and traits of others
  • dealing with a situation not going the person’s way (smashed pictures)
  • sharing (doing 50/50)
  • and numerous others.

Groups are typically organised in blocks of 6 and 8 sessions.

Days / Times: 

Groups can be organised on Mondays and Saturdays. There may also be some scope for organising groups on on other days. For school aged children and teens, groups are typically organised at the following times:

Mondays*: 7am - 7.50am, 8am - 8.50am, 3pm - 3.50pm, 4pm - 4.50pm, 5pm - 5.50pm.

Saturdays*: Throughout the day 

*Preschool groups can also be scheduled throughout the day.

Pricing: 

Below is the fee schedule for all Social Skills Groups. Typically groups are organised in blocks of 6 or 8 weeks.

Session

Price Per Session

Total For All Sessions

1 session $100ea ($110ea HCWA) $100ea ($110ea HCWA)
2 sessions $95ea ($104.50ea HCWA) $190 per group ($209 HCWA/BSCD)
3 sessions $90ea ($99ea HCWA) $270 per group ($297 HCWA/BSCD)
4 sessions $85ea ($93.5ea HCWA) $340 per group ($374 HCWA/BSCD)
5 sessions $82ea ($93.50ea HCWA) $410 per group ($451 HCWA/BSCD)
6 sessions $80ea ($88ea HCWA) $480 per group ($528 HCWA/BSCD)
7 sessions $78ea ($89ea HCWA) $546 per group ($623 HCWA/BSCD)
8 sessions $75ea ($82.50ea HCWA) $600 per group ($660 HCWA/BSCD)

Helping Children with Autism (HCWA), Better Start for Children with Disabilities (BSCD) and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding can be used for these groups as well as private health funds.

Organising a Pair or Group:

If you are interested in organising a pair or group, or if you would like further information, please email Kathryn Maroney (speech pathologist) at kathryn@fabic.com.au. If expressing interest in a group, please include the following information in your email:

  • Your child’s name
  • Age and school grade
  • Contact phone number
  • Availability
  • Length of group/pair you are interested in 

For families who are new to Fabic, we typically organise an initial session before organising a group so that we can meet the family and gather background information to support in determining what will be needed for the child. 

Sometimes we are not able to pair or group children with others who will support their social skills development. This can also happen if families are available at different times. If this should happen, we will speak to families about contacting them when another family who would be a good pairing expresses interest or discuss other ways of supporting social skill development at that time.