Information on social groups, books, websites, etc. on helping give children with Autism the social help they need.One of the most important areas parents want information about is in social functioning. Here are a few resources to help you as you discover all the ways to help your child in this vital area.

Social Groups Guide – Greater Phoenix
About This Social Groups Guide: Thanks to recommendations from members of the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix, we have compiled listings of professional who provide social skills groups in Arizona for individuals on the autism spectrum. All entries in the latest version of the Resource Directory are agencies and/or providers that have been deemed helpful by families in the area.
Their listing should not, however, be considered an endorsement or recommendation either by the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix or its Board of Directors.

For convenience, all entries are listed alphabetically by clinic, organization or private practitioner.

If you know of another group going on in the valley that you think should be included, please submit it to us in writing (either by email or regular mail). Make sure you include the organization’s name, complete address, phone number and email address. You may also include a brief statement of services provided. Please also include your name, phone number, and email address. Please email us if you are providing social groups in the valley. We hope that you find the Resource Guide helpful in locating appropriate services for your children and families.
Location: 1745 S. Alma School Rd. Suite #145 Mesa, AZ 85210
Phone: (480)963-3634 Fax: (480)855-8384
Groups offered at a variety of ages from 3 to 17

Foundations Developmental House
Location: 1815 E. Queen Creek Rd. Suite #1 Chandler, Arizona 85286
Phone: 480-219-3953
Fax: 480-219-4203
Children gather in a supportive environment in small groups of no more than 5 children. Each group meets once a week for 10 weeks. Sessions run throughout the year. Speech-Language Pathologists experienced with pragmatic language disorders teach and reinforce social skills development through structured social skill building activities, guided play, social stories, role play, modeling and other activities.

Friday Afternoon Social – for Young Adults with Disabilities
A social gathering for young adults emphasizing life skills, physical fitness, music, and social participation incorporating music and occupational therapy. This is a 6-week Pilot Program from 12-3pm on Fridays including:
Due to limited space, pre-registration for the 6-week program is required. Various funding options including DDD, third party, and private pay. To pre-register, contact Higher Octave Healing: Phone: (602) 403 – 8800
Location: ASU Comm. Services Bldg 200 E. Curry Rd, Tempe, 85281

Pediatric Speech and Language Specialists
Location: 6865 E Becker Lane, Suite 101 Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Phone: 480-991-6560
Groups offered:-Talking Toddlers, Child-To-Child, Kid Talk, and Teen Talk.

S.E.E.K. Arizona
1830 S. Alma School Road, Suite 130, Mesa, AZ 85210
Phone: 480-902-0771 Fax: 480-967-0804
Contact: Jessica Irwin – Executive Director
Groups Offered: Social Groups,Chess Group, Girl Scouts- Troop 1109, Junior Life Skills Group, Senior Life Skills Group, Playtime with Baby, Tunes ‘n’ Tots, and Paw Pursuits.

Touchstone Behavioral Health
ADDRESS: 15648 N. 35th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85053
Phone: 602-732-4950
Contact: Traci Brown

Social Links

Social Thinking
Watch Me Learn

Social Skills Books

Social Skills Activities for Special Children by Darlene Mannix
It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend by Richard LaVoie
Social Behavior Mapping: Connecting Behavior, Emotions & Consequences Across the Day by Michelle Garcia Winner
Worksheets for Teaching Social Thinking and Related Skills by Michelle Garcia Winner
Comic Strip Conversations by Carol Gray
Solving the Relationship Puzzle by Steven Gutstein, Ph.D.
Navigating the Social World by Jeanie McAfee, M.D.
That’s What’s Different About Me! by Kathryn Robbins
The Hidden Curriculum by Brenda Smith Myles
Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME, 2nd Edition by Michelle Garcia Winner
Sticker Strategies to Encourage Social Thinking and Organization by Michelle Garcia Winner
Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum for School-Age Students, 2nd Printing by Michelle Garcia Winner
Inside Out: What Makes a Person with Social Cognitive Deficits Tick? by Michelle Garcia Winner
Building Social Relationships by Scott Bellini
TalkAbility by Fern Sussman
The Social Skills Picture Book by Jed Baker
Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and Social-Communications Problems by Jeb Baker
Raise Your Child’s Social IQ: Stepping Stones to People Skills for Kids by Cathi Cohen
The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends by Natalie Madorsky Elman
A is for Autism, F is for Friend by Joanna Keating-Velasco
The Incredible 5-Point Scale: Assisting Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders in Understanding Social Interactions and Controlling Their Emotional Responses by Kari Buron Dunn, Mitzi Curtis