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Social Groups & Skills

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.

* This listing should not be considered an endorsement or recommendation either by the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix or its Board of Directors. It is merely a collection of individuals/entities/resources that have been deemed helpful or recommended by consumers. Please notify us if any information needs to be updated.

Social Groups

Baio Enterprises Social Interaction Groups
1745 S Alma School Rd, Ste #145
Mesa, AZ 85210

Foundations Developmental House
1815 E Queen Creek Rd, Ste #1
Chandler, AZ 85286

Friday Afternoon Social – for Young Adults with Disabilities
Higher Octave Healing

200 E Curry Rd
Tempe, AZ 85281

Pediatric Speech and Language Specialists
6865 E Becker Lane, Ste 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

S.E.E.K. Arizona
1830 S Alma School Rd, Ste 130
Mesa, AZ 85210

Touchstone Behavioral Health
15648 N 35th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85053

Gentry Pediatric Behavioral Services
7600 N. 16th Street Suite 110
Phoenix, AZ 85020


MORIAH Cooperative
Brett Bernstein, Volunteer Executive Director

Ridge Zeller Therapy
3160 N. Arizona Ave, Suite 105
Chandler, AZ 85225


The Bista Center
2222 S Dobson Rd, Building 9
Mesa, AZ 85202


Useful Links

Book Recommendations

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