We Help People And Families Affected By Autism

Social Groups

Our goal is to help each individual have a fun and successful recreation/social experience building new peer relationships, exploring new activities, and making gains in independence.

Purpose of Our Programs

The Autism Delaware Social Groups are designed to provide a traditional social group experience with necessary supports from staff who understand the special needs of youth and young adults with ASD. Our goal is to help each individual have a fun and successful recreation/social experience building new peer relationships, exploring new activities, and making gains in independence. Group will also provide the opportunity for respite for families!

Fees are based on length of session. These are a drop off programs and are considered respite by DDDS. You MUST notify DDDS if you intend to utilize your respite find for this program. Contact the DDDS Respite Unit and/or Community Navigator to determine available funds for this program. In addition, a limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact Annalisa at annalisa.ekbladh@delautism.org or 302-224-6020 for more information and an application.

BRAVE: Girl’s Social Group

The BRAVE program is structured to be filled with new adventures within a repeating schedule. Activities may include: crafts, games, activities, maybe occasional travel, and more! Throughout each activity, emphasis is put on communication, social skills, and building self-esteem. We use a “Challenge by Choice” approach throughout social activities, meaning that we encourage participants to try new things, but never force them into an activity. Emotional and physical safety is always our priority.

Dates: 6 Week Program offered on every other Friday. Sessions offered in the Spring and Fall. Check the Event Calendar for dates.

Hours: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (but this will depend on our activities)

Location: Newark Office of Autism Delaware. Will vary by activity, a calendar will be provided.

Who: Girls ages 10-19 with autism spectrum disorder

Fee: $60

Application Process

Registration is required for all social groups. Registration forms must be completed prior to participation in Social Groups. Criteria for participation varies by group. Please refer to the registration form for criteria for participation. Application and Consent form are required.

Social Skills Training

Where can I find a PEERS Program?

Christiana Care Multidisciplinary Autism Program (MAP) – 302-340-2100

Nemours AI duPont Hospital Swank Autism Center – 302-651-4000

Delaware Psychological Services, Lewes – 302-703-6332 

Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS)

PEERS is a 14-week social skills intervention for motivated teens/tweens in middle school or high school who are interested in learning ways to help make and keep friends. PEERS is an evidence-based, interactive program for young folks (ages 11-18) with Autism Spectrum Disorders. For more information about PEERs and the PEERS curriculum, visit https://www.semel.ucla.edu/peers

Visit our events calendar for a complete list of upcoming opportunities

Workshops & Speakers

Autism Delaware provides regular opportunities for parents, caregivers, individuals with autism, medical professionals, educators, and members of the community to hear directly from experts in the field of autism therapies, autism issues, and autism research.

Social Skills Activities

Building social skills is an important part of the continuing development of both children and adults with autism. Autism Delaware provides a number of social and recreational opportunities, which is a great way to engage in social skill building, throughout the year.

Recreational Opportunities

Each year we hold, literally, hundreds of opportunities for family recreation, from sensory friendly movies, to bowling, roller skating, art classes, and beyond.

Coffee & Conversation

Parent coffee hours offer the opportunity  to get together in a safe, comfortable atmosphere to talk about issues of concern, vent frustrations & learn about important topics.

Contact Autism Delaware

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New Castle County

Phone: 302-224-6020
Fax: 302-224-6017

924 Old Harmony Road,
Suite 201
Newark, DE 19713

Sussex County

Phone: 302-644-3410
Fax: 302-827-2389

17517 Nassau Commons Blvd.
Unit 1
Lewes, DE 19958

Kent County 

Phone: 302-644-3410
Fax: 302-827-2389

POW&R only at 302-678-2113 


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