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All of these skills will be mastered and maintained through systematic teaching and fading of support.  Using assessment, observation, and individual/parent input, we create goals and research based interventions to increase skills and make a meaningful difference in the lives of families affected by Autism.


We provide these services in a smaller group setting in order to build social skills as well as lasting friendships between the individuals we serve. With a low staff ­to ­client ratio, we work to teach the individuals we serve to engage others in meaningful conversation during the participation of highly preferred activities and then systematically fade our support in these areas as social skills increase.

  • Increasing conversational skills and building friendships (welcoming v. unwelcoming, interest v. boredom, politely changing topics, etc.)
  • Etiquette at restaurants
  • Following a grocery list
  • Purchasing

Coastal ABA creates community based social training programs that teach young adults with Autism and other developmental disabilities the social skills they need to become contributing members of the community.
Individuals are assessed on their social skill level at the outset of the program. This initial assessment includes preference assessments to determine each individual’s areas of interest. Parents fill out a questionnaire regarding their child’s level of functioning and areas of social skill development they would like to see addressed.
Once we have determined the needs of the individuals in the group, we develop two­ hour social training lessons targeting these needs. Examples of lessons are:

Community Based Social Training Program

  • Meal preparation
  • Using the phone to take and leave messages, set appointments as well as to call friends to meet
  • Using social media appropriately and safely
  • Choosing and engaging in leisure activities individually and with groups of friends

Community Based Social Training Program