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Anova After School

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After-School Therapeutic Programs

Fostering understanding;
Building friendships;
Removing barriers for success

 

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ACE Sonoma After-School Therapeutic Programs 

Session II - Week of March 28th – May 23rd
Coming Summer 2016 - I want to Play Too

At our fabulous new location:
50 Mark West Springs Road, Suite 101
Santa Rosa CA, 95403 (Wells Fargo Center for the Arts)

**New in 2016:**

Tuesday STACKs ages 7-12
Wednesday STACKs Ages 10-18
Thursday Buddy Club Ages 5-7
Groups will be developed based on Age and Social Aptitude.

Please Contact Us…

To speak with our Anova receptionist: Call (707) 527-0183
Returning Clients: Please contact Dr. Beth Curtin at Bcurtin@anovaeducation.org as soon as possible if you are interested in signing up for the January session or if you have any questions.

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Anova’s after school therapeutic programs are designed for children with High Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, and other neurodevelopmental differences.

Each program is comprised of small groups which are created based on age, personality and perspective taking abilities and are individualized to meet each client’s needs.

Anova programs emphasize being a “social thinker” in order to foster better relationships at home, in school and throughout the community. Our therapists have developed a unique and highly effective clinical technique that produces measurable results. Our strategies are based on the work of Tony Attwood, Carol Gray, Kari Dunn Buron, Michelle Garcia-Winner and other experts in the field.

Groups run for 75 minutes. A parent education component (generally the last 10-15 minutes) is an important component of the program and a time when specialists review with the parents what techniques were taught during the session that should be carried over at home and school across the week.

If you are interested in your child attending the after-school groups, a Meet and Greet is held, at no cost to the family.  The Meet and Greet is an informal intake process. The therapist meets with the student and parent obtaining information on perspective taking abilities, interests, and skill level. 

 Anova's Buddy Club (ABC)

ABC is a social/play skills therapy group program designed for children ages 5 to 7 years of age. Some of the curriculum includes but is not limited to: 

Being a Social Detective: Basic steps of being a social thinker. Strategies are given on how to share space with others and making a good impression.

Superflex Curriculum: Using cartoon characters, given strategies on how to adapt to the world around them which include changes in routine, accepting feedback from other and understanding that we all have different and unique perspective.

Friendship and Play: Learn about friendship, including sharing, taking turns, joining in play group, problem solving and developing and expanding imaginative play skills.

Emotions: Learning to recognize and manage shades of emotion.

Students will learn the skills of:

  • Improving Self-Esteem
  • Making and Keeping Friends
  • Social Problem Solving
  • Understanding and Verbalizing Feelings
  • Being a “Flexible” Thinker


ABC helps facilitate generalized by empowering parents to be able to:

  • Set up successful play dates
  • Facilitate appropriate social behavior throughout the day
  • Identify and model appropriate social skills
  • Utilize the same social vocabulary as the social coaches


Social Thinking at ACE: a Club for Kids (STACKs)

STACKs is a therapeutic program designed for children 7-18 years of age who show interest in socializing with peers, but have difficulty joining in and sustaining successful interactions. Some of the curriculum includes but is not limited to:

Social Thinking®: Being a social thinker in order to foster better relationships at home, in school and throughout the community.

Flexible Thinking: strategies for understanding how to adapt to the world around them, including changes in routine, accepting feedback from others and understanding that we all have different and unique perspective.

Conversation Skills: learning small talk including using appropriate eye contact, reading and using nonverbal cues, staying on topic, knowing what to talk about and for how long, to speak when it is your turn.

Emotions: Learn how to recognize and manage shades of emotion.

Students will learn the skills of:

  • Perspective taking
  • Personal problem solving
  • Social relatedness

STACKs helps facilitate generalization by empowering parents to be able to:

  • Set up successful play dates or get-togethers
  • Facilitate appropriate social behavior throughout the day
  • Identify and model appropriate social skills
  • Utilize the same social vocabulary as the instructors

I Want to Play too!

I Want to Play Too is designed for children 7-12. The program is designed for children who need help with being successful in big group games, playing with their peers and game related rules and strategies. Games will be played each week.

 Students will learn the skills of:

  • Lessening big reactions and lack of attention when it comes to games
  • Sportsmanship
  • Basic game playing 

"Our son comes home each day with a smile on his face and stories to tell.  He has friends, a teacher and staff who know what he needs and provide it to him. Anova has given my son a chance to be a student, a friend, and most importantly, a sense of belonging to something 'normal'."

-Marcella, parent of an 8th grader

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