Groundbreakers – Social Skills Connection Group

Groundbreakers is a Social Skills-focused program designed to help children and adolescents who are struggling socially.  All groups meet one time per week.  The groups are designed for those who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder; however, other diagnoses that lead to struggles in social settings may also be appropriate. Examples include ADHD or anxiety.

There are 3 different groups available based upon age and developmental level.  Current age groups that are offered are:

Age 8 – 10

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Age 10 – 12

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Age 13 – 17

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Appropriate candidates for the group should be able to maintain physical safety towards themselves and others and can function appropriately in a small group setting. 

All groups are offered at the Apple Valley location only.

Group Focus

The groups for ages 8 – 10 and 10 – 12 are highly structured with fun activities that revolve around a weekly topic.  Primary skills taught are those regarding:

  • Communication
  • Friendship
  • Boundaries
  • Conflict resolution
  • Impulse control
  • Managing anger and anxiety
  • Perspective taking
  • Flexible thinking
  • Creative problem solving
  • Tolerating unpreferred activities

Practicing skills around these topics in a small group setting with increased support can be beneficial for many children.

The group for ages 13 – 17 is somewhat less structured with more time spent processing and sharing experiences/concerns.  Weekly topics are also incorporated but take on a more flexible role.  Some of the topics covered include:

  • Emotion regulation
  • Anger management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Self-advocacy
  • Self-care
  • Friendships
  • Bullying
  • Embracing uniqueness
  • Finding strengths
  • Dating/romantic relationships

Anyone interested in participating, please contact Groundbreakers staff to get more information and to set up an intake – phone: (651) 454-0114

*All groups are billed under group psychotherapy and covered by most insurance companies.

To schedule an appointment:

Use our online appointment booking tool today or give us a call at (651) 454-0114

At your request, we will contact you confidentially to discuss the program and set an appointment time. 

Minnesota Mental Health Clinics is committed to providing comprehensive and integrated mental health services that meet the needs of clients, families and the community.