What is the GoriLLA Group?
The program will consist of 10-12 weekly sessions
First, an individual informal assessment will be scheduled. An autism specialist will work with the child to determine the learning style and strengths and challenges, as well as assess group readiness. The autism specialist will also talk with the parent(s) to discuss concerns and goals for intervention sessions. After this appointment, the autism specialist will determine if individual or group therapy is appropriate.
The child and accompanying parent(s) will attend approximately 10 group therapy sessions. The group sessions are a mix of large group activities (parents and children together) and small group activities in which the children will work with one autism specialist while the parents work with another. The curriculum includes activities from Social Thinking ™ and the use of Structured TEACCHing.
Topics covered will and activities related to the child’s individualized goals as well as the following topics:
- Daily Living Skills
- Emotional Understanding
- Self Regulation
- Expected and Unexpected Behaviors
- Conversational Skills
- Thinking about Myself and Thinking about Others
- Understanding Friends
Finally, a post-assessment will be scheduled after you and your child complete the group sessions. This is a time for an autism specialist to assess the knowledge and skills you and your child have gained, as well as discuss further services and resources.
If you are interested in learning if your child may be eligible for group therapy sessions, contact the Chapel Hill TEACCH Center via email TEACCH_ChapelHill@med.unc.edu or call 919-966-5156.
Our clinical services are provided as part of the UNC Health Care system’s UNC Faculty Physicians group. We currently accept the same insurance providers as UNC Health Care. For a complete list click here.