ICCD Services

Friendship Groups

NOW ENROLLING for Winter/Spring 2018!
Parent-Assisted Intervention Groups


Friendship Group:
A program for kids who want to make friends, but are struggling to develop close connections

8-10-Year-Old Group – Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 in Newton
10-12-Year-Old Group – Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 in Newton

8-10-Year-Old Group – Thursdays 4:00-5:00 in Canton
10-12-Year-Old Group – Wednesdays 5:15-6:15 in Canton
13-15-Year-Old Group – Thursdays 5:15-6:15 in Canton

NEW! Social Skills/Self-Regulation Group: A program for kids who are struggling with cooperation, conflict management, and managing emotions in social interactions

1st and 2nd Grade Students – Tuesdays 5:15-6:15 in Newton

NEW! Executive Functioning Group: A therapeutic approach to supporting kids who are struggling with organization, time management, and planning

Middle School Students – Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 in Canton

For more information or to enroll, please contact Dr. Carolyn Kuehnel at
ckuehnel@iccdpartners.org or by calling 781-619-1556


WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT FRIENDSHIP GROUP:

It is a great and very practical and honest way to help kids develop skills they need. I definitely saw progress and saw him using what he learned in school and with family and friends.

I would recommend it to parents who were looking for an explicit, skill-oriented program. Very often friendship groups seem to have less explicit teaching and I’m glad this had “skills” taught plus time for the kids to interact.

My child made leaps and bounds in his social skills – he went from having no friends to being the life of the party!

ICCD Friendship Group offered wonderful instruction and support for my child. I especially appreciated the parent group, (which I initially was not excited about), talking about the lessons helped my understanding and comfort with the material and motivated me to practice and be accountable for the homework – basically helped us get the most out of our sessions.

It is a great group for learning social skills, but it is up to the parents to put them in action.

Awesome resource for parents – I learned a lot about different places or websites that were beneficial and the kids had awesome leaders for their sessions and were able to gain very useful skills that will help in school and in life.


Interested in Participating? Read on for more information!


Must my child have a diagnosis to participate?

No. Although some children with ASD, ADHD, NVLD, Anxiety, or other learning challenges may benefit from our groups, other children without diagnoses may also be a good fit. With that said, insurance coverage will likely depend on whether your insurance company views group as “medically necessary”.

What is the structure of groups?
Most groups run for 14 weeks and each group is 60 minutes long. The group curriculum is structured and sequential, with skills building upon one another each week. Therefore, it is important that participants commit to attending all sessions.

How many children are there in each group?
We aim to have approximately four to six children per group.

Are parents involved?
Our groups are offered with concurrent parent training sessions. That is, while the children attend group in one room, parents meet in another room and learn how to promote skills in the home and community settings.

Who runs the groups?
We have a team of clinicians running groups, including licensed psychologists, Master’s level clinicians, post-doctoral fellows, and pre-doctoral psychology interns.

How much do groups cost?
The child group is $40/week for the 60-minute session. Although not guaranteed, some families may be successful with obtaining coverage through insurance for these services. We currently accept BCBS and Optum/UBH and can assist you with seeking coverage from those agencies. Parent sessions are $20 per week out-of-pocket. Insurance does not cover parent education/training.

How do I enroll?
The first step to enrolling would be an intake interview with you and your child. The intake interview is important, as it provides the group leaders an opportunity to get to know your child and learn about his/her strengths and weaknesses. This is important for making sure that your child is a good match with other children/adolescents in the group. To schedule an intake, please email Dr. Carolyn Kuehnel at ckuehnel@iccdpartners.org.

What if my child is not a good fit with the other children in the upcoming group?
Ultimately, it is most important that your child has an opportunity to be successful during group. If it is determined that there is not a great match between your child and other children in the upcoming group, you may be placed on a waiting list.