Child & Family Development Child & Family Development

May 18, 2017

Social Skills for ID & DD preteens/teens: Healthy Bodies and Relationships


Objective  The Healthy Bodies and Relationships group is led by Ashley Kies, Ph.D., LPA at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development.  This group is designed to be an introductory course that explores a range of topics including:

  • anatomy
  • hygiene
  • body safety
  • social skills

Ideal participants are those who have an existing diagnosis of an intellectual disability or a developmental disability, lower cognitive ability and a developmental age of at least 8 years old. It may be ideal for people with the following diagnoses: 

  • autism spectrum disorder
  • Down syndrome
  • mitochondrial disease

Participants must be able to:

  • attend to verbally-based instruction
  • engage in group discussions
  • share about his/her own experiences

Dr. Kies introduces topics and guides participants through hands-on activities. Resources and materials are shared with parents to continue practice and teaching between sessions and in the future.

Schedule  As interest exists, groups will be formed to include people of similar ages and skill levels.

Cost  Families may pay privately ($75) per session or use insurance benefits, if available.

Contact  For more information, call psychologist, Ashley Kies, Ph.D. (704-372-9652) 

Click HERE for an information page.