Pediatric Therapy Services

Model Me

Therapy Services, Westlake, offers a social skills group based on the Model Me Kids® video-modeling program and Social Thinking®. Model Me Kids supports social skills training for children with autism, Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified, nonverbal learning disorder, and other developmental delays. Goals of the approach include helping children learn to relate to others, work effectively as part of a team, and learn effectively as part of a group. Social Thinking is a language-based approach best utilized by people with solid language and intelligence, aged 4 through adulthood.

Model Me ran a 12 week program that ran at Westlake, Beachwood, and Stow/Falls. Pre- and post assessments were obtained using the Home & Community Social Behavior Scales (HCSBS). The HCSBS is a 64-item behavior rating scale designed for use in evaluating social competence and antisocial behavior in children and youth aged 5–18. This instrument was used to monitor and measure behavioral change and responsiveness during the course of the group.

In 2016-2018, 68% of the participants demonstrated an improvement in social competence and 72% percent of participants demonstrated an improvment in antisocial behavior.

Social Competence (N = 53)

2016 - 2018

Antisocial Behavior (N = 53)

2016 - 2018