Photos of Office and Sample Group Projects

LUNCH Groups® K-12 Programs

Overview

School Year Progams are designed to help students learn to communicate more effectively and manage their feelings and emotions, increasing self-efficacy.

Summer Programs focus on the same skills sets, but with the majority of time spent in the community rather than in a meeting room/classroom setting.

Parent Support occurs with all programs. We hold live and recorded webinars, plus there are multiple parent office meetings offer monthly (for school year) and weekly (for summer).

Meeting Room Photo

Research-Based interventions are used in all of our programs. We primarily use social cognition theory, cognitive-behavioral theory, and applied behavior analysis.

We have treated more than 1,500 students since 2003 and our data shows a 5-year success rate (2013 to 2018) average of 82%, having risen from a previous 5-year success rate (2008-2012) of 64%.

Balanced Student Populations attend our programs. We conduct pre-group assessments on every student to determine how well their needs match our program model. Additionall,y, we use a transdiagnostic model, meaning that some of our student have no diagnosis, while others might have been diagnosed with ADHD, ASD, anxiety or shyness problems, learning disabilities, or related areas.

LUNCH Groups®

K-12 Intensive Summer Programs

8-11 Year-Old Program

We typically accept 10-16 students for this group, we work on age-appropriate social skills, such as having effective conversations, working as part of a group, effective transitioning, understanding things from others' perspectives, mealtime manners, waiting one's turn, listening to others, following directions the first time they are given, making healthy food choices, and developing story ideas.

In contrast to School Year, the Summer program involves taking students out to different events and locations while working on the above-mentioned skills. Parents and students have described it as a more camp-like environment, with a pinch of summer school.

We are currently finalizing dates, but expect the group to start on June 10th and meet MWF from 9:00am to 4:00pm for nine sessions ending on June 28th (three weeks). Unlike our School Year program, we primarily focus on community activities with a small amount of time in the office involved in more pseudo-academic activities and games.

11-13 Year-Old Program

We typically accept 10-16 students for this group, we work on age-appropriate social skills, such as having effective conversations, understanding things from others' perspectives, working as part of a group, effective transitioning, mealtime manners, waiting one's turn, listening to others, following directions the first time they are given, making healthy food choices, and developing story ideas.

In contrast to School Year, the Summer program involves taking students out to different events and locations while working on the above-mentioned skills. Parents and students have described it as a more camp-like environment, with a pinch of summer school.

We are currently finalizing dates, but expect the group to start on July 8th and meet MWF from 9:00am to 4:00pm for nine sessions ending on July 26th (three weeks). Unlike our School Year program, we primarily focus on community activities with a small amount of time in the office involved in more pseudo-academic activities and games.

14-18 Year-Old Program

We typically accept 12-18 students for this group, we work on age-appropriate social skills, such as having effective conversations, understanding things from others' perspectives, working as part of a group, effective transitioning, mealtime manners, waiting one's turn, listening to others, following directions the first time they are given, making healthy food choices, and developing story ideas.

In contrast to School Year, the Summer program involves taking students out to different events and locations while working on the above-mentioned skills. Parents and students have described it as a more camp-like environment, with a pinch of summer school.

We are currently finalizing dates, but expect the group to start on July 9th and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm for seven sessions ending on July 30th (three weeks). Unlike our School Year program, we primarily focus on community activities with a small amount of time in the office involved in more pseudo-academic activities and games.

14-18 Year-Old Program

We typically accept 12-18 students for this group, we work on age-appropriate social skills and those needed for emerging adulthood, such as having effective conversations, understanding things from others' perspectives, working as part of a group, effective transitioning, mealtime manners, waiting one's turn, listening to others, following directions the first time they are given, making healthy food choices, and developing story ideas.

This group meets on Wednesdays from 4-6:30pm twice monthly and goes out to dinner to various nearby restaurants each session.

Parent Support

Teaching parents methods for understanding and improving their child's behavior is a critical key component

Live Webinars

Each month (or for summer, each week), we have webinars where parents can learn essential strategies and techniques for helping their children to be more successful. There is always time for questions and discussion. Parents have the ability to ask questions using their computer audio, calling in by phone, or sending a chat message during the webinar

Recorded Webinars

If parents miss the live webinar, they have access to a recorded version. Our friendly player will display the presentation on any device from phones to desktops. Starting Summer 2019, all webinars will be captioned in addition to having chapter sections. While we do not discuss confidential information or show student videos during webinars, they are only accessible to parents to are active LUNCH Groups® participants.

Live Office Meetings

While the webinars are great for learning new information, parents also learn by coming to office meetings, typically two hours on a weekday or weekend. Here, they can view videos of their child's behavior in group, see live demonstrations of the strategies discussed on the webinars, and discuss their individual child in a supportive group format.

Email Consultation

All parents are able to submit questions and discuss their child's behavior, plus receive personalized tutorials to help them become more familiar with various technology elements of the program. We offer HIPAA-compliant online communication or parents can choose to waive their right and use regular email for communication.

90 second video providing essential information
about our Summer Programs

This 9 minute video describes how we balance
the program and determine which students will attend

Theoretical Underpinnings of LUNCH Groups®

LUNCH Groups®

K-12 School Year Programs

6-8 Year-Olds Program

We typically accept 8-12 students for this group, we work on age-appropriate social skills, such as having effective conversations, working as part of a group, effective transitioning, understanding things from others' perspectives, mealtime manners, waiting one's turn, listening to others, following directions the first time they are given, making healthy food choices, and developing story ideas.

This group meets on Tuesdays from 4-6pm twice monthly and goes shopping or to a nearby restaurant for a snack each session.

8-11 Year-Old Program

We typically accept 10-16 students for this group, we work on age-appropriate social skills, such as having effective conversations, understanding things from others' perspectives, working as part of a group, effective transitioning, mealtime manners, waiting one's turn, listening to others, following directions the first time they are given, making healthy food choices, and developing story ideas.

This group meets on Tuesdays from 4-6pm twice monthly and goes shopping or to a nearby restaurant for a snack each session.

11-13 Year-Old Program

We typically accept 12-18 students for this group, we work on age-appropriate social skills, such as having effective conversations, understanding things from others' perspectives, working as part of a group, effective transitioning, mealtime manners, waiting one's turn, listening to others, following directions the first time they are given, making healthy food choices, and developing story ideas.

This group meets on Tuesdays from 4-6pm twice monthly and goes out to dinner to various nearby restaurants each session.

14-18 Year-Old Program

We typically accept 12-18 students for this group, we work on age-appropriate social skills and those needed for emerging adulthood, such as having effective conversations, understanding things from others' perspectives, working as part of a group, effective transitioning, mealtime manners, waiting one's turn, listening to others, following directions the first time they are given, making healthy food choices, and developing story ideas.

This group meets on Wednesdays from 4-6:30pm twice monthly and goes out to dinner to various nearby restaurants each session.

Our Six Core Treatment Areas

Whether you have an eight year old, thirteen year old, or adult,
we incorporate the following elements into all of our intervention programs

Executive Function

Paying attention; Planning; Organization; Self-monitoring; Self-regulation (emotional control); Effective judgement; Working memory; Successful coping strategies; and Accepting feedback

Pragamatic Understanding

Reading non-verbal facial and gestural cues; Knowing what to say, when to say it, and how to say it; Speaking in a manner that fits specific social situations; Adjusting language usage to the audience being addressed; Giving brief and concise responses

Social Competence

Maintaining effective conversations; 
Knowing how to act in common social situations; Looking at situations from the perspective of others; Remaining on topic; Knowing when (and how) to "jump in" to a discussion; Modulating voice level for different situations

Daily Living Skills

Basic nutritional understanding; Understanding the importance of sufficient sleep; Maintaining hygiene-related behaviors; Trying new foods; Restaurant behavior; Using technology responsibly

Academic/Vocational Readiness

Remaining seated in class; Written and oral comprehension; Participating in group activities; Focusing on the immediate task or conversation; Effective hand-raising; Recognizing what is appropriate conversation and social boundaries for school or the workplace

Environmental Awareness

Pedestrian safety; Effective behavior in community settings, such as restaurants, stores, malls, parks, and community events; Knowing what is safe vs dangerous in the community and taking appropriate cautions

Below are some photos of our office plus some examples of projects from different groups

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