SMART Program is a social group program offered by Nationwide Children's Hospital. The program teaches children the fundamental social skills necessary to build and maintain relationships. It is comprised of toddler, preschool, elementary and middle school children with a 14-year-old age limit.
Social groups are recommended for children who:
Children may have a diagnosis of Autism, PDD, Asperger's, ADHD, developmental delay, social/ language disorder or a suspected social language disorder.
developing tolerance for sitting and structure
following a visual schedule
improving joint attention
improving eye contact
improving play skills
greeting and engaging with peers and adults
increased use of language or alternative communication
participation in group activities (circle time, crafts, group games)
improving ability to transition from one activity to another
redirecting behavior when inappropriate
answering questions (yes/no and simple to complex who, what, when, where, why questions)
SMART groups take place at:
Must have recent evaluation in Occupational Therapy and Speech (within the past 12 months) or current Individualized Education Program (IEP). If you have not had an evaluation in these areas within the past year, you must call to schedule an evaluation.
Must have Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology prescriptions on file.
Groups are implemented by a Speech Language Pathologist, an Occupational Therapist, and a therapy aide (ratio of 3: to 6 or 8)
Each SMART session lasts 10 to 12 weeks (approximately 4 sessions per year; summer session is 12 weeks)
Children may attend more than one session (treating therapist makes recommendations following session completion)
Groups are scheduled based on age and need from our waiting list
Each patient is charged a one hour extended Speech Therapy group charge and a one hour extended Occupation Therapy group charge.
Insurance that covers traditional speech therapy will also cover our group therapy.
SMART Program Therapists