Speech and Language Pathology STAR Program :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

STAR Program: Social Teaching and Rehearsing

STAR Program is a social group program offered by Nationwide Children's Hospital. The program teaches children the fundamental social skills necessary to build relationships. It is comprised of preschool, elementary and middle school children.

Social groups are recommended for children who:

  • need help developing their pragmatic language skills to more age appropriate levels
  • need help learning to cooperate and play appropriately with peers
  • have higher level language skills - it is important that your child be very verbal
  • are able to participate in group activities without requiring many sensory breaks

Children may have diagnosis of high functioning Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, social/language disorder or suspected social language disorder. 


  • “The Little Dippers” (Preschool, ages 3-6) 
  • “The Comets” (Elementary, ages 6-11) 
  • “The Asteroids” (Middle School ages 11-13) 

Topics to be covered in groups:

  • Greeting
  • Body Language
  • Turn-taking
  • Topic Maintenance
  • Conversations
  • Play/ Games with Peers

Additional Information:

  • STAR groups will take place at the following locations:

  • Groups are implemented by one Speech Language Pathologist  (ratio of 1:4 or1:5)

  • Each STAR session lasts 12 weeks (approximately 4 sessions/year; summer session is 8 weeks)

  • Children may attend 1-2 sessions but not consecutive sessions (treating therapist makes recommendations following session completion; child may go back on waiting list for another group at a later date)

  • Groups are scheduled based on age and need from our waiting list

  • Each patient is charged a one hour extended Speech Therapy group charge (insurance that covers traditional speech therapy will also cover our group therapy)

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000