USE THE POWER OF A SOCIAL GROUP TO

TEACH YOUR CHILD

HOW TO TALK TO FRIENDS

CREATED BY REBECCA ROBBINS, MS, CCC-SLP

USE THE POWER OF A SOCIAL GROUP TO

TEACH YOUR CHILD

HOW TO TALK TO FRIENDS

CREATED BY

REBECCA ROBBINS MS, CCC-SLP

FULFILLING RELATIONSHIPS ARE POSSIBLE FOR YOUR CHILD

I have spent the last 18 years of my career as a Speech Language Pathologist focusing in the treatment for autistic individuals, with a particular interest in improving executive functioning and relationship development skills. Let’s face it, navigating social relationships is challenging for any child in the late childhood and tween years. The addition of a diagnosis of Autism, ADHD, et al only adds to that challenge.

Parents invest in Buddy Group because they want their child to have a sense of belonging with their peers, and increase their confidence in their ability to engage with others by enhancing their conversation skills.

My mission and goal is to help as many children as possible to navigate through their social lives a little easier, which is why I started Buddy Group in 2018.

because

Relationships

Are What

Make Life

Worth Living

Does your child have difficulty carrying on conversations with his/her peers?

Do they seem to only want to talk about their own interests?

Do they miss subtle, nonverbal cues that happen in conversations?

Do you want your child to be better equipped to make and maintain friendships?

Buddy Group can help your child build the skills and confidence to socialize with their peers.

YOU worry and wonder IF YOUR

CHILD WILL GROW UP FEELING LONELY

the more you step in to help your child be successful in social situations...

The more your child seems to become dependent on you.

It's hard to find a group where your child feels they belong

You've tried other groups and they don't seem to resonate with your child's interests and abilities.

You're afraid your child will not have fulfilling relationships.

You haven't found a good solution to enhance their social life and you are looking for a group that works for you and your child.

Buddy Group prioritizes welcoming your child for exactly who they are and fosters bonding with others in the group.

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Parents Talking About Buddy Group

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I was able to participate with my daughter

Before starting Buddy Group, I struggled with helping my child stay engaged with her peers.  I had taken one of Rebecca’s online speech classes in search of alternative ways for my child to communicate, so I decided to give the Buddy Group program a try too.  I was hesitant to invest in the program because I wasn’t sure if my daughter would be able to participate with the class, but there are limited programs available to my child where I’m able to participate with her as well.  Since joining Buddy Group, my daughter has become more responsive and attentive to her classmates as well as her teacher.  She has also been able to get our attention more appropriately when she wants to communicate with us and has been more patient while waiting.  My daughter is very happy while in Buddy Group classes and enjoys being around her classmates.

~L Veros

 

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From only being able to say "hi" to enjoying talking with friends

Before joining Buddy Group, my son had trouble maintaining communications beyond saying “hi.”  I saw an advertisement on Facebook for the group and decided to give it a try, even though I wasn’t sure if my child would benefit from it.  Since joining Buddy Group, my son has started using longer sentences.  He also waits for his turn while conversing.  The most helpful part of Buddy Group has been having a peer to converse with while also having support from the therapist.  The homework helps a lot on days when he’s not doing class sessions.  We are very happy with the progress our son has made.  He has said he likes talking with his friends and singing the songs that each session opens and closes with.  We want to thank Rebecca for all her hard work!

~AJ

 

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Rebecca made signing up an easy decision

My son has always been outgoing but struggled with tone, reading body language, using an “indoor voice,” and having confidence.  He was feeling lonely during the height of remote school days when I came across the online Buddy Group option.  It seemed like a great, safe place to not only connect with other kids like him, but to gain conversation skills in the process.  Rebecca’s experience, positivity, and enthusiasm made signing up an easy decision.  Social skills may always be a challenge for my son given his diagnosis, but since joining Buddy Group, his confidence has improved and most importantly he is happy. Gains are a work in progress and Miss Rebecca and her program are a vital part of his progress. He looks forward to the classes Tuesday nights because of the connection he feels with the group, and in his words “Buddy Group is a great opportunity to make friends, play games and learn new things. Miss Rebecca is very nice and fun.”

~ H Edgar

 

Socialization is crucial to a child's success in home, school, community and beyond.

As a speech language pathologist, I recognized a huge lack of opportunities in the community for children and adults to receive support in this area.

I created buddy group to teach the students how to form better relationships while providing support and training to parents.

i am passionate about helping my students improve their lives

while making friends.

The real value of buddy group

When I first started Buddy Group, I was really focused on the curriculum and the conversation skills that I was teaching my students. However, my first classes were two hours long, so I would always make time to facilitate an interactive game for my students, as well as end each class with a game that required my students to work together as a team as a “down time” for them. 

The more and more I ran the classes, I started to realize how much value these “down times” had for my students.

It was during these games that they started interacting with each other more. They would cheer each other on during team activities, and encourage the kids that had a harder time in the game.

They would laugh with each other and, most importantly, it was during the "down times" that they would truly BOND! Which really is the whole point of Buddy Group, isn’t it?

It was through these games that my students taught me the real value of Buddy Group.

Now, interacting through teamwork, challenges and games is a core part of my Buddy Group program. Sure, the curriculum is still important because the lessons really teach my students the “how” to interact with their friends. But, the games and cooperative activities are where they learn to put those skills into practice in a functional way that will stay with them for life. 

all classes are created by rebecca robbins ms, ccc-slp, and delivered by an ASHA certified speech-language pathologists

PLUS: In Buddy Group we occasionally invite special guest peers to help promote generalization of learned skills.

INtroducing: Buddy Group

YOUR CHILD WILL TALK MORE

YOUR CHILD WILL BE EXCITED TO PARTICIPATE

YOUR CHILD WILL BOND WITH PEERS

...and HAVE FUN!

INtroducing: Buddy Group

YOUR CHILD WILL TALK MORE

YOUR CHILD WILL BE EXCITED TO PARTICIPATE

YOUR CHILD WILL BOND WITH PEERS

...and HAVE FUN!

Get the Above Benefits And Results Without.....

Wasted Time....

Wasted Money....

Wasted Energy....

What other buddy group families are saying

Their children are making strides in a safe and fun learning environment that enriches their lives.

He attends longer at dinner

~ Doris, Cornwall, NY

"Before we started Buddy Group with Rebecca our son was not able to hold a conversation. There was no back and forth, only him telling us what toys he wanted to buy or what movies he wanted to see. I came across Rebecca’s program through a recommendation from a friend. I was a little hesitant to join the program at first because of the time commitment and distance to get to session on a work night but, ultimately, decided to give the program a chance because I knew that speech therapy (getting him to annunciate) would not be enough to have him be a successful adult.

Our son has been participating in Buddy Group for a year and we have seen such great changes in him as a result. He will attend longer at dinner. When we point out he is being a "conversation thief" (a term we learned in Buddy Group) he will attempt to join in or wait his turn. I find the most helpful part of Rebecca’s program to be that it is teaching him the abstract skill of carrying on a conversation, no small task for a group of boys on the spectrum. When I asked my son what his favorite part of Buddy Group was, he said…”Rebecca!”

"In 2009, our son was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. When he was four years old, we were BLESSED to welcome Rebecca Robbins onto our therapy team. Rebecca had specific training in Relationship Development Intervention techniques and professional & personal experience helping children affected by autism increase both communication and socialization. In addition to working 1:1 with our son for six years, Rebecca was also able to offer us Parent Training & Counseling.

When our son was 11, he enrolled in the Social Skills class with Rebecca to help his socialization and increase his communication abilities specific to initiating and maintaining conversations. This “buddy group” was a weekly program he looked forward to attending. He recently told me that he especially enjoyed earning points for using topic starter questions and making follow up comments. He is also fond of her teaching style using games to learn, play and have conversations with his “buddies”.

Currently, he participates as a biweekly “part-time” guest/role model in “buddy group” which has helped his confidence and gives him a great opportunity to practice his conversation skills. Rebecca Robbins is fun, friendly, smart, reliable, enthusiastic, empowering, educated, and offers a great mix of personal and professional styles in her teachings. We are grateful to have her as a role model continuing to empower and educate our family!"

buddy group is an integral part to our therapy team for autism spectrum disorder

~ Stacey, Goshen, NY

he initiates conversations at school

~ Britney, New Windsor, NY

"Our son started seeing Rebecca for social skills to improve his communication. We were very confident in her knowledge base and professionalism. She is extremely patient and kind with our son. Everyone has noticed an improvement in his speech and language skills. Staff at his school have stopped to tell me how he will initiate a greeting as he passes them in the hall. We have also begun seeing her for private speech sessions because we have been so pleased with his progress in her group setting."

REBECCA IS A GREAT ASSET

"Rebecca has a great pedigree having provided speech therapy services in a VBA school and also within a traditional district, in addition to performing regularly in community theatre and therefore bringing the perfect level of animation to her sessions. She is bright, inquisitive and consultative. Rebecca is always looking for and willing to try new techniques. We can see real progress that we can attribute directly to Rebecca’s work with our son, whom she has been treating for five years. She is an incredible asset and we know that we are extremely fortunate to be working with this very important member of our team."

~ Jennifer, Campbell Hall, NY

SOLVING THE RELATIONSHIP PUZZLE FOR YOUR CHILD

a social and language skills group that will help your child learn to talk with their friends and family through conversation, engagement, and fun!

BUDDY GROUP GIVES YOU

weekly classes, virtual and in-person in NEW YORK AND PENNSYLVANIA.

built-in parent training

Course materials

Weekly Home Carry-over Activities

Level 1 curriculum

Discovering Shared Interests

This unit focuses on learning the importance of talking to friends about shared interests (aka discovering what you have in common) and teaches the students how to find out what their friends are interested in.

Starting Conversations

This unit teaches the students how to start conversations with other people by asking Topic Starter Questions. The students are taught specific question types to use so that they feel confident starting conversations with their friends.

The Communication Cycle

This unit teaches the students the difference between a good and bad communication cycle. Then they dive into learning how to make comments that match what their friends say so that they don’t have a…BREAKDOWN!

Keep the Conversation Going

The next unit continues to build upon the conversational foundation built thus far and teaches the students how to keep their conversations going by adding follow-up comments or questions to the interaction. They learn the rules of how to create a good follow-up and get to practice in fun interactive activities.

Bounce It Back!

In this unit, the students learn how to keep a conversation going by “bouncing a question back” that their talking partner just asked them. Then, this skill is taken a step further by teaching the students how to use “Bounce It Back Comments” as a follow-up to keep the conversation going.

being a listener

This unit teaches the students that there are actually two jobs in a conversation; the talker and the listener. The students learn how to play the part of a listener in conversations and then practice their new listening skills during fun interactive games and activities. 

opportunities to practice

No matter what level of Buddy Group your child is in, opportunities to practice conversations happen in every class. We practice during games, warm-up activities, lessons, and with special guests. 

Level 2 curriculum

level 1 review

The Level 2 Buddy Group semester starts off by reviewing the foundational lessons of Buddy Group so that all students head into the semester with the same core knowledge & vocabulary. The students use this review time to get to know each other and to practice having conversations. 

becoming a conversation detective

This unit teaches the students how to become detectives in their own conversations by finding specific kinds of clues in their interactions (i.e. reading facial expressions, paying attention to tone of voice, etc) so that they fully understand the whole meaning of exchanges with their friends.

becoming a topic changer superhero

This unit teaches the students how to use their conversational superpowers to know exactly how to change the topic in a conversation with their friends. 

beyond my words

This unit focuses on strengthening the students' understanding and use of body language. The students will practice being nonverbal communicators and work on understanding the nonverbal communication of others, too. 

should i say this?

In this unit, the students learn how to engage in conversations in a way that leaves everyone feeling good. The students learn the difference between a factual response and an empathic response and how each one may make their friends feel. Then they get to practice how to word things during challenging social situations and/or hard conversations. 

coping with frustration

In this unit, the students are taught the actual science of what happens in their brain when they feel upset or frustrated in a way that they can understand. Then, they are taught strategies to use in the moment to help themselves feel calmer and how they can help when their friends feel upset.

opportunities to practice

No matter what level of Buddy Group your child is in, opportunities to practice conversations happen in every class. We practice during games, warm-up activities, lessons, and with special guests. 

Parent training and support

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Access to Materials

Parents receive access to all class materials, including lesson slide shows and visual supports so that you are equipped with all the tools you need to help your child use what they're learning outside of class times.

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Carry-Over Assignments

You'll see great progress in your child when you know exactly the stage of learning they're in, and the language to use to be able to implement practice time at home confidently.

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Access to Instructor

Occasionally our parents need a little extra support. We are here to make sure your questions and concerns are addressed.

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Classes For All Ages

Class availability is dependent upon enrollment.

In Person Classes

Goshen, NY and Phoenixville, PA

NY Classes Instructed By: [Instructor TBD]

PA Classes Instructed By: Adelyn Jenkins MA, CCC-SLP

Virtual Online Classes

Available in NY and PA

All Classes Instructed By: Founder, Rebecca Robbins MS, CCC-SLP

Level 1 and Level 2 Classes Available

Ages 8-12

Ages 13-16

Ages 17 -25

Placement into classes is dependent upon:

  • Enrollment

  • Best fit for communication style

  • Needs of enrolled students

enrollment open now

for spring 2023 semester!

$200 per month

The Spring 2023 Buddy Group

runs between the weeks of

January 30th and June 19th.

~Classes meet weekly for one hour~

Virtual or In-Person Classes Available for residents of NY & PA

NY In Person classes held in Goshen, NY

PA In Person classes held in Phoenixville, PA

(NY Residents: Class may be approved for use of self-direction funds.)

enrollment open now

for spring 2023 semester!

$200 per month

The Spring 2023 Buddy Group

runs between the weeks of

January 30th and June 19th.

~Classes meet weekly for one hour~

Virtual or In-Person Classes Available for residents of NY & PA

NY In Person classes held in Goshen, NY

PA In Person classes held in Phoenixville, PA

(NY Residents: Class may be approved for use of self-direction funds.)

Is Buddy Group Right For You?

To Qualify For Enrollment, Your Child Must Be Able To

Talk in sentences and answer questions about preferred topics.

Be able to attend in a small group setting with minimal adult support for attention and behavior

To Qualify For Enrollment, Your Child Must Be Able To

Talk in sentences and answer questions about preferred topics.

Be able to attend in a small group setting with minimal adult support for attention and behavior

Use This Space To Talk About A Guarantee

If They Are Not 100% Satisfied.

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"He now understands the back and forth of a conversation and has more appropriate comments and questions in his repertoire."

"Before we started Buddy Group with Rebecca our son had difficulty understanding how to talk to family and friends. He did not understand the back and forth of having a conversation.

When I came across Rebecca’s program it was exactly what I was looking for to help my son.

Our son has been participating in Buddy Group for two years now and we have seen such great changes in him as a result. He now understands the back and forth of a conversation and has more appropriate comments and questions in his repertoire.

When you have a child with communication issues you quickly realize how difficult it is to help them. We needed someone to help us break down the skills so that we could help our son understand how to communicate with others.

Rebecca was incredible in providing us with the weekly lesson materials and homework assignments. This helped us understand exactly how he learned each skill and enabled us to have him generalize the skill with others.

When I asked my son what his favorite part of Buddy

Group was, he said, “I like when I get to talk and share conversations with everyone.” We are forever grateful for Rebecca and her Buddy Group. It's an incredible program which would benefit any child who needs help communicating and socializing.”

Danielle

Life long changes happen as a result of buddy group

Imagine...

  • Your child being able to carry on a conversation with others

  • Understanding how to help your child in the future

  • Feeling that sense of relief and gratitude

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