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Fall Social Exposures Group



Social Exposures Group will help facilitate treatment gains for your child into the community setting among a group of peers. Groups involve an hour of preparation where children will role-play and engage in imaginal exposure with therapeutic support in preparation for the actual exposure event. 


What are Social Exposures Groups? 

Join us for a specialized program by ATS called Social Exposures Group! The purpose of this group is to help transfer treatment gains into the community setting. These groups are for children who have reached goals in an office and/or community setting individually, and who have progressed enough to take their new skills into a more public arena. For children who suffer from social anxiety/phobia with or without selective mutism, community exposures can serve as a catalyst for generalization into new settings.

Social Exposure Groups all typically involve up to one hour of imaginal exposure, role-play, and preparation, and one hour or more of the actual exposure event. 

Social Exposures Group may help you as parents to learn how you can facilitate social and verbal goals when out in the community with your child.


What to Expect

Social Exposures Group is designed to be a flexible option where parents can pick and choose which groups they would like their child to participate in. All spring and summer groups are two hours in duration on the same day. The dates offered and a brief description of the activities are listed below. Clicking on each link will take you to the event registration page, where you can register your child. Note that a registration form needs to be completed for each group you are interested in. If you have any problems registering, contact the intake coordinator at 630-230-6505 or admin@advancedtherapeuticsolutions.org.



Upcoming 2019 Social Exposures Groups

10/5/2019 Home Depot Craft- Fire Plane - Click to register!
We will celebrate Fire & Safety Month through creating a fire plane! Not only will we be learning how to use tools such as a screwdriver, but we will also learn the parts of a plane as we build and decorate our creations! Kids will take home their plane at the end of the event.

10/12/2019 Teddy Bear Clinic at Cosley Zoo - Click to register!
Children should bring their favorite stuffed animal for a check-up! Children will learn the routine of how to give a basic medical check- up and will be given opportunities to ask the medical staff questions.

10/19/2019 Haunted Halloween Party at Disney Store - Click to register!
Children should come dressed as their favorite character! We will practice using brave talking skills while playing Halloween games and engaging in group activities.

11/2/2019 Putting the "A" in S.T.E.A.M. at Hinsdale Library - Click to register!
You may know that S.T.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, And Mathematics. So, we are putting the "A" in S.T.E.A.M by creating artwork that COMBINES science and art!

11/9/2019 Ball Factory in Naperville - Click to register!
We will be exploring the Ball Factory and their many play stations, including: Imagination Playground, Ball Blasting Arena, Interactive Play Floor, Ball Pit, and Multi-Story Play Structure. Children should come wearing SOCKS and with WAIVER signed. Waiver Link: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/27ec7d_ac06763736ad424bade57b245c7cc7e6.pdf; https://www.ballfactoryfun.com/playground

11/16/2019 ATS Puppet show at Hinsdale Library - Click to register!
We will be watching a puppet show presentation by ATS! We will also be inviting other children to watch the show with us. Toward the end of the event, children will be ordering a snack from the cafe downstairs! Please provide spending money ($5-10) for children to pay for their snack.


11/30/2019 Santa's Craft Corner - Click to register!
We will be practicing brave skills while making crafts, having refreshments, and taking a group photo with Santa!


12/7/2019 Holiday Gift Shopping Day - Click to register!
Children will purchase inexpensive holiday gifts for those they love. Please provide SPENDING MONEY for your child. Also, please discuss gift recipients and gift ideas with child prior to session. Don't forget mom, dad, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, friends, and pets! 



 Past Events:

  • Barnes and Noble Story Time
  • Lincoln Park Zoo Scavenger Hunt and Play Time
  • Michael's Kid Craft and Scavenger Hunt
  • Group Story and Craft at Wood Dale Library
  • Home Depot Kids Craft and Scavenger Hunt
  • Santa's Craft Corner at Cosley Zoo
  • Barnes and Noble Storytime
  • Wilder Park Group Playtime


  • Child must have completed sessions at ATS within the last three months, including at least one peer session (1:1 child to therapist ratio) or group session.
  • Demonstrates the ability to separate from parent(s) after a 5-10 minute warm-up during individual therapy and/or group sessions.
  • Demonstrates the ability to interact verbally with limited assistance by the group facilitator.

Readiness for the group can also be demonstrated by the following:

In the past 6 months, has:

  • Participated in Adventure Camp or Winter Adventure (1:1 Camper to Counselor ratio).
  • Participated in Social Thinking Group or Social Exposures in the past.
  • Participated in Courage Club.

If you are unsure if your child meets these prerequisites, talk it over with your child's ATS therapist. If it has been over three months since your child has been in treatment at ATS, then a refresher session may be necessary to reacquaint your child.

If it has been over 6 months since your child has been in treatment at ATS, or your child has never received treatment at ATS, and you think this group is ideal for your child's needs, please contact ATS at 630-230-6505 to set up an evaluation or email admin@advancedtherapeuticsolutions.org.



Social Exposures Group is not a long-term commitment; you can select the events you would like your child to attend. The group is innovative and useful for children with situation-specific symptoms that are the hallmark of selective mutism and/or social anxiety. With this group, ATS Therapists can take your child to the next level of exposure by being in the community with your child and treating symptoms in-vivo in a group setting.

The group fee is $85 per hour. By participating in this group, instead of paying for an individual community session with an ATS therapist, you split the cost with other families and avoid a travel fee.

Insurance CPT code is 90853. Statements will be provided to those who wish to submit to their insurance for reimbursement.

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