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Lunch Bunch Exposure Group at ATS 2020-2021

Peer interaction group for children with SM, recovering SM, and related social anxiety disorders. We will practice interacting with peers over a simulated school lunch hour to increase confidence and decrease avoidance. 




Advanced Therapeutic Solutions, Group Room 
600 W. 22nd Street
Suite 250
Oak Brook, IL 60523

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Advanced Therapeutic Solutions 
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Lunch Bunch 2020-2021 COVID-19 Update

ATS has put safety procedures into place to protect our patients, staff, and community. Masks, social distancing, plexiglass, and frequent cleaning of surfaces, rooms, and toys are routine. Please call 630-230-6505 if you have any quesitons. Thank you!

What is Lunch Bunch? 


ATS's Lunch Bunch therapy group provides a safe environment in which children with selective mutism, social phobia, or other related anxiety disorders can practice age-appropriate activities and conversations, opening the pathway for engaging in these experiences outside of therapy. This group will simulate a school lunch hour with lunch and recess to help children practice eating in front of others, process school experiences and deepen the fear extinction related to social encounters in school.The therapeutic goals include habituating to anxiety, decreasing behavioral inhibition, increasing verbal interaction, and applying treatment gains into the school setting.

Lunch Bunch is ideal for children who are ready to expand their treatment into group settings and would benefit from a peer group in which all the children are coping with anxiety. This group is for children in the advanced stage of group therapy as well as those who require continued maintenance of treatment gains, and is offered as a flexible group for which you can select the dates to attend.



Lunch Bunch is one of ATS's more advanced groups (Level 4). The group is designed to continue to foster the generalization of verbal and social skills in a peer group setting. This group is intended for children who have received outpatient individual therapy and have reached the goal of responding directly and consistently to their primary therapist. Children must also demonstrate the ability to respond to the group therapist during the session, and it is possible that there will be several group therapists present. Previous experience in group therapy (e.g., successfully participated in Come Play, Social Thinking, Social Exposures Group, Adventure Camp, etc.) is also an indicator of readiness for this advanced group. Therefore, this group is appropriate for children who are ready for the next level of group exposures or who can benefit from specific social/peer activities to help maintain treatment gains.

The prerequisites are as follows:
  • 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 (1:3 Child to Therapist ratio).
  • Demonstrates the ability to seperate from parent and enter group room independently
  • Demonstrates the ability to respond directly to Group Therapist in the presence of peers 
  • Demonstrates the ability to interact verbally with limited assistance by the Group Facillitator 

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

  • Has particiated in Adventure Camp or Winter Adventure.
  • Has participated in Social Exposures Group or Social Thinking Group at ATS.

If you are not sure 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 with ATS. 

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 intake evaluation.


What to Expect - Ongoing One-Hour Group Sessions

Lunch Bunch is designed to be a flexible, open, ongoing group. You can select the dates you'd like your child to attend. The dates offered are listed below. To register, click on the links. Note that a registration needs to be filled out for each month. If you have any problems with registering, call Intake Coordinator at 630-230-6505 and she can register your child over the phone, or contact her via email at

Children are to bring their own packed lunch, preferably using the same lunch sack they use for school. Children are to wear a mask and can remove their mask while eating. Plexiglass will be set up between kids to ensure safety while eating. Games will include social-distance-friendly games, such as pool noodle tag (an Adventure Camp favorite!).

If you are also interested in Courage Club (which occurs on Saturdays after Lunch Bunch), Click Here.



Group sessions are billed at $95.00 per session.  If you cancel before the Session, you will be refunded for the full session less a $25 administrative fee. The enrollment fee is non-refundable after the group session begins, regardless of the circumstances. To cancel, call 630-230-6505 Ext 2. Insurance CPT code is 90853. Statements will be provided to those who wish to submit to their insurance for reimbursement.

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Click below to register. If you have any problems with registration, contact or call Intake Coordinator at 630-230-6505. Our office is open Tuesday - Saturday, 9am - 5:30pm.