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THRIVE- Teen Social Learning

THRIVE  is a group for teens and young adults (developmentally  ages 14-22) with autism looking to participate in discussions and expand understanding of society's unwritten rules. Using Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson’s innovate book, “The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults,” the group facilitator of THRIVE provides individuals with evidence-based tools for building friendships and relationships. This group provides a safe environment and encourages individuals to discuss experiences with like-minded peers. The group facilitator is an adult on the autism spectrum who shares his story and experiences with participants.  

Registration is required.  Register using this link:

2023 Thrive Teen Social Learning Group

AutismTN Teen and Adult Programs do not require membership

More about the group facilitator, Dave Griffin. 

Dave is a certified teacher, coach, and referee. He holds multiple positions within the community in education and disability advocacy. He thrives in learning environments and excels in his position as Teen & Adult Programs Coordinator. He is a self-advocate and a sought after public speaker in the autism community for sharing his story. Dave received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, Masters Degree from Peabody at Vanderbilt University.

“What makes this book unique from other books that the tips and strategies we offer come directly from scientific research about what works and what doesn’t work in social situations.  We call the strategies we teach ecologically valid, which is a fancy way of saying that they work in the real world.” (Laugeson, pg. 14, The Science of Making Friends)

Sources Used:

The Science of Making Friends

Elizabeth A. Laugenson

ISBN:  978-1-118-12721-6

The Peers Curriculum for School-Based Professionals

Elizabeth A. Laugenson

ISBN: 978-0-415-62696-5

The source, The Peers Curriculum for School-Based Professionals, provides didactic lessons to complement Laugenson’s original text.

Course Schedule (Drop in anytime)

  • Chapter 1: Why Teach Social Skills to Teens and Young Adults?

  •  Chapter 2: Finding and Choosing New Friends
  • Chapter 3: Good Conversations
  • Chapter 4: Starting and Entering Conversations
  • Chapter 5: Exiting Conversations
  • Chapter 7: Showing Good Sportsmanship
  • Chapter 8: Enjoying Successful Get Togethers
  • Chapter 9: Dealing With Arguments
  • Chapter 10: Handling Verbal Teasing
  • Chapter 6: Managing Electronic Communication

  • Chapter 11: Managing Cyber Bullying
  • Chapter 12: Minimizing Rumors and Gossip
  • Chapter 13: Avoiding Physical Bullying
  • Chapter 14: Changing A Bad Reputation

(615) 270-2077
955 Woodland Street,
Nashville, TN 37206

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