FIT Programs

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F.I.T. (Friendship In Teams)

Social Skills Groups for Children

FIT (Friendship In Teams) is a unique social skills program that offers children a chance to make friends in a fun, engaging environment.  Whether a child struggles socially due to autism spectrum disorder, a learning disability, language delays, ADHD, or social anxiety, we offer a variety of programs designed to help build their social communication skills.  As a parent, it can be heartbreaking to watch your child struggle to make friends at school or experience rejection from peers.  In each of our social skills programs, our caring staff members help children develop valuable social thinking, conversation and self-regulation skills: the tools they need to connect with peers and form friendships.  If you have concerns about your child’s social skills, please do not hesitate to contact us to find out if FIT can help.

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A Word From Nicole Gerami

“When I first began working with young children, I realized that every child truly has a gift. Sometimes that gift is hard to see because there are factors that inhibit it such as echolalia, inattention, anxiety, and underdeveloped language. When children are taught in an environment that is fun, nurturing, and supportive, they thrive. Their gifts begin to shine through and that is the moment when they finally feel understood, and their parents realize that their child is not defined by their diagnosis. The FIT Program was developed in order to help children learn how to socialize, make friends, play games, and communicate in an authentic environment. Capable therapists and trained aides are there every step of the way to encourage and shape new skills. Our social skills programs are designed to help each child grow and thrive.”

Nicole Gerami, M.A., CCC-SLP

FIT Programs

By Age Group

boy pointing at book smiling

Ages 3-4

Ages 5-6

young girl smiling while baking
boy playing in creek

Ages 7-9

Ages 10-12

two boys playing a game of chess together
teenage girls decorating cookies

Ages 13-19

 Program Descriptions

A Variety of Options

Thursday FIT

Scheduled throughout the school year in three 6-10 week sessions in fall, winter and spring, this program is offered once weekly for 7-12 year olds and 13-19 year-olds.  Each class is one hour long and includes a social skills lesson, a structured activity, and play time with staff support so that children have opportunities to practice the skills in an authentic environment.

Saturday FIT

Scheduled throughout the school year in three 6-10 week sessions in fall, winter and spring, this program is offered weekly for children ages 3-12 who are divided into groups by age.  Each class is one hour long and includes a social skills lesson, a structured activity, and play time with staff support so that children have opportunities to practice the skills in an authentic environment.

Office Friendship Groups

Scheduled throughout the school year at the discretion of staff and the need of our clientele, these social skills groups typically meet for 45 minutes on either Monday or Tuesday afternoons at the office of Nicole Gerami, LLC.  Each class includes a social skills lesson, a structured activity, and play time with staff support so that children have opportunities to practice the skills in an authentic environment. Curriculum coordinates with weekly FIT so that students who attend both programs receive extra reinforcement.

Winter Mini-Clinic

Each year we offer a fun winter mini-camp to help kids keep their social skills sharp, their minds engaged, and their bodies moving over winter break. Children are grouped by age and enjoy exciting activities including movement, games, arts and crafts, theme-based literature, and social skills lessons. Kids participate in high-energy physical activity as well as time in the classroom to slow down and engage in language rich activities. Mini-Clinic occurs for 3-4 half days during winter break.

Friends in the Forest

This unique outdoor camp occurs for the last two weeks in June. Kids ages 3-12 develop social skills in a nature-based setting in Metroparks beautiful North Chagrin Reservation. This camp offers children an opportunity to experience a restorative natural environment while engaging in intensive exploration, games and outdoor play with peers. Spaces are limited and campers must meet certain developmental milestones in order to be eligible for registration. 

Preschool Play and Learn

Nicole Gerami LLC offers Preschool Play and Learn, for children ages 3 to 4 years who will be entering preschool in the fall. The focus of the program is on developing and practicing skills needed to make a smooth transition to preschool. Skills targeted include cooperative play, navigating transitions, vocabulary building, letter and number recognition, patterning, following directions, and asking and answering questions in a classroom context. The program runs for three half-days per week and is scheduled for two weeks in early August.

Ready, Set, Kindergarten

Our kindergarten readiness program provides an opportunity for rising kindergarteners to practice the skills needed to successfully navigate this important transition. Children will enjoy phonological awareness activities, language-enriched book time, crafts, letter and number recognition activities, working on listening and following directions in a classroom context, and social skills practice. The small group design and high staff/child ratio allows for ample support as children participate in activities. The program runs for four half-days per week and is scheduled for two weeks in early August.

FIT for College

This group is designed for teens with high functioning autism or similar profiles who are preparing to enter college in the fall. The purpose of the group is to help get the students ready for life on campus, whether they are going away and living in a dorm or commuting from home.   Valuable skills to help with the transition from high school to college will be taught. These include navigating a campus and following a schedule, managing personal finances while at college, living with a roommate, hygiene and health, safety, finding friends, and handling social media.  The program is offered annually early-mid summer.

Parent Testimonials

Hear From Parents Like You

Lisa L.

“FIT has been a fantastic experience for my daughter. Because of the program, I have seen growth in her language, social skills, and physical fitness. The leaders in the FIT program are well-trained therapists who have created a program that is fun and positive for each student.”

Rebecca E.

“The FIT program has been a great experience for our son, who has ADHD. He is learning important social skills and life lessons while being active, having fun and making friends.”

John M.

“We can’t say enough about how important the FIT program has been, not only for our child, but for our whole family… as we continue to learn about her amazing gifts and she continues to develop into the best person that she can be.”