Social Language Abilities
Does your bright child struggle socially? Our Social Thinking Skills groups are designed for that quirky child who has no formal diagnosis, as well as for those who do have Aspergers/High Functioning Autism. The goal is to give your child the tools to improve the quality of his or her social life. In 8 to 16 sessions we will be detectives, unlocking the mysteries of social language.
Social groups are designed by age, ranging from 4-18. Each group is designed to meet the social skills required in the clients’ language environments. We use the Socially Thinking curriculum by Michelle Garcia Winner, alongside other therapy techniques. Home programming is an integral part of these sessions and clients share their social detective work with their peers. Video modeling and social homework is also a vital component in these groups.
Tween Groups and Girls’ Group
This social group is designed for the “tween,” age 9-12, who faces challenges in understanding the complex maze of nonverbal and verbal use of social language. Girls’ social skills are often overlooked in the elementary-age years and these children suffer greatly. This group is designed to help by supporting their specific social needs, providing strategies to prevent social miscues and miscommunications in real-life situations – from recess to the school bus. Sessions are designed to address the current social language needs of the group.
Groups run periodically in 8 and 16-week sessions, as well as a one-week intensive (five sessions for 60 minutes).
Social Group Ages 4-6
Social Group Ages 7-9
Social Group Ages 10-13 (Tween Group)
Social Group Ages 14-18
College Students’ Social Groups
Does your college-age child find academics easy, but social life challenging? Pragmatics, the social use of language, is very complex. Missing the nuances of non-verbal language is a common problem – and implied social cues can be frustrating for teens. Dealing with roommates, gender communication differences, and professors bring an entire new social map to life. These young adults may have felt comfortable in high school, but now find that everything has become harder socially. This intensive five-day course provides the social tools that can open a students’ mind to the complex world of “social thinking.”