Social-Emotional Learning Groups / Camps
Our Social-Emotional Learning opportunities are designed for a variety of diagnoses with the goal to develop a "roadmap" to the neurotypical world, to build on strengths and to develop self-advocacy skills:
Our approach to social skills focuses on a cognitive linguistic model. Rather than "training social skills", our goal is to have children and teens understand how and why neurotypical people act the way they do in various settings
and situations, so they may choose how to best interact in the most comfortable and beneficial way for them.
Our groups seek to embrace the individuality of each member by building on individual strengths, not perceived deficits. We focus on finding and supporting strengths in four areas: Executive Functioning, Self-Advocacy, Self-Regulation,
and Social Interaction. Although not all children have a formal diagnosis, many will benefit from social-emotional learning, and from developing executive functioning, problem-solving and Theory of Mind (TOM). Our aim is to encourage
participants to focus on identifying and developing their special talents and abilities.
TOM, sometimes referred to as cognitive empathy or perspective-taking, is the ability to accurately imagine another’s thoughts, feelings, desires, motivations and intentions, and to understand that others have beliefs, desires, intentions,
and perspectives that are different from one's own. Children with ADHD and Autistic children often struggle a great deal with perspective-taking, which repeatedly yields difficulties with family relationships, with navigating social
situations in school and in the community, and with making and keeping friends.
Theory of Mind Development
- Understand that you are a distinct person from those around you, and that other people may have different feelings and perspective than your own.
- Recognize feelings in both yourself and others and label them.
- Develop and implement strategies for regulating one’s own emotional responses.
- Empathy: Put yourself in another’s shoes and imagine how they may be feeling.
- Imagine what kind of action or response may help a person feel better or feel worse.
Your child will gain a greater sense of self-worth by implementing learned skills, as well as the opportunity for an enjoyable, fun, and successful experience while developing a "road map" to the neurotypical world. This map will help
provide an understanding to the situations they will inevitably encounter, and strategies to help them comfortably maneuver them, as well as the strategies to advocate for themselves.
Events and Presentations
We offer classes, workshops and presentations for parents of clients, parent support groups, and interested audiences on a variety of themes centered around Autism, executive function, and speech and language delays and disorders.
We bring in outside expert speakers to the office, as well. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the latest research, and receive helpful resources and professional advice. I work with people who love children with communication
delays, to help them move forward, armed with the latest research, resources, and evidence-based language facilitation strategies so that the child/children in their life can reach their full potential and their communication goals,
and get them on the path to the future they deserve.
How may I schedule a group?