At Social Communication Specialists, we help socially quirky kids, teens and young adults connect.
We understand the social challenges kids face today. In order to have healthy friendships, kids need to understand not just the “how”, but the “why” of social interactions.
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At SCS, we follow the Social Thinking® approach pioneered by Michelle Garcia Winner.
At the heart of this approach is the understanding that we think about people when we are around them. Then we modify our behaviors based on what we think they may be thinking about us!
Through fun and innovative lessons and activities, we teach our kiddos social thinking concepts that increase their awareness and improve their abilities to interact with others at school, at home, and in the community.
Who We Help
We work with socially quirky kiddos.
Whether they’re living with Asperger’s Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disability, High-Functioning Autism, ADD/ADHD or they have social learning challenges with no specific diagnostic label, we can help them grow with the social thinking approach.
Because our approach is heavily language based, it is best suited for those with average to above average verbal intelligence and language skills.
Those who get the most from working with us:
- Connect well with adults but struggle to connect with peers
- Have a communication style that is perceived by others as odd
- Prefer to talk about own topics of interest
- Respond well to routine and dislike change
- Tend to over-focus on the details, can be perfectionistic
- Have poor problem solving skills
- Often feel left out by peers and are a target for teasing and bullying
They often struggle with:
- Thinking and asking questions about others’ interests and experiences
- Making and keeping friends
- Playing with peers in ways that are expected for their age
- Initiating and maintaining conversations
- Determining the motive and intent of others
- Working as part of a group in school
- Using abstract thinking for academic tasks such as reading comprehension, written expression and higher level math
- Organization of school materials
- Completing and turning in homework
- Frustration and/or anger
- Anxiety and/or depression
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