Your priority & ours too.
The Social Communication Foundation has no service responsibilities other than to you and your child. We work to make all social skill development programs affordable to you.
We all know that social success is dependent your child’s ability to understand:
how she or he thinks and responds socially,
how others think and respond socially,
that thinking and social responses vary among people, and
that developing effective, real-world, social communication skills will help them to navigate these differences and will help improve their quality of life.
Most children can learn basic social skills such as being polite to others, taking turns, and saying please and thank you fairly easily. These skills can be scripted and practiced. Social comprehension, however, is more complicated to learn because it involves the ability to understand the social communications of others.
A child who has difficulty reading social cues and knowing how to interpret the context of words, has more difficulty understanding others who do not think in the same way. The absence of social comprehension between a child with social challenges and his or her socially skilled peers may cause anxiety and frustration for the socially challenged child.
The Social Communication Foundation offers your child our exclusive: Inclusion Teaming Process™
Your child learns and practices real world social communications skills with socially integrated peers in all programs. The learning is reciprocal, fun and stress free.
Your child can’t reach his potential if he can’t ever discuss with his peers how he sees and understands the world differently than them.
Your child is included with socially integrated peers who care, and they interact in team formats in every program.
A dynamic interplay for engaging social communication differences takes place, and all students become better prepared for working with people who think and respond differently. Your child becomes fully engaged in a supportive environment of co-learners. Socially integrated young people learn alternative forms of social response. There are several types of group courses using the Inclusion Teaming Process™.
The act of responding to another person, generally based on one’s knowledge of what is expected and what one believes the other person understands.
All Social Communication Foundation programs are supplemental and complimentary to existing social skill programs and social activity programs.
My child is isolated and bullied in school.
My child is angry when he gets home from school.
My child has no opportunity to practice social skills with peers.
I don’t think my child is being taught skills for college and/or the workplace.
I don’t know what my child should say if questioned about her behavior.
Finally…real tools that can help eliminate those concerns
We teach young people who are socially challenged and their peers who are socially integrated how to bridge their differences. Your child develops confidence; learns team skills and life management skills; explores jobs that match his strengths; and co-creates job supports—all with socially integrated peers—who care.
Improved ability to respond if bullied
Development of mature social skills
Ability to function and thrive in a team environment
Learn, develop and strengthen life skills
Improved possibilities to get and keep a job
Better quality of life and mental attitude
Start Early: Ages 8 to Adult
Your child will receive:
Social Diagrams for specific challenges
Bullying response skills
Flexible self-advocacy skills
Emotionally corrective experiences to bullying
Anxiety reducing scripts
Portfolio of talents and challenges
Life management skills
Equality in communication with peers
Parents as Parents
Participate in Monthly Meetings
Receive Handouts for Key Points of Each Lesson
Workshops for you:
Extending social skills beyond school
Understanding differences in social communications
Positive Communication Support language for social communication challenges
The application of test results to social development
What if my child does not like the program?
We work together to determine your child’s readiness for group before your child starts.
How do I know the typical peers will not make fun of my child?
Our interview process enables us to assess the social maturity of all applicants. Applicants accepted for participation are willing to explore different sides of the social spectrum.
Do the kids just sit around and talk about their disability?
The young people engage around a conference table, learn about each other’s differences—strengths and challenges–and build strategies for communicating effectively with each other. They have fun learning! It is our Inclusion Teaming Process ™ that facilitates the growth of your child’s social communication skills—so vital for their success.
Can my child just come and not admit any challenges?
Your child will be learning about his strengths as well as his challenges so they can be used effectively for their own progress. For example, if your child has difficulty with bright lights, she can learn how to gain permission for soft lighting that will increase her performance. Facilitators demonstrate how they have used their strengths and challenges to connect more effectively with members of their team.
Does my child need to admit a diagnosis to join your programs?
Each group is learning about the social communication challenges that carry certain characteristics that may follow the definition of a disorder. Knowledge about characteristics may actually save a job at some point. Your child will learn when it might be helpful to just describe the characteristic that is interfering with their performance and request a corresponding accommodation. So if they never want to use the name of a disorder, they would need to understand which characteristics interfere with social effectiveness and which are beneficial.
Why would kids want to spend more time learning after a full day of school?
We can only tell you that they love coming. I quote from a typical communicator, “I have learned more here in these few meetings than I learned my entire senior year.” From a challenged communicator, “Gosh, this is the best experience of my life. I am understanding the world around me now, and that’s cool.”
We help improve the social development of your child.