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Social Communication Therapy


At SLS we utilize a unique approach to social skills where we target your child’s specific needs in a 1:1 setting or small group setting depending on the needs of your child. We believe in a multidisciplinary therapy approach to meet the individual needs of each child. We incorporate cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) principals in our programs.  For our social communication training much of our teachings are based on the ideas of Michelle Garcia Winner, a groundbreaking therapist and author who specializes in the treatment of individuals with social cognitive deficits. Winner coined the term Social Thinking® to describe the ability of an individual to consider the points of view, emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and intentions of others. Winner’s approach, which we embrace and expand upon in our groups, uses very functional ways to break down and teach abstract social-thinking concepts to students. We pull from a variety of other methods/programs, such as the 5-Point Scale, Floortime®, 360 Thinking Program™ and Relationship Development Intervention (RDI). 

Groups focus on enhancing social communication, understanding and confidence through games, discussion, role play, video clips and other techniques. Participation may be helpful for children whose peer relationships are hampered by issues related to Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD), learning problems, language delays, and auditory processing disorders.


Areas Addressed:

  • Being Part of a Group and Recognizing Expectations
  • Our Whole Body and Mind Help Us be Part of the Group
  • Self-awareness of and Self-monitoring Our Behavior in a Group
  • Learning More About Observing Others
  • Figuring Out What People Mean by What They Say
  • Adjusting our Participation and Language Based on What Other People are Thinking, Imagining, or Wondering
  • Our Language Makes Others Have Different Thoughts and Feeling


SLS Clinicians have Attended the Following Social Thinking Workshops:

  • Thinking About YOU, Thinking About ME
  • Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The I LAUGH Model of Social Cognition
  • Informal Dynamic Social Thinking Assessment
  • Preparing the Transition into Adulthood: Skills You Need to Learn in School to Help You live as an Adult
  • Teaching Social Thinking® through Stories and Play for Preschool and Early Elementary
  • What's Play Got To Do With Classroom Learning? Exploring Social Executive Functioning in 4-7 Year Olds
  • Social Thinking Clinical Training (STCT) Program - was completed by our Director, Jessica Padula MS CCC-SLP in 2012
  • Social Thinking Providers Conference 2015
  • Complementing Angles: Using Collaborative and Proactive Solutions in Tandem with Social Thinking to Solve Problems and Teach New Skills 2016


To learn more about Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking treatment approach and Think Social Publishing (TSP) visit



"My daughter, Katie, has been going to SLS for almost 2 years now, and I can't even begin to describe what a wonderful experience it has been for us. Jessica and Christina are so upbeat, fun, and positive. Just the perfect people to work with our kids. Every week Katie looks forward to attending her social group, and it is the only therapy she ever gets upset about missing, which says a lot! They have also gone above and beyond, offering us advice on school, and lending an understanding ear many times. We drive an hour each way to attend group, because they really are the best we have found anywhere! "

Jen Troester

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