Social Skills Program
serving Colorado Springs, CO

Why a Social Skills Program?

According to the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening, a Common Core requirement is that, “students must have ample opportunities to take part in a variety of rich, structured conversations—as part of a whole class, in small groups, and with a partner.”

Students with social learning challenges who have not intuitively learned the intricate means of perspective taking, abstract thinking, and understanding humor and body language often struggle with conversations such as these. They may miss important meaning behind a subtle glance, change of emotion, mood, or body distance, or misread another person’s intentions. Some students dominate interactions with information solely related to themselves and their interests, while others may avoid speaking up in a group at all.

Learning social skills in a group setting provides an opportunity to learn and practice concepts that neurotypical individuals have developed intuitively since birth. Groups are typically limited to 3-4 students per group, with students matched by age and social development level. Lasting a total of one hour per week, students are taught concepts using vocabulary and ideas from the Social Thinking® framework created by Michelle Garcia Winner. Student participation lasts approximately 50 minutes while the remaining 10 minutes are for parents to receive information on the concepts and strategies taught and how to carryover the vocabulary and ideas at home.

Who is eligible for the program?

This program is appropriate for children age 6+ with near-average to above average intelligence, who are able to use language to learn and communicate with others. (Children with apraxia or other motor speech disorders may communicate using Augmentative and Alternative Communication methods). While a specific diagnosis isn’t always present for every child, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, High Functioning Autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, or Nonverbal Learning Disorder are often weak in the area of social knowledge.

To learn if your child is a candidate for one of social skills program, fill out this screener form and we will get back with you soon. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

Social Skills Program Screener Form

Fall 2016

We are planning our Fall program right now. Location will be in Colorado Springs. Dates and facility will be determined as groups are formed.

Social Skills Program Flyer

Social Skills Program Screener Form

What is Social Thinking?

by Michelle Garcia Winner of the Social Thinking® framework