Social Communication Specialists

At SCS we teach socially quirky kids, teens and adults both the "how" and the "why" of social interactions.

Operating as usual

[05/17/21]   We have missed our students and are excited to be offering small in-person groups this summer! Virtual is also an option for those that prefer that choice. Summer groups begin the week of June 28th.

For information and the registration packet, please go to our website at or email Janet at [email protected]

[12/05/20]   We are now enrolling students for our Semester 2 social communication groups beginning on Jan. 4th!

I am frequently asked if groups are as effective when they are taught via Zoom. The answer is yes. Many people think of social skills as something kids only need when they're playing or hanging out with peers in person. Actually EVERY situation where we are sharing space with others is a social situation....even on Zoom! The skills they are learning during this time of doing online groups will be even more critical when we get to be together again in person.

Kids in our groups are learning important social communication skills while having fun and making connections. If you're wondering whether your child might benefit, please email Janet at [email protected] 09/22/2020

Social Thinking and Social Skills Groups San Diego

Our kids need the chance to connect with peers now more than ever! Our fall groups are now enrolling - kids are making new friends, engaging in fun activities and improving their social communication skills.

We offer groups for children, teens and young adults.

For more information, click below to go to our website at Teaching kids, teens and adults to navigate the social world with the goal of improving communication, making friends and gaining confidence. 03/17/2020

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!

Your kids can make doodles along with Mo Willems ("Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!) every day live at 10:00 a.m. PST. Videos are also on YouTube.

My students know I can't draw...I think I'm going to tune in! Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and m...


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A student said this to me several years ago. I'll never forget it!

7th grader to me: "I love when it's Thanksgiving. That means it's getting ready to be holiday time. Do you know what holiday time smells like?"

Me (thinking turkey or pine or pie): "No, what does holiday time smell like?"

7th grader: "It smells like fresh relaxation."

LOL, hope you and yours are enjoying some fresh relaxation today!


The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Tis the season for picky eating! (but it's okay)

Got a picky eater? Have a big family dinner coming up? Please don't stress out. Here's a great article on how to make big family meals during the holidays fun for everyone (and what to say to any "helpful"relatives). To learn more about how to know when picky eating may need intervention, visit


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Summer programs enrolling now! Cooking club, Lego groups, teen hang out groups and other options addressing executive functioning and social communication...all done with a lot of fun!


Excited for this panel discussion at Comic Con tomorrow!


Does your kid love Lego? We have some openings in our fun summer Lego Based social groups!


Give your child's social skills a boost this summer! Fun programs including Lego groups, From Me to We play groups and executive functioning bootcamp!


Got a kid who is into programming or interested in learning? Check out this free event in May!!

[12/06/17]   Things that make my heart happy - When an 8th grader who is shy at school says in the middle of group "I don't know what it is but I just go FULL BLOOM in here!"

Everyone needs a place to bloom. 08/04/2017

Why speech therapy should be done with (and not to) your child. | The Speech Dynamic

All communication is social and is best developed through a relational approach. This is what we do every day! Why speech therapy should be done with (and not to) your child. by Brooke Andrews | Jul 27, 2017 By Brooke Andrews, M.A CCC-SLP The definition of... 08/02/2017

The women who don’t know they’re autistic

Women with autism often go undiagnosed for years. Autism manifests in different ways. The signs are often less visible in women than in men, leading many to be underdiagnosed. 07/31/2017

How the Documentary “2E: Twice Exceptional” Made Me a More Hopeful Parent

Looking forward to seeing this documentary about 2E - twice exceptional students. The “2E: Twice Exceptional” documentary follows a class of twice-exceptional students as they progress through school. Amanda Morin, parent of 2E... 11/23/2016

How to teach your children that the world doesn’t revolve around them -...

Great article on parenting that develops empathy and perspective taking. My kids are loving and well-adjusted, but they have a center-of-the-world attitude with little concept of how lucky they are. Maybe you’ve noticed...

[09/19/16]   You know you're working too hard when you are typing a phone number into your calculator and wondering why your cell phone isn't working! #starbuckshereicome 08/08/2016

Why are so many (smart!) kids missing this social skill?

Minutes spent on devices are minutes lost in teaching and modeling conversational and social skills for young children. One tip: set a "no tech" time for yourself and focus on the face to face interactions! Many of the very kids you’d expect would be headed for success are instead struggling with social problems, reading problems, and other troubles. 05/24/2016

In 'Screenagers,' What to Do About Too Much Screen Time

One of the most discussed topics at SCS is how to manage kids and screentime. So important to set clear boundaries around phone use. My favorite recommendation: no phones in bedrooms at night! Excessive screen time could harm brain development, the doctor who directed the documentary “Screenagers” says. 05/16/2016

Column: 12 alternatives to timeouts when kids are at their worst

12 alternatives to time outs! One day we were trying to steer our daughter’s behavior by imposing timeouts and taking toys away and limiting TV time whenever she went astray.... 05/13/2016

Column: Why you should never use timeouts on your kids

Great read on the use of timeouts and why they don't work. What do you think? At some point, we must accept that even though we all love our kids and want what’s best for them, parenting can’t be a strictly intuitive... 05/02/2016

Adapting to cultures: our communities' culture and the culture of autism...

An excellent question and a great response by Michelle Garcia Winner. Why should my son have to change his social behavior given that it represents his own social culture of ASD? 04/19/2016

Unsung Heroes

An awesome mom of an awesome kid shared this blog post with me and I LOVE it. Who helps your kid when he has a new zig in his zag? We moved to New Hampshire almost nine years ago, and I can’t say I was very excited about it. I mean, I don’t ski. I don’t hike, and I try to get... 04/12/2016

Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy

I definitely notice a change in my mood and ability to focus when I'm on electronics a lot! Have you ever done an "electronics fast" with your kids? I know several parents who have and they report BIG changes in their child's behavior. 6 Ways electronic screen time makes kids angry, depressed and unmotivated. 04/06/2016

The Breathtaking, Life-Altering Power of Being a Dork

Love this about letting out your inner dork. "Being a dork frees the inner dork in others!" When you spend all your energy in the service of looking cool, what you ultimately do is erase yourself. Continue Reading → 04/01/2016

Buddy bench a big hit at Willowgrove School

Every school should have a buddy bench! When you don't have anyone to play with, you go to the buddy bench at Willowgrove School. 03/31/2016

I go to a competitive high school in surburbia. The stress is killing me.

Is high school destroying your student's self-esteem? There has to be a better way. 03/30/2016

The Best Way to Fight With a Teenager

How handling disagreements at home shapes teens mental health. New research suggests that constructive conflict between parent and teenager hinges on the adolescent’s readiness to see beyond his or her own...


Skills for Living at Chapman Farm School

Parents often worry about how to tell their child they're going to join a social group. Here's what you can say!

We get it. It's awkward to tell your child that you are bringing them to a social group...

But don't lie and say you're going to Game Stop then pull into our driveway. That's uncool.

Here's what you CAN say to Junior about visiting S4L.

[03/04/16]   Nothing makes me happier than a new 6th grade group exchanging email addresses within a few minutes of meeting each other! #findyourtribe #whatitsallabout 02/15/2016

Reading Readiness Has To Do With The Body

Kids need to move! Movement is a key factor in reading readiness.





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