At SCS we teach socially quirky kids, teens and adults both the "how" and the "why" of social interactions.
Operating as usual
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 www.socialcommunicationspecialists.com or email Janet at [email protected]
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]
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 www.socialcommunicationspecialists.com
socialcommunicationspecialists.com Teaching kids, teens and adults to navigate the social world with the goal of improving communication, making friends and gaining confidence.
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!
kennedy-center.org 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!
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 https://on.asha.org/37BjvqB.
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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!!
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.
All communication is social and is best developed through a relational approach. This is what we do every day!
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12 alternatives to time outs!
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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.
psychologytoday.com 6 Ways electronic screen time makes kids angry, depressed and unmotivated.
Love this about letting out your inner dork. "Being a dork frees the inner dork in others!"
cultofpedagogy.com When you spend all your energy in the service of looking cool, what you ultimately do is erase yourself. Continue Reading →
Every school should have a buddy bench!
cbc.ca When you don't have anyone to play with, you go to the buddy bench at Willowgrove School.
Is high school destroying your student's self-esteem?
vox.com There has to be a better way.
How handling disagreements at home shapes teens mental health.
well.blogs.nytimes.com New research suggests that constructive conflict between parent and teenager hinges on the adolescent’s readiness to see beyond his or her own...
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
Kids need to move!
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