We want to welcome you to the Social Mind Center, where our focus is on building social minds!!!!

Dr. Sandra Savinelli and Ana Anselma

The Social Mind Center’s mission is to improve the lives of extraordinary families and children by equipping them with social competence such as communication to make connections and build relationships for life.

At SMC we are experts in identifying a learning profile to improve instruction and skills development. We are truly a team committed to instructing extraordinary minds to find their voice, purpose and place in the world.

Our Mantra:

Extraordinary will never be typical!
Ana Anselma

At SMC, we teach social competence resulting in social skills. Social competence refers to social, emotional, and cognitive skills and behaviors that children need for successful social adaptation across environments.

Our focus at SMC is on thinking not behavior. Thinking drives behavior. To adapt our behaviors to the social situation we must have social, emotional, and organized thinking. In building a social mind we teach:

  • Social attention: seeing
  • Social Interpretation- thinking
  • Self-management of behavior – doing
  • Self-advocacy

NEW Executive Skills Groups: Organized thinking, working and living. Providing a road map to academic success for both parents and child. This group sessions incorporate parent training. Group is Monday’s at 5:00pm throughout the year additional classes during breaks and summer. Groups focus:

  1. Organizational skills:
    • Managing my assignments – tracking information and materials
    • Working with my teachers
    • Managing my work place, locker, backpack and room
  2. Time management
  3. Planning, prioritizing multi-faceted projects

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Social Mind Center - I AM

I AM! Empowering and connecting girls to the issues and solutions to succeed in middle & high school. Starting January, 10th 2018 and continuous all year every, Wednesday’s 5:00pm to 6:00pm

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Social Outings for Adults (SOfA) and Exceptional Dating

SOfA game night is a group activity for anyone interested in hanging out and having a good time. Cost: Free

  1. Dates: January 10th , February 14th , March 14th and April 11th
  2. Time: 7:00pm-8:45pm
  3. Location at Center
  4. Cost Free

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Our Strategy:

Social Competency Strategy:

  1. We build & expand social perspective (thinking about others and what they are thinking)
  2. We build & expand social language (social appropriate words, posture & body language)
  3. We build social language and perspective increasing social communication and building relationships

Our Process:

An individual intervention plan, including assessment and goals is developed for each child. Progress reporting ever 12-16 sessions. Intervention is structured and focused.

An intake social communication interview identifies the child’s area of weakness to be targeted in group or individual session. Schedule an intake interview today!

Steps to social group placement:

  1. Complete program placement application
  2. Schedule social communication intake
  3. Goal plan design
  4. Assignment to group or to individual intervention
  5. Individual intervention can include individual social competency instruction, language therapy, and coaching

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Individual Speech and Language sessions. Providing services at center and schools.

Social Communication Groups:

  1. We group based on skill set
  2. We have preschool to high school groups
  3. A social communication intake interview is required prior to placement

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Counseling & Coaching – Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) changing patterns of thinking or behavior leading to problem solving and new coping strategies to manage:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Depression

Reading Comprehension and Writing programming:

  1. Inferencing – main idea
  2. Academic content language – vocabulary
  3. Writing
  4. Following directions
  5. Math word problems
  6. Function words (next to, and in back of)

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All our individual interventions and therapist work toward building the social competency skills to build independence and relationships.

Cogmed Services

Cogmed Working Memory Training

The Social Mind Center is a proud provider of the Cogmed Working Memory Training program.

Cogmed is a working memory and attention training program designed to improve working memory in people with attention or working memory issues.

Developed by Torkel Klingberg, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute, this program was shown to help about 75 to 80 percent of kids — specifically, in reducing inattention and hyperactivity.

Enrollment is easy and pain-free.

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We Understand

We Understand your extraordinary child. The Social Mind Center will develop a plan to equip your child with the tools to acquire social, emotional, and academic success.

What we believe:

  • We believe that language is what connects us to the world and others. We believe that the limitations of your language are the limits of your world (Ludwig Wittgenstein).
  • We believe every child is more than a diagnosis and a sum of their weaknesses.

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Contact Information

University Office Park
5400 S. University Drive, L605
Davie, Florida 33328