Our Groups

At SMC we are experts in autism learning style and instruction. Our programming is not limited to autism learners we have a diversified client base of varying learning styles. 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.

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

Group goals:

  1. Social attention: seeing
  2. Social Interpretation- thinking
  3. Self-management of behavior - doing
  4. Self-teaching to expand social understanding

Our Strategy:

Social Competency Strategy:

  1. We build & expand social perspective (thinking about others and what are thinking)
  2. We build & expand social language (social appropriate words, posture & body language)
  3. We believe that in building and expanding social language and perspective you increase social communication and build relationships

Group Format:

  1. Social groups consist of 2 to 5 children led by a certified therapist.
    1. Conversational skills,
    2. friendship development, interaction skills,
    3. problem solving,
    4. emotional understanding, and
    5. how to understand other people’s perspective is the group focus.
    6. By exposing the child to social interaction, engaging them in a shared experience and coaching him/her as to what is regarded as appropriate and inappropriate behavior equips the child for social success.

Who can benefit?


Social Groups can benefit any child struggling with building friendships, communication, and/or peer collaboration. Our social group curriculum is invaluable in addressing friendship challenges.

Our Process:

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

An intake social communication interview identifies the child’s area of weakness to be targeted in group or individual intervention. 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 matching current skill set or to individual intervention
  5. Individual intervention can include individual social competency instruction, language therapy, coaching and/or occupational therapy.

What to expect in the social communication interview:

Dr. Sandra Savinelli, will meet with your child in one of our rooms at the center, she can leave door open for you to listen to the session or you can view through a camera in the room. The purpose of the consultation is to determine the child’s strengths and weaknesses in social communication. Below is a brief description of the session:

  • Through the use of social vignettes, the clinician begins to establish a social skills profile for each child. A social vignette may include a ‘double interview’ where each person is asking and responding to a variety of familiar questions (e.g., what are the good things at school, do you have a sibling, pets).
    • Through the double interview process the clinician begins to develop a sense of the child’s ability to take the perspective of the communication partner by showing interest in them through a Q&A task.
    • Another vignette may include presenting the child with social scenarios and asking the child to interpret what he/she sees in the picture. This task requires the child to identify the big picture or the gist of the picture by using social cues such as body language including facial expressions to come to a social conclusion. From the information obtained, a goal plan for the child is developed.

Social Group Program Placement Process: click here

Questions – Contact Ana Anselma at

Which group or class is best for me:

Our groups and classes

Social Communication Groups

  1. Focus on social competency & social learning to develop social skills
  2. Ages 4 to 18
  3. Comprehensive curriculum that covers all levels of social competency curriculum
    1. Social attention: seeing
    2. Social Interpretation- thinking
    3. Self-management of behavior - doing
    4. Self-advocacy
  4. 1 hour session once a week Monday thru Thursday

These groups build some of the fundamental social competency skills to lead up to a social communication group.

Messy Art:

  1. Art and sensory exploration social group
  2. Ages 3-8
  3. Focus on social attention and sharing space
    1. level 1of our social competency curriculum
  4. 30 min session once a week – Tuesday’s 3:00pm


  1. Body and emotional awareness group
  2. Ages 4-10
  3. Focus on social attention and emotional awareness
    1. Level 1 of our social competency curriculum
    2. Emotional language instruction
    3. Emotional coping skills
  4. 30 in session once a week –Tuesday’s 3:30pm


  1. Colloborative Science (STEM) projects
  2. Ages 7-10
  3. Focus on working in groups: Level 2 of our social competency curriculum
    1. Social attention and sharing space
    2. Social interpretation and awareness – thinking about me and my behavior
      1. Thinking of how my actions and words impact our group
  4. 1 hour session once a week – Thursday’s 4:00pm

Skill Groups:

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

NEW Leadership Training for Girls:

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 4:30pm

Contact for any questions.

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