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.
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:
Social attention: seeing
Social understanding- thinking
Social interpretation -appropriateness
Social interaction - doing
Social Competency Strategy:
We build & expand social perspective (thinking about others and what are thinking)
We build & expand social language (social appropriate words, posture & body language)
We believe that in building and expanding social language and perspective you increase social communication and build relationships
Social groups consist of 2 to 5 children led by a certified therapist.
friendship development, interaction skills,
emotional understanding, and
how to understand other people’s perspective is the group focus.
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. We have different groups for varying skill sets.
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 (ONLY FOR social communication groups not messy, movement or science groups)
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.