We offer sessions to all children who have set personal goals with the social use of language and connecting with their peers. We offer services for children who are between 3 - 14 years of age.
Are you interested in finding out more about your child's stage of play and how to help guide their ability to become a meber of group play? We offer assessments for play development, social referencing and regulation.
Does your child exhibit strong language skills, but still demonstrates questions about how to connect with peers, initiate conversation and work as a solid group member? Then following a Social Thinking framework may be for you.
We offer Social Thinking ® sessions that follow the framework and concepts created by Michelle Garcia Winner M.S. CCC-SLP and the Zones of Regulation (Leah Kuypers M.A., Ed, OTR/L). You can learn more at Social Thinking ® and Zones of Regulation.
The Informal Social Thinking Dynamic Assessment Protocol (ISTDAP), developed by Michelle Garcia Winner, is a means of identifying and quantifying in real-time a student's social competencies as well as connecting the dots between a student's social learning abilities and possibly related academic strengths and areas that may need accommodations. The ISTDAP is not intended to be a diagnostic tool; instead it's to be used to help the student's circle of care team to identify how to support the student and strategies that can be employed.
Our Social Thinking Assessments are offered as a bundle which includes:
- two in-clinic visits
- two parents consultations over the phone
- review of psychology reports and parent questionnaires
- report (if desired).
Please contact Briar Cipryk, if you are interested in a Social Thinking Assessment.
Social Thinking Individual Sessions
Sometimes children benefit from Social Thinking strategies, however, they are not quite ready to practice the skills within a group. We offer individual sessions to continue to help children improve their social thinking skills.
Parents are an integral part of these sessions - we encourage all parents to participate in order to best understand the framework and vocabulary that we teach.
Examples of targets that may be appropriate for 1:1 sessions include:
- teaching students the relationship between thoughts and emotions
- what is uncomfortable and comfortable thoughts? How does this relate to expected and unexpected behaviours and drive connections with friends?
- teaching strategies to build perspective taking skills.
- teaching and discussion about the hidden rules in social environments; understanding the expected and unexpected behaviours.
- teaching students how to work along side a partner to share and build upon a play idea
- teaching students how to handle the "boring moments"
- teaching strategies to help students explore how to ask for help.
- teaching strategies to help students initiate play and conversation.
- teaching strategies to help understand how facial expression, body language and tone of voice contribute to our spoken messages.
- teaching the idea that conversation is based on perspectives; the questions and comments asked are based on our relationships and interests.
- teaching strategies to identify the size of the problem.
The outlined goals for individual sessions are very personal and will be created after the completion of an appropriate assessment of social thinking and language. Parent input and feedback regarding goals is valued. If the child is able to contribute to goal planning, this is also valued.
Social Thinking Groups
WHO: Our social groups are offered for children ages 4-11 years of age who demonstrate challenges with social development. Children are matched based on age, personal goals and needs. We are very committed to ensuring group partners matched appropriately so optimal social learning and social thinking can occur. We really want the kids to connect and really enjoy sharing their time together. A group will never consist of more than 5-6 children. Groups are organized by Speech-Language Pathologist, Briar Cipryk, who has a keen interest in social thinking and obtained her clinical training certificate in 2016 while attending the Boston Social Thinking clinic. Groups are lead by Speech-Language Pathologists with training in Social Thinking concepts.
WHAT: Our Social Thinking groups focus on vocabulary and concepts created by Michelle Garcia Winner M.S. CCC-SLP and Leah Kuypers M.A., Ed, OTR/L. You can learn more at Social Thinking and Zones of Regulation.
The SLP conducting group will meet with your child to determine goals for each session. Parent input is highly valued. Goals are created to be functional and meaningful to each child and his/her family.
Group is an opportunity for children to learn new concepts and social thinking tools; it is important to us that parents are also involved in their child's learning. 10 minute consultations are provided to parents following each group session. Take home activities are provided to facilitate social thinking outside of our group setting.
Here are just a FEW examples of topics taught during sessions:
WHEN: We offer this program three times a year for three different age groups. Our Junior Smarts program is children ages 4-6 who have had no or limited exposure to the Social Thinking Concepts. Our Senior Smarts program is for children 7-8 and 9-11 years of age who have had previous exposure to the Social Thinking Concepts. Group matches are based on language and cognitive skill set.
- Fall start: September
- Winter start: January
- Spring start: May
Our Social Thinking Groups are running virtually for our present clients, when appropriate.
If you are interested in Social Thinking - please contact your therapist.
Thank you for your interest in Speak Your Mind.
We hope that everyone is staying safe and doing well.
NEW CLIENTS: We are not currently accepting new therapy patients and have closed our waitlist for services.
PRESENT CLIENTS: We are slowly moving to a hybrid model of service. Virtual care continues to be our main mode of treatment. Should you feel you'd like to meet in person, please speak with your clinician.
Continue to stay safe! Continue to check back - we hope to see new clients soon.