Registration for STB’s Fall 2020 Programs Has Started!

We will continue to offer Group and Individual Sessions via Zoom starting September 1st. As the rules around social distancing relax, we will also offer face to face sessions. To register or learn more about our programs, please contact Jill Day at jday@socialthinkingboston.com or Liz Shron at lshron@socialthinkingboston.com. We can also be reached by phone at 978-610-6603.

A Note from STB Director, Nancy Clements, Regarding Remote Social Learning

All of our community share concerns regarding the social and emotional impacts of these
unprecedented times. Opportunities for peer-based learning in small groups based on social
distancing guidelines, will continue to be restricted, which impacts all of our learners. With this in
mind, we continue to develop state of the art remote learning opportunities which bridge these
gaps by creating project learning, collaborative play and supported coaching in small groups
using the Social Thinking Methodology, related frameworks and strategies. These last five
months have pushed us to be creative and resourceful and we are excited to have curated
pathways which keep our learners fully engaged and highly responsive to learning as a group or
individually. While we are not in the same room when teaching remotely, we are in the same
virtual shared space which requires us all to think about each other as a group!
Our team will continue to keep you updated as things unfold!
Nancy

Providing Sessions From Home: Enabling Groups and Individuals to navigate the social world through direct coaching from home.

We have adapted our sessions to meet the needs of our clients and are using the HIPPA approved ZOOM to deliver our services to members of the STB Community. Services include group and 1-1 sessions as well as targeted programs for small groups and individuals.

For more information please contact Jill Day at jday@socialthinkingboston.com or 978-610-6603 ext 2.

Social Thinking® Boston


Individual Sessions
We offer sessions to individuals who are interested in building their social competencies in a 1-1 setting or individuals who require some extra support before learning within a group. Please contact Jill Day at 978-610-6603 to inquire about individual sessions.

* Please note that we have rolling admissions, but in the past our summer programs have filled quickly. Participants who can not be placed will be offered a spot on our waitlist.

Social Thinking® Boston, founded by Nancy Clements, is one of two fully endorsed and licensed clinics through Michelle Garcia Winner and Social Thinking.

Social Thinking® is a cognitive behavioral treatment approach focused on fostering social learning due to weak social cognition or compelling social anxiety. To fully benefit from our services, students/clients must have average to above-average language and cognition.

Our program provides dynamic and integrated instruction using the core principles of Social Thinking®. Social Thinking Clinics use the treatment framework and curriculum developed by Michelle Garcia Winner to teach the thinking that underlies social skills. We explore the Social Thinking and a student’s related social skills; we will also help to connect the dots on how the social mind impacts social academic tasks as well. We seek to teach students how to socially problem solve rather than to memorize because the social experience requires us to adapt our social behavior based on the situation and social situations constantly change!

We are very sensitive to grouping each client in a group with students who have similar social learning strengths and weaknesses so that all information explored and taught is relevant and meaningful to that student. We seek to keep our group size small; our groups rarely exceed 4 students, total. This is because we want each student to be an active participant during the session.

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Clinical Treatment Assessment Summer Programs
Our clinical services are focused on implementing the core Social Thinking teachings and related social skills for students with average to above average language and cognition from as young as 4 years old into and across adulthood. We treat a large range of diagnostic labels and persons with social learning challenges. The Informal Social Thinking Dynamic Assessment Protocol 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 weaknesses. Explore cutting edge approaches to enhance the development of social competence for individuals age 4 through adulthood with diagnosis such as Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Nonverbal Learning Disability, ADHD and undiagnosed social communication challenges.

What range of diagnostic labels do we serve?

Social Thinking® is a cognitive behavioral treatment approach focused on fostering social learning due to weak social cognition or compelling social anxiety. A large range of diagnostic labels represent persons with social learning challenges and/or social anxiety. There can be tremendous over-lap in these labels. In our treatment model, we do not treat diagnostic labels instead we treat the individual. Although not all of our clients have a diagnosis, some of the many labels that have benefitted from our services include: ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders- Levels 1 and 2, High Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, learning disabilities, sensory dysregulation, executive dysfunction, twice-exceptional, gifted and talented, social anxiety, socially phobic, expressive-receptive language issues, specific language impairment, traumatic brain injury, Tourette’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS, Dysgraphia, etc

What is the focus of the clinical treatment?

We encourage the development of social learning and self-regulation through the teachings of Social Thinking® frameworks and related strategies as well as utilize other professionals’ work that adheres to a social cognitive behavioral treatment approach. We enjoy using materials developed by Sarah Ward and Kristen Jacobsen to help teach executive functioning; Story Grammar Marker® by Maryellen Rooney Moreau to encourage social interpretations and social problem solving; sensory regulation strategies, etc. We develop treatment based on the best evidence available and experienced professional staff, and we value feedback from our clients as well as their family members. We focus on teaching strategies to enhance social learning which can be summarized by saying we address executive functioning, perspective taking, emotional awareness, self-awareness and self-monitoring and central coherence.