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The Social Communication Groups program assists children who have difficulty with socialization due to conditions such as high-functioning autism, Asperger Syndrome and nonverbal learning disorders. The curriculum is based on the pioneering work of Michelle Garcia Winner, who developed a program called Social Thinking®.
Social Thinking examines what we do when we interact with people: We think about them, they think about us. The way we think about others impacts how we behave and how others respond to us, which in turns impacts our own emotions. When we apply Social Thinking to our Social Communication Groups, we help children understand:
If your child has difficulty making and maintaining friendships, relating to peers or family members, problem solving, compromising, starting conversations or activities with
peers, then a social group is the perfect setting to practice these skills.
Social Communication Groups allow children to learn and practice social thinking skills in a comfortable setting among peers, with the guidance of two pediatric therapists. Groups
are determined by age and by the child’s ability to relate to other individuals’ perspectives. Homework may be assigned, so your child can begin using these skills in a natural
To determine appropriate group placement, each child must complete a social language assessment. Our team will develop individual goals for your child and help your child
work toward those goals successfully.
Groups ages Pre-K to high school meet once a week at Mercy Kids Therapy Services at 12680 Olive Blvd in St. Louis.