Where does Social Matters take place?

Social Matters is a virtual program that will take place on Zoom. Your child can participate in this program from anywhere that has a reliable internet connection.

What is the daily schedule?

For our first session starting August 10, the schedule is:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes! Social Matters accepts the following:

If you don’t see your insurance, please contact us for more information about your payment options.

What’s the difference between “social skills” and “social competencies”?

Social Matters employs the treatment framework and methodology called “Social Thinking”, created by Michelle Garcia-Winner. In Social Thinking kids are taught to build their social competencies. These are the foundational abilities that allow an individual to successfully navigate the social world. While many social skills programs simply teach “skills” in a rule-based manner, Social Matters does not. Social Matters goes beyond teaching skills, and helps kids build competencies and confidence in social interaction.

How can group Zoom sessions help my child?

Group sessions on Zoom will provide students with the opportunity to engage with peers and their social coach in the comfort and security of their own home or familiar environment. This can be a game-changer for kids who may be feeling significant anxiety related to social interaction. Sessions are specifically designed to help students naturally develop their ability to observe, understand and use language in social contexts. As your child engages in interaction, they will begin to feel increased confidence and a sense of belonging with the group.

What will my child learn?

Strategies to attend to, interpret, problem-solve and respond to the social world, including:

Thinking with Eyes

Active Listening

Reading the Group Plan Joint Attention/Intention
To improve observation of others to better understand intention.
Group Engagement
Participating as part of a group with peers, along with practice sharing an imagination.
Perspective Taking
Understanding of thoughts and feelings of others.
Flexibility
To be able to think of and adapt to another idea, choice, or solution.

What makes Social Matters unique?

Highly individualized
Targets individual strengths and preferences
Incorporation of varied strategies dependent on the individual
Attentive to sensory needs
Highly skilled, specialized speech pathologists run the groups

What ages do you work with?

Social Matters is a program for students ages 14-18. In certain circumstances, students who are slightly younger or older may be able to participate. Social Matters is a part of Speech Matters, a speech-language private practice serving children of all ages. Please contact us so we can work together to decide what treatment is best for your child.

How is the progress of students monitored?

Progress is noted based on understanding of concepts and performance.

As a parent, how do I participate in these groups?

Each week you will be invited to a 30-minute “Parents Re-cap” group session via Zoom. Here you can learn more about the concepts and strategies introduced, ask questions, and even connect with fellow parents! Participation in the Parents Re-cap is not mandatory, but recommended. This meeting is included in the price of tuition.