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    Social Development Groups

    We offer group support to enhance children’s social learning. Our team has extensive experience in child development and we work from a neurodiverse-affirming framework. We use this combined knowledge to inform our approach. Our groups are based on a naturalistic developmental and systemic approach, aiming to support children and their families.

    Our group weaves in concepts from the Social Thinking Methodology ® along with additional tools to strengthen children’s awareness, regulation, and flexibility within social interactions.

    Contact us to discuss the needs of your child and for more information about the group.

    Social Groups

    Our groups are developed for children with social learning differences, including children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, social communication disorder, or social anxiety.

    Groups use a language-based approach. It is best suited for children with average language development and whose developmental age is close to their chronological age. If you are unsure about your child’s skill level please contact us.

    To adequately address individual needs for families and to provide a rich learning experience, we keep our groups small (approximately 4 children per group). This gives us the flexibility to identify and take advantage of teachable moments.

    Social Explorers: Ages 4-6

    Key concepts include: 

    -what are thoughts and feelings

    -social-communication skills

    -what it means to be part of a group

    -listening skills when part of a group

    Curriculum pulls from evidence-based research to strengthen your child’s perspective taking, self-awareness, and social learning.

    Concepts are adapted for early learners, using fun stories, games, songs, and activities. Concepts are reinforced through play time, where children can practice their skills by interacting with other children.

    Social Scouts: Ages 7-9

    Key concepts include: 

    -building self & situational awareness 

    -emotional regulation skills

    -social awareness of others

    -relationship skills 

    Curriculum pulls from evidence-based research to strengthen your child's social observation skills, understanding how expectations for situations change, recognizing how people react and respond to each other, and improving their own regulation and flexibility within social interactions. 

    Through developmentally appropriate language, fun stories, games, and activities we help children notice specific social information that in turn builds their social insights. 

    Concurrent Parent Education

    At Tandem we believe that parents are the experts on their children and we strive to include the parent(s) as a partner in their child’s learning. We value the importance of parents learning what social skills are emphasized in the group and the vocabulary we use to teach these skills. When families can use this vocabulary outside of the group it helps develop these concepts further in the home and out in the community. To empower parents to continue being that pillar of support, parents receive handouts and information after each session so your child can feel supported in these new skills they are learning.

    *Tandem Psychology, including staff, are not affiliated with, nor has it been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by Michelle Garcia Winner and Think Social Publishing Inc.



    Interested in our groups, call us for more information