Social Communities to Improve Social Cognition

Succeed Social is a group therapy environment for late elementary, middle school, teens and adults to enhance the development of their social cognition skills and practice their Social Thinking ® skills in a supportive, developmentally appropriate environment.   

Succeed Social  group members have solid language and learning abilities and are looking to enhance the development of their social cognition skills.  Social community members participate in creative sessions and learn various approaches, including Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® approach to: 

  • Understand the perspective of others
  • Think Flexibly
  • Enhance Critical Thinking Skills
  • Develop Organizational Skills and Executive Function
  • Enhance social skills both in the classroom and at home
  • Build independence and self-advocacy
  • Awareness of emotional expression 

Succeed Social groups are 60 minute weekly sessions that roughly follow the academic calendar year and group members are expected to attend consistently to best develop rapport within the group. Children and teens  will have 50 minutes of a group environment and 10 minutes of parent “talk time.”

Emotional Regulation for Learning and Relationships

Emotional Regulation is necessary for an individual to be available for learning and building relationships.  It is the process of managing one’s internal state during periods of emotional arousal in order to redirect, control or modify a response in order to manage the external world.  It includes making cognitive appraisals, adjusting a physiological response, expressing emotions and managing moods while maintaining social interactions.  Very young children rely on behavioral strategies, but grow to use language strategies and ultimately metacognitive strategies to adjust their emotions to an appropriate level to match the context.  Young children benefit from mutual regulation, that is borrowing the regulation of their more experienced guide, in order to remain emotionally regulated.  As time passes, typically developing children learn the skills and benefits of using self-regulation. Our specialists use and teach strategies for helping children learn to manage emotional regulation successfully, but it is equally important for all the caregivers and adults to model, employ and praise emotional regulation successes.

Customized treatment plans tailor-made for you and your child

Our speech and language services are unique, as we combine collaborative treatment and today’s technology to provide parents with the tools for helping their child experience communication success. Our therapists recognize that every child and family learns and grows in different ways and our treatment plans are tailor-made for individual families.

A treatment plan may consist of any combination of direct therapy, parent education, parent coaching, video observations and written video feedback as tools to grow richer communication for children with autism spectrum disorder or speech and language impairments. Both parents and children may be provided individual and mutual objectives. As objectives are met, parents and children alike gain competence and move closer to speech, language and social communication success.

Communication Services in Alpharetta and Johns Creek

As speech language pathologists we evaluate and treat speech, language and social communication impairments associated with the following delays and disorders:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Aspergers Syndrome
  • Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder
  • Nonverbal Learning Disorder
  • Semantic Pragmatic Disorder
  • Social Cognitive Disorder
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Discipline/Behavior Skills
  • Emotional Regulation Skills

We have great tools and are experts in using them

Our communication specialists have expertise with these evidence based tools and many more.

  • Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®)
  • Social Thinking®
  • Visualizing and Verbalizing®
  • Story Grammar Marker®
  • Positive Discipline
  • Language of Emotional Regulation
  • Developmental Normative Data for Evaluation and Treatment
  • Behavioral Supports