The Stern Center offers social learning services and speech-language therapy services. We serve children and adults, customizing programs to serve individual needs and unique learning styles.
Our social learning team (including special educators, speech-language pathologists, and psychologists) provides individual and group coaching for students with social learning needs, including:
- social cognitive challenges, such as autism, Asperger's, nonverbal learning disability, attention deficit disorder, and mental health issues
- cognition issues including attention, memory, executive functioning, and visuospatial skills
- We also have experience with medical and behavioral diagnoses including autism spectrum disorders, selective mutism, social-emotional disturbances, ADHD, dyslexia, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and cerebral palsy.
Social learning instruction includes:
- Students experience social learning through participation in our Social Thinking® groups. Our coaches combine similar social learning profiles to create groups. Click here to learn more about Social Thinking groups.
- Individual instruction in Social Thinking® is also available.
- We incorporate naturalistic teaching, modeling, self-management, social narratives, and visual supports in our evidence-based coaching and use a cognitive behavioral approach to teach participants to understand the thinking that motivates their words and actions. Differing from traditional social skills practices, our Social Thinking® approach (as developed by Michelle Garcia Winner, founder and creator of the Social Thinking framework and curriculum) creates a more generalized use of skills. In addition, students who struggle with social skills and who participate in social emotional learning programs have been shown to achieve higher academic test scores.
- We offer services via telepractice (Skype, Facetime) for clients at a distance.
- We offer a summer camp experience. Learn more about Camp Compass here!
Our certified speech-language therapists provide comprehensive evaluations and treatment plans for students experiencing language, speech, and dysphagia (swallowing) challenges, including:
Language needs include understanding and/or expressing correct:
- Syntax (sentence structure)
- Semantics (meaning)
- Pragmatics (social use of language)
- Morphology (word parts)
- Phonology (how words sound)
Speech needs include:
- Articulation, the formation of basic speech sounds
- The mechanics of voice, how we use various vocal muscles and breathing to produce sounds
- Voice challenges such as hypo/hypernasality, disorders due to cleft lip/palate, and dysphonia
- Fluency, the rate and rhythm of speech
Dysphagia (swallowing) needs include:
- For children, treatment focuses on oral-motor and feeding issues
- For adults, treatment focuses on acquired and neurological issues impacting ability to meet nutritional needs
Some programs used by our clinicians include:
- The Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech®
- The Talkies Program® for enhancing concept imagery for oral and written language processing
- It Takes Two to Talk® — The Hanen Program® for Parents, a well-known model of family-focused, early language intervention for young children with expressive and/or receptive language delays
We offer flexible after school scheduling to meet the needs of students. We also consult with schools to provide direct instruction and to develop a plan customized to meet student needs.
Contact us at 802-878-2332 to speak with our Communication Services Intake Scheduler. You may also use our online form to contact the Communication Services department.
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