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Our Communication Services program is designed to meet the needs of college students and adults in Vermont and throughout New England who struggle with speech and language difficulties or who find it challenging to socialize with peers and coworkers and would benefit from social learning.
Our team of special educators and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) works with students to develop a customized program that serves their unique learning styles and helps them find success. We work with students who have social learning needs, including:
We also have experience with medical and behavioral diagnoses including selective mutism, social emotional disturbances, dyslexia, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and cerebral palsy. We offer a variety of different social learning programs in both one-to-one and group settings, including Social Thinking® groups and autism therapy.
Our speech and language therapy services provide individualized intervention plans for students experiencing language, speech and/or dysphagia (swallowing) challenges.
We focus on social emotional development, helping children and teens navigate social situations through direct teaching, coaching, and practice to learn the fundamental building blocks of social success. We provide one-to-one instruction as well as group programs, including our Social Thinking® groups and our summer camps.
Social Thinking® Groups:
Children, teens, and adults can benefit and are welcome to participate in our social learning groups at our Williston, Vermont location. Our instructors are trained to coach students with various social challenges, such as autism, Asperger’s, nonverbal learning disability, attention deficit disorder, and mental health issues. Groups are formed by combining similar social learning profiles.
For younger participants, group format might include a 50-minute instructional session followed by a 10-minute group meeting with parents to help carry over new social learning throughout the week. For older participants, groups might explore the community to ensure that learners’ needs are addressed across multiple environments.
Our groups use a cognitive behavioral approach to teach participants to understand the thinking that motivates their words and actions. Differing from traditional social skills practices, when participants learn that thinking motivates their words and actions the improved social understanding approach creates 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.
Our groups meet once per week for an hour. Most groups meet after school, generally between the hours of 3:00pm and 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. However, groups can be scheduled anytime during business hours as long as enrollment is met for that time period. We also offer two summer camps, one for children and one for teens.
Individual instruction in Social Thinking® is also available.
For additional information Camp Compass or our Team Building Summer Institute, please visit our Summer Learning Opportunities page.
Our certified SLPs provide comprehensive evaluations and individualized intervention plans for students experiencing language, speech, and dysphagia (swallowing) challenges, including:
Language needs to include understanding and/or expressing correct:
Speech needs include:
Dysphagia (swallowing) needs include:
If you are a returning client, we look forward to continuing our relationship with you. To get started, please feel free to download our registration form or complete the contact us form below.
Communication Services Registration Form | PDF
On a breezy June afternoon, Troy quickly worked his way up the complicated rock climbing wall. At the top of the wall, barely winded by the ascent, Troy rang a bell signaling his victory. He rappelled down wearing a great big grin. Troy was clearly in his element. Some things do not come as easily as rock climbing for Troy. Troy was a 4th grader who found rock climbing a breeze but learning to read very difficult. Troy learns differently, challenged by dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Troy’s learning issues were not obvious from his early years. …
As a result of the Professional Learning course I attended at the Stern Center, I have a better understanding of how children learn differently and how my interactions with them impact their daily learning.