We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to learning for all as we recognize that all great minds don't think alike.
Meet our professional staff of diagnosticians and instructors versed in a wide range of disciplines.
Read stories and testimonials about learners of all ages who found academic and social success at the Stern Center.
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We partner with districts and individual schools to help build strong systems of support for all learners.
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Learn about the positive changes we have seen as a result of integrating our services throughout schools.
Our team of special educators, speech-language pathologists, and psychologists 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, ADHD, dyslexia, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and cerebral palsy. We offer a variety of different programs in both one-to-one and group settings.
Our speech and language therapy services provide individualized intervention plans for students experiencing language, speech and/or dysphagia (swallowing) challenges.
We focus on 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.
Our certified speech-language therapists 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:
Children, teens, and adults can benefit and are welcome to participate in our social learning groups. 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 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
As an eleven-year old, Sara loved the clarinet and lacrosse, and she felt great about learning and school. This was a big change from Sara’s start in school. In first grade, Sara had difficulty pronouncing words correctly. She also had difficulty learning handwriting. At first, Sara was embarrassed and felt insecure in school. She thought it was her fault she could not learn at the same pace and in the same way as her classmates. Sara’s parents, teacher, and Stern Center staff worked out a plan to help her succeed. Sara’s parents explained that the Stern Center …
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