Since 2009, we have led the effort to provide social cognitive interventions to those individuals who struggle with social learning deficits. Our clinical services have been at the forefront of those offered here in the state of Connecticut and have been recognized on a national level. 


Our Mission

We hold true to integrating evidence based methodologies with clinical techniques shown to be effective when working with individuals with ASDs and other social learning challenges. Promoting social emotional learning and growth is at the heart of our practice.

Chris has always shown great interest in incorporating Social Thinking’s philosophy and teaching concepts into his practice. Many parents have shared with me that they are pleased with the help Chris has provided to them and their family”
— Michelle Garcia Winner, Founder of Social Thinking and Speech Pathologist, MA-CCC

What We've Achieved

  • Provided social cognitive groups and therapy for individuals in preschool through adulthood.
  • State and national speaking engagements on topics related to social development, executive functioning and cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Clients have remained with the practice for over 6 years due to progress seen. 
  • Strong partnerships with local school districts with the goal of enhancing their competencies when working with individuals with an ASD and other social learning challenges.
  • “We feel fortunate to have the highly qualified social thinkers at The Social Learning Center as part of our son’s team. Chris and his colleagues are passionate about their work and compassionate professionals who give put the child first in all that they do. The clinicians at The Social Learning Center are knowledgeable and focused on meeting the child’s needs.”
    - Karen, parent of 15 year old with Asperger’s Syndrome
  • “We have been bringing my son (a 45 minute drive, on a good day!) to see Chris Abildgaard for 2 1/2 years now.  We feel so fortunate to have been introduced to Chris at a time when we really didn't know where else to turn and no one seemed to see what we were seeing.  From our very first meeting with Chris, my husband and I immediately felt a sense of relief and hope as we could tell right away that Chris actually gets it!  I mean, he REALLY gets it!  Honestly, there are plenty of sessions when I'm not sure who is benefiting more, my son or I.   It has truly been a pleasure and a blessing to have found Chris and The Social Learning Center”.  
    --Stacey, parent of a 16 year old boy

More from families......

"My 24 year old son has been attending the social group run by Chris Abildgaard at the Social Learning Center for the past few years.  He eagerly looks forward to each group session and through the years, feels a real social connection with Chris, his staff, and the other group members.  The discussions and topics have helped him be more aware of how he can improve his social interactions in many situations.  The group has bolstered his confidence and has encouraged new relationships with young people, giving him the tools to develop and foster new friendships.

As young people who have been ostracized throughout their life, young people who do have social deficits tend to shy away from relationships as they get older.  I have found that there are very limited resources to help my son develop meaningful connections in his adult life.  Chris Abildgaard and his staff have developed programs to address this scarcity in services.  I am very thankful that my son has this program to help him mature and grow his relationships".
--Shelley, mother of a 24 year old young man


"We’ve been seeing Chris Abildgaard for five years. Working with Chris and the Social Learning Center is one of the best things to ever happen to our family. Our autistic son has grown by leaps and bounds thanks to his relationship with Chris. Our son loves going to his social group and his one-on-one sessions with Chris, with whom he has a genuine connection.

Chris helps our son and our family navigate the highs and lows of caring for a child with Autism. He helps us understand our son’s perspective of the world and develop strategies to help him overcome his obstacles. Chris and his staff are very caring, compassionate and understanding. In addition to asking insightful questions, Chris is also a great listener.

In our mind, there isn’t anyone better to help our son learn and grow into the young man we hope he can be".

--Bess & Chris, parents of a 10 year old boy