The Social Learning Center offers a range of therapeutic services including individual counseling, social groups, and professional development.  For more information, please see descriptions below.

Social Cognitive Groups:

Social Cognitive Groups held at the SLC have a strong foundation in Social Thinking ( and cognitive behavioral interventions. Mr. Abildgaard is personally involved with all the groups taking place at the SLC and provides on going training and supervision of the entire staff.  Please read below for more information on our approach to teaching social cognitive theory within a group setting.

Our treatment approach will integrate:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / Social Thinking/Executive Function Interventions

Delivery of instruction will look like:

  • Combination of direct instruction, role playing, group social analysis, and peer mediated instruction

The context of intervention will be:

  •  Clinic and Community Based

The composition of instruction will be:

  • Low client/therapist ratio
  • Trained peer mentors in some groups (the SLC and Cheshire Public Schools are working together to provide this aspect of the program.  More information on our Peer Mentoring program will be posted in the coming weeks).
  • Trained "Clinical Associated to help support learning and generalization

Type of clients best suited for “social cognitive” groups at the SLC present with some of the following strengths/areas of need:

  • Good use of language syntax and communicates for a variety of reasons.
  • May have impaired speed and efficiency of how they process other’s perspectives
  •  May be very literal thinkers, and will show  difficulty with reading literature for social meaning
  • Have poor organizational skills
  • May look socially awkward to peers or look just like their peers yet lack social understandings and nuances; “smart but clueless”
  •  Constrained by the speed of social interactions
  • May retreat back to their own comfort level of conversation without considering their communicative partner
  • Not understand hidden meaning of social rules
  • Struggle with understanding how emotions influence their own and another's behaviors
  •  Have a desire to be part of the group
  • No frequent aggressive behaviors at school or in the community
    Cost for the 14 week group is $840. The SLC does not accept insurance.     


Cost for the 14 week group is $840. The SLC does not accept insurance.  


Individual Counseling:

Individual counseling sessions are available with Chris Abildgaard, Ashley Zagorski, and Geoff Birch

Clients who may benefit from individual counseling services may
1. be struggling with navigating the social world
2. have difficulty dealing with anxiety
3. show signs of other mental health concerns
4. require individual support in the areas of executive functioning or emotional regulation, 
5. may be transitioning from high school into post secondary/vocational settings and need assistance in planning the next stages of life

  All therapists integrate various methods of counseling procedures when working with clients.  They include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), forms of behavior modification and methodologies associated with Social Thinking© 

Typically, individual sessions start around the age of 8. Session are 50 minutes in length.

Family participation is an important part of the therapeutic process.  Families should expect to have "homework" and be given different strategies to try at home.  

NO INSURANCE is accepted
If you are interested in learning about pricing or to set up an individual consultation with either Chris, Ashley, or Geoff please email Linda at

School Based Consultation and Professional Development:

Chris Abildgaard NCSP, LPC, NCC is available for school based consultation and professional development training for school staff.

Using a collaborative approach, Chris works along side of the school team to help problem solve, explore reasonable treatment outcomes based on IEP's and work with families to help all involve understand the social cognitive functioning of the student.  

Consultation can be for one individual student or can be more geared towards creating larger social cognitive programs within the school.  If you are interested in learning more about the school consultation please contact Chris directly at

 If you are a school district interested in Professional Development, please email Chris directly at for more information. 

A short list of recent Professional Developments OR SEPTA meetings that have been led by Chris include:

  • Milford Public School
  • Regional School District #15
  • Regional School District #13
  • The Southfield Center, Darien, CT
  • Cold Spring School, New Haven, CT
  • East Lyme Public School
  • New Milford Public Schools
  • Brookfield SEPTA Meeting
  • Stratford SEPTA Meeting
  • Middletown Public Schools
  • Cheshire Public Schools
  • Hope Academy, Orange, CT
  • Stratford Public Schools
  • Wallingford Public Schools
  • Hamden Public Schools
  • Shelton Public Schools

Fee Schedule: Please call for more information

Rates are based on location of presentation (travel), presenter requested and amount of time.
Book donations are accepted when presenting at a SEPTA or other parent organization.

Social Cognitive Evaluations:

Referral process for assessments:

All social cognitive assessments are done by Chris Abildgaard, LPC, NCC, NCSP.  Each assessment is designed to answer specific referral questions asked by the family or school district. If you are interested or have questions about our Social Cognitive Assessments please email Chris directly at

Core components of a social cognitive assessment may include the following:

  • File review
  • Clinic-based observations/assessments:
    • Naturalistic assessments through conversation
    • Meeting with parents to discuss concerns/needs
    • Rubrics and checklists to delineate skills of concerns
    • Standardized testing (types will vary depending on referral question)
    • Informal assessments (Dynamic Double Interview, Winner, 2008)
  • School observations
  • Written report with school and clinical recommendations 

Speech and Language Services: