As a mental health practice, we prescribe to a strength-based approach to development. We will identify and celebrate those individual strengths to help support and improve those areas of need.
A core component and treatment approach of the SLC comes from the Social Thinking methodology created by Michelle Winner (www.socialthinking.com). Chris has completed both clinical trainings offered by Michelle and continues to train and develop the competencies of the SLC staff in this area.
Social Competencies & Related Social Skills
When we talk about "teaching social cognitive competencies and related social skills,” we are targeting how:
- How one's own social mind works.
- Behaviors that we do impact others; behaviors that create feelings and thoughts.
- The “why” behind the specific social behaviors and why it would benefit them to use the skill.
- The importance of developing cognitive flexibility across settings (home, school, work, relationships).
- How to create social connections with the goal of initiating and maintaining a lasting relationship.
- How social executive functioning impacts everything we do!!
Evidence Based Practices (EBP) at the SLC:
Utilizing evidence based practices is critical in the development of a sound clinical practice. "Evidence - Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders" was published in 2014 and many of the current types of interventions and strategies used at the SLC were found to be "evidence based." Below are examples of those "EBP" that you will find in our groups and individual counseling sessions:
- Modeling (MD)
- Cognitive behavioral intervention (CBI)
- Peer-mediated instruction and intervention (PMII)
- Scripting (SC)
- Social narratives (SN)
- Social skills training (SST)
- Structured play groups (SPG)
- Technology aided instruction and intervention (TAII)
- Task analysis (TA)
- Video modeling (VM)
- Visual supports (VS)