What if my child does not like the program?
We work together to determine your child’s readiness for group before your child starts.
How do I know the typical peers will not make fun of my child?
Our interview process enables us to assess the social maturity of all applicants. Applicants accepted for participation are willing to explore different sides of the social spectrum.
Do the kids just sit around and talk about their disability?
The young people engage around a conference table, learn about each other’s differences—strengths and challenges–and build strategies for communicating effectively with each other. They have fun learning! It is our Inclusion Teaming Process ™ that facilitates the growth of your child’s social communication skills—so vital for their success.
Can my child just come and not admit any challenges?
Your child will be learning about his strengths as well as his challenges so they can be used effectively for their own progress. For example, if your child has difficulty with bright lights, she can learn how to gain permission for soft lighting that will increase her performance. Facilitators demonstrate how they have used their strengths and challenges to connect more effectively with members of their team.
Does my child need to admit a diagnosis to join your programs?
Each group is learning about the social communication challenges that carry certain characteristics that may follow the definition of a disorder. Knowledge about characteristics may actually save a job at some point. Your child will learn when it might be helpful to just describe the characteristic that is interfering with their performance and request a corresponding accommodation. So if they never want to use the name of a disorder, they would need to understand which characteristics interfere with social effectiveness and which are beneficial.
Why would kids want to spend more time learning after a full day of school?
We can only tell you that they love coming. I quote from a typical communicator, “I have learned more here in these few meetings than I learned my entire senior year.” From a challenged communicator, “Gosh, this is the best experience of my life. I am understanding the world around me now, and that’s cool.”