How long have you been searching for the 'social skills solution' for your child?
The most common response we get from new families is, "Years".
Here's why: Few people understand how social learning challenges affect our kids. And amongst those who understand, even fewer know how to actually help.
Welcome to Starfish Social Club, the skill-building, friendship-facilitating, parent-supporting social skills solution! We exist to help students with social learning challenges:
2) improve their social skills and
3) become the best version of themselves!
Does your child struggle with peer interactions? Does he/she engage in behaviors that cause peers to neglect or even reject him/her?
Starfish Social Club is here to help students with social learning challenges! We provide the key components to improving your child's ability to make and maintain friendships:
1) Direct instruction and feedback
2) in social awareness (not discrete skills)
3) in a safe, supportive group environment with similar peers.
My son is resistant to any new activity. It throws his anxiety into high gear. At Starfish, even when he feels tired or “done,” he is able to use problem solving skills and work with his teachers and Stephanie to work through his feelings. He also struggled with using inappropriate language (cursing) and at Starfish he has gained some perspective into how using those words makes other people feel. This has been a lot more effective than us trying to curb the use at home. Most importantly he is starting to gain confidence around peers, interact more appropriately (rather than engaging in attention seeking behavior from the start) and make friends. He continues to work on patience with others, emotional regulation and perspective taking skills. In general, he's a happier kid! He has social needs and those needs are being met and supported during his time at Starfish. We have been able to phase out ABA in part because Starfish provides him the safe, fun and stable environment to put those hard practiced skills into use with his peers. His growth this year has been tremendous and he continues to surprise us. Not only does Starfish give him the opportunity to practice his skills in real-time, they also encourage him to go a little farther than we probably would! They hold him accountable which makes him feel more like a “normal” kid rather than someone always needing special treatment. They see his potential and his strengths and work to bring those out.
-Jenny, parent of a 7th grader
You've joined support groups. You've scoured the internet for answers. You've sought out experts.
Yet you are still searching. None of those have actually led to improved social outcomes for your child.
Add to that the challenges at home due to sibling conflicts. Different parenting styles. Frustration with online learning. Reduced social opportunities. Our kids have struggled more than most over the past 6 months.
Despite all this, Starfish Social Club continues to:
1) provide parent support
2) build social awareness and
3) facilitate peer relationships for our students
Before finding Starfish, I was very concerned and frustrated with previous interventions, feeling like no one understood my child and what to do to help her. For the first year I kept waiting for Stephanie to say that my daughter would not be able to continue with Starfish because of her behavior and lack of progress. This has been the case with
other social skills therapies and ABA that she has been in. It was like waiting for the
My daughter has made and continues to make significant progress at Starfish. I feel like my parenting has improved as well, particularly in how I approach conversations with her. I find myself thinking, 'What would Stephanie do?" It has been a welcomed relief honestly. I see that Starfish’s simple and effective approach is exactly what she needs and it is a beautiful feeling to see that she has a tribe there and somewhere
where she feels a sense of belonging. I am SO happy with her progress. It is the most growth I have seen than with any other therapies she has had in the past.
Stephanie has opened my eyes to my child. I feel like I understand her so much better. As a teacher and a special-needs mom I have been to countless workshops and
trainings on autism. However, observing Stephanie and watching her work her magic with my daughter and other kids, I feel like my whole approach to talking to children has forever shifted. Just by using Stephanie's simple questions asked in a curious fashion as well as other simple additions has been so impactful for me, my family, and my
students. I am forever grateful to have met Stephanie.
-Dawn, parent of a 10th grader
Parents (especially moms) often feel like you are responsible for 'fixing' your child's challenges. This also means you often feel like you are failing their child when you haven't been able to improve your child's friendships. That's where Starfish Social Club comes in!
We directly teach the skills your child needs to be more socially successful. And we do it in a small group with similar peers to foster healthy, safe peer relationships.
And with weekly Q&A sessions for parents, we show you how you can support your child while strengthening these skills outside of Starfish!
We can't wait to have you and your child on board!