Imagine your child playing games with friends without getting upset. Or your teen having conversations with peers about a variety of topics instead of just their interests. Or schedule changes that are handled with minor difficulty.
Imagine the impact that would have on their friendships. On their relationships with you and their siblings. On their future employment possibilities. On their general quality of life!
Welcome to Starfish Social Club, the skill building, friendship facilitating, parent supporting social skills solution! We exist to teach students with social learning challenges how to:
1) make friends,
2) improve their social skills, and
3) become the best version of themselves!
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. 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. 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
Does your child/teen 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 a 12-month online program with a live (in person or via Zoom) game time each week! Our students receive:
1) Direct instruction in social awareness,
2) the opportunity to practice what they are learning with similar peers, and
3) a safe, supportive environment with helpful feedback from teachers and peers.
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.
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
If you are like most of our families, you've joined online support groups. You've scoured the internet for answers. You've sought out experts. Yet you are still searching! This often causes parents to feel like they haven't done enough, even though they've done everything they know!
Despite all the changes to our social world in 2020, Starfish Social Club continues to build social awareness and peer relationships for our students. We directly teach the social awareness skills your child needs to be more socially successful, and we provide weekly peer engagement opportunities in a safe, supportive environment.
We can't wait to help your child/teen become the best version of themselves!