Starfish Social Club Strengthening social and academic competencies, one unique learner at a time

Hi, I'm Stephanie Pepi, founder and director of Starfish Social Club. I have worked with students with social learning challenges as a special education teacher, behavior specialist, special education administrator, and campus administrator. I have also served as a Head of Delegation, basketball, and track coach for a Special Olympics team. I hold masters’ degrees in Special Education and Education Administration, and specialist certifications in autism, behavior, inclusion, and traumatic brain injury.

My joy comes from identifying areas of social/behavioral deficits, creating social profiles for students that describe how their social deficits interfere with their abilities to attend, learn, and socialize effectively, and assisting teachers, campuses, and families with implementing appropriate, effective interventions to address these challenges. I had the privilege of presenting at the 2016 National Social Thinking Provider's Conference regarding using Social Assessments to predict and increase inclusion success for kids with social challenges.

I continue to work in the school system and I see kids with social challenges struggle every day. Whether it's an inability to pay attention in a classroom setting, saying things they think are funny (but no one else does), or playing alone at recess, the effects of their challenges can be devastating. I created SSC to help students succeed, one unique learner at a time!