Q: What happens when a social skills coach and a dating expert meet on a dating app?


A: They create Starfish Dating Academy, of course!

Steph West

Starfish Social Club

Hey, I'm Steph! I'm a  social skills coach in charge of this place called Starfish Social Club! 

Through the curriculum and programs here at Starfish, I help students become more socially competent, confident and connected so they can make and maintain the relationships they choose! I'm super excited to add Starfish Dating Academy so we can serve older students in a new way!

Nick Sparks

Sparks of Attraction


I'm Nick Sparks, and I’m a world-renowned expert in social skills development, with an emphasis on sexual communication.

It's my job to resolve common dating frustrations, give people complete confidence with those they wish to attract, and deliver the life we all truly deserve -- amazing friends, a lack of anxiety when it comes to social and sexual communication, and the prospects of a partner who we’re truly excited to be with!

What is Starfish Dating Academy?


Starfish Dating Academy is a 40-hour program designed to help neurodiverse teens and adults (age 16+) understand themselves, others, and the dating world a little better so they can create healthy, successful romantic relationships! 

The program dives deep into the following areas:


  • Developing a sense of who you are and what's important to you in a relationship
  • An awareness of different types of relationships (including identifying red flags and unhealthy patterns) so you can decide what you are looking for
  • A deeper understanding of the importance of chemistry, connection, and compatibility when looking for a partner
  • Analysis of all the different ways and places you can meet someone so you can decide which makes the most sense for you
  • Guidance and support in creating an online dating profile (for students 18+)

Getting to Know People

  • Strategies for talking to someone for the first time, both in person and online
  • Signs that this is someone you would like to go out with (or not!)
  • Making a plan with someone to go on a date
  • How to handle hearing and saying 'no'


  • Practicing conversation skills that show interest in others
  • Identifying clues that mean your date is or is not interested in seeing you again
  • Learning the signs that it is or is not okay to touch someone
  • Discussing the continuum from a conversation all the way to sex, and the importance of consent at each stage


Who is it for?



Starfish Dating Academy is open to anyone 16 and older who is interested in dating and finding a romantic partner BUT struggles with:

  • reading social cues
  • maintaining reciprocal conversations
  • finding someone who shares similar interests
  • letting someone know they are interested in them
  • moving from a conversation to a date



What is the schedule?


  • Sessions are Wednesdays from 5:30-8:00 PM Central time.
  • We will meet Wednesday, January 12 through Wednesday, May 11 with the exception of March 9 and 16 (closed for Spring Break).
  • Students can attend either in person (San Antonio, TX) or via Zoom.
  • Registration for this session closes Monday, Dec. 20th!

How do I sign up?


  • Choose your payment plan below.
  • Complete your registration.
  • Follow the links in the welcome email to complete your assessment and schedule your appointment!
  • Welcome to Starfish Dating Academy! We look forward to seeing you soon!

One Payment


6 Payments

$447 a month

Registration automatically includes a 1/1 call with Steph. If you would like to speak to her before you register, click here to schedule a time.

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The fact that you’re reading this section means you already know this is what your child needs, but perhaps you still have a bit of doubt. Hesitation. Risk. I get it. Like…

"What if my child doesn't like it?

Or won't participate?”

Well that’s simple. Try it!

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