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6865 E. Becker Ln. Ste 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Chandler Office:
932 W. Chandler Blvd. Ste 3
Chandler, AZ 85225
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Child to Child: A Preschool Social Language Therapy Group

Comprehensive Speech and Language Evaluation
Speech and Language Therapy
Reading and Spelling Evaluation
Writing Evaluation
Reading and Spelling Intervention
Writing Intervention
Math Intervention
Talking Toddlers: A Toddler Communication Therapy Group
Child to Child: A Preschool Social Language Therapy Group
Kid Talk: An Elementary Social Language Therapy Group
Teen Talk: A Middle and High School Social Thinking® Group
Getting In Gear: A Learning Strategies Group
Fast ForWord Programs
Feeding and Swallowing Disorders
At Pediatric Speech and Language Specialists, we offer a variety of groups that target social language use, or pragmatics. Our groups target different skills based on the level of the children involved, from basic social skills up to Social Thinking® concepts. All children must go through a screening process to enable therapists to form groups of similar ages, skills, and needs. Groups meet one time per week for an hour or an hour-and-a-half, under the direction of a speech-language pathologist. During the last five to ten minutes of each session, a family information period is offered to educate parents about vocabulary and strategies that are being used/taught to improve their child's pragmatic language skills. We focus on important skills such as;
  • Greeting friends
  • Cooperating with peers
  • Listening with your whole body
  • Taking turns talking (I talk-You talk)
  • Staying "with the group"
  • Following the "plan"
  • Using eye contact
  • Negotiating
  • Making conversation
  • Asking / answering questions
  • Making comments
  • Expressing their feelings/thoughts
  • Reading nonverbal signals
  • Identifying their feelings

For our youngest children, we offer two play-based groups, known as Child-to-Child. These two groups meet for an hour-and-a-half. Up to ten children may be placed in these groups with two speech-language pathologists.

Child-to-Child 1 typically includes children that are three-to-four years old. However, exceptions may be made based on skill level. This group focuses on basic social skills, including (but not limited to) greeting peers and initiating interactions, getting others' attention by using names, looking at others during an interaction, listening and following directions in a group, and transitioning between activities.

Child-to-Child 2 typically includes children that are five-to-six years old. However, exceptions may be made based on skill level. This group also focuses on the social skills mentioned above. However, Social Thinking® skills are also introduced at this stage. For example, children may be taught to recognize behaviors as "expected" or "unexpected," and to understand that our behaviors affect how others think or feel about us. In addition, children are often introduced to Superflex and the Team of Unthinkables, created by Stephanie Madrigal and Michelle Garcia Winner. The use of these characters teaches children to identify specific behaviors that are challenging for them, and gives them Superflex strategies (or self-coaching strategies) to help them modify those behaviors.

At PSLS, our cutting-edge Social Communication Groups incorporate the Social Thinking® approach based on the work of world renowned expert Michelle Garcia Winner.

Call the PSLS office for our current schedule at (480) 991-6560.

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