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6865 E. Becker Ln. Ste 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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932 W. Chandler Blvd. Ste 3
Chandler, AZ 85225
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Kid Talk: An Elementary 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
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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
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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;

Social Skills
  • Identifying Expected vs. Unexpected Behaviors
  • Thinking Flexibly
  • Perspective Taking
  • Understanding Hidden Social Rules
  • Reading Social Cues
  • Whole Body Listening
  • Understanding the Effect of One’s Behavior on Others
  • Increasing Self-awareness/Self-monitoring
Language Skills
  • Asking & Answering Questions
  • Staying on Topic
  • Switching Topics
  • Specific Word Finding
  • Processing of Information
  • Formulation and Sequencing of Thoughts in Conversation
  • Reasoning and Problem Solving
Cooperating With Peers
  • Negotiating with Peers
  • Being a Good Leader/Participant
  • Taking Turns
  • Good Sportsmanship
KidTalk

For school-aged children, we offer Social Thinking® groups, known as KidTalk. These groups meet for an hour. Groups are typically smaller, ranging from three to six children with one speech-language pathologist. KidTalk groups are often separated into children aged seven to ten and those aged ten to thirteen. However, age ranges are subject to change slightly based on the skill levels of interested children.

KidTalk groups focus on Social Thinking® concepts and "hidden" social rules. Children are taught to think through social situations, and are provided with guided practice in learning to take the perspective of others, from peers to parents. This focus often enables greater social success for children because it helps them understand why they are supposed to act a certain way, rather than simply having them memorize social rules. A new Social Thinking® vocabulary is introduced to help parents, therapists, and children communicate openly about social expectations and how they relate to others' thoughts and perspectives. This understanding is critical for making and keeping friends.

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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