are four different professionals who work with children with
For Social Development therapy led by Licensed
Social Worker or Psychologist, see the Groups listed below.
For Social Pragmatics therapy led by Speech
Language Pathologist, visit our Social
Pragmatic web page.
For information on Behavioral Therapy, led by Behavioral
Specialist, visit our Behavior web pages: ABA, FBA, BMP, or Behavior
Social Development Groups
While each of the
following professionals comes recommended by at least three SPED PAC
cannot in any way guarantee the result. It is important to check their
references, review their credentials, and interview them to understand
whether their skills and approach are a good fit for your child.
training group leader is key. School professionals can attend
classes or hirer an outside
can be formal and informal group (such as lunch groups).
Academy's have a Licensed Social Worker or clinical Psychologist
groups are larger (< 15), take place in a gym, students learn about
listening to rules and playing with a larger group.
These professionals can also be hired as consultant to schools.
(was formaly known Academy North from 1989 - 2010)
36 Woburn Street
Reading, MA 01867
This is their main office and they have locations in Danvers and right
next door in Lexington.
9 Tech Circle
Natick, MA 01760
Academy of Physical
and Social Development
425R Watertown Street
The Dana Groups have a group of psychologist leading their groups
(because of this leader, check with your insurance company for coverage
of this service). These are smaller groups (< 8) they also do group
feelings with the students and getting along with others.
YouthCare Social Skill Groups
holds groups throughout the school year focusing on social pragmatic
skills that support social success for children. In particular,
they focus on helping children to develop social and
interpersonal relationships through self-awareness, social skill
enhancement, and social thinking in a therapeutic, relationship-based
environment. Social skill groups ration is 1:5, and serve children ages
5 - 16 with social cognitive challenges.
Massachusetts General Hospital
15 Green Street, Third Floor
Charlestown, MA 02129
Dr. Scott McLeod, Youth Care Executive
47A River Street, Suite A200
Wellesley, MA 02481
For a list of their staff:
social skills groups in Concord / Lexington,
Contact Denise Grenier, Master of Soical
Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
3 Clematis Road
Lexington, MA 02421
preschool through high school:
AANE has a
list of social
groups in our state and out state
Linda Price M.Ed., C.A.G.S.
Licensed Educational Psychologist in
MA and a Certified School Psychologist in MA & NH
229 Billerica Road
Chelmsford, MA 01824
Having a total school commitment for
the approach and vocabulary for dealing with social issues is key for the success of these programs.
Skillstreaming the Elementary
and Adolescent School Child
2-5) and (grades 6-12)
and Skillstreaming in Early Childhood
(Preschool - Grade 1)
Second Step, STEPS to Respect
school, grades 6-8)
Open Circle Competency Program
Bullying prevention program that teaches how to end bullying at school and in
Don't Laugh at Me (DLAM)
A school curriculum with: guide, pre-and-post implementation
questionnaires and a CD and video for both schools and summer camps.
(grades 2-5) and (grades 6-8)
School wide social curriculum:
List of Social