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What is a social communication group?

Speech and Hearing Associates has developed an engaging social skills program for children of all ages. The program consists of hour-long sessions led by a skilled speech-language pathologist for small communication groups of up to five children. The groups target individual treatment goals within a group setting and focus specifically on social thinking, emotions, conversational skills, and social interactions.

What does the curriculum look like?

Each social communication group follows a targeted yearlong curriculum focusing on developing and practicing an extensive variety of social skills and topics. The dynamic curriculum consists of six individual units and adjustments are made as appropriate, depending on the group members’ ages and needs. Each participant receives a social story every week on the lesson being targeted. Stories are great for carryover and generalization into everyday settings. Participants are carefully placed in a group that best suits their needs according to diagnosis, level of behavioral and social strengths and weaknesses, age, and gender. In addition, participants will be guided so they can use the skills learned during the sessions and integrate them successfully into their daily activities.

What social skills does the group focus on?

  • eye contact
  • turn-taking/sharing
  • initiating conversation
  • feelings/emotions
  • conversational rules
  • working with others
  • and much more!

How do I get started?

To participate in one of our social communication groups, we must have a recent speech language evaluation conducted by a speech language pathologist. If you have any questions about our social communication groups please contact us at 732-750-4660 or fill out our contact form for more information and to check availability.

Summer intensive social communication group information

Speech and Hearing Associates is repeating its highly successful intensive summer social language skills program. This program will run during the summer months and will give children of all ages a foundation in Speech and Hearing Associates’ weekly Social/Pragmatic Language Skills Curriculum.

The 10-day summer program consists of small groups of no more than five children led by a certified, licensed speech language pathologist. The focus of each session will vary based on group needs, but will address on an individual basis the specific areas of social/pragmatic weakness of each child. The participants will receive a social story every session to reinforce the specific topic that was targeted. Stories are great for carryover and generalization into everyday settings.

In addition to learning social/pragmatic language skills in a structured environment, participants will then have the opportunity to use their skills as they participate in community-based activities. These activities will include group outings such as parks, ice cream parlors, and child-friendly play environments during which time they will be encouraged to utilize social/pragmatic skills with their peers. Parents are present for all community-based activities and are encouraged to participate and use clinician-guided strategies and techniques to encourage appropriate social interactions.

This program is loved by parents and children and truly provides a great foundation in what social/pragmatic language skills therapy is all about.

Groups will be held from July 18th – July 29th 

Monday – Friday (5 days a week) in Westfield and the surrounding area

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday sessions will be held for one hour between 2:30 – 4:30 PM each day in our office. Tuesday and Thursday sessions will be a 1-hour community-based outing.


Click here for more information and to view the application. The deadline for enrollment is Friday, June 10th.

Contact us at [email protected] or call 732-750-4660 for more information or to enroll.

Click here to view frequently asked questions about our summer intensive social communication group

What our patients are saying

I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to Ms. Melissa for the Summer 2021 (during pandemic) Social Communication program. Ms. Melissa is very caring, professional, and excellent at what she does. Always so positive and supporting not only kids but also parents, always available to talk.  After each sessions she gave every parent a tips how to work with kids. Every email I have sent was answered in an hour.  The program was full of fun activities outside the office which every kid was enjoying. My son for two weeks every day was asking if we are going to see Ms. Melissa and his new friends. After two weeks of summer program my kid is applying what he learned in real life. We made new friends that we have pay dates after the program.  I recommend the social communication to every kid how struggle with pragmatic speech. It is a fun way to learn how to interact with not only peers but also in the real life situation like restaurant, parks, etc. I want to thank Ms. Justine (we love her too, our one on one supporter)  because she recommended that program when we started with SHA. Ms. Melissa you are absolutely the best! We will probably sign next year too if my little boy will need it! Magdalena K.