Does your child struggle to...

  • get along with peers?
  • build relationships?
  • participate in group activities?
  • resolve conflicts?
  • follow the lead of other people?
  • understand different perspectives?

Social skills can be delayed for many reasons. Research has shown that for children with average or above-average cognitive and linguistic ability, instruction in social thinking can improve the positive use of social skills and the understanding of why using these skills matters.

Social thinking is a term coined by Michelle Garcia Winner and her colleagues, to describe an instructional approach combining essential ingredients of a model social skills curriculum (Krasney & colleagues, 2003), with a focus on building the underlying social cognitive knowledge required for the expression of related social skills.

NWCC offers small social groups for children from kindergarten through high school that focus on building skills in

  • self-regulation
  • self-awareness
  • social knowledge
  • narratives
  • social thinking
  • executive functions
  • self-esteem

These skills are taught via fun activities, with clear visuals to help anchor abstract concepts, predictable routines, and opportunities for participants to focus on peers and develop self-awareness within a comfortable, safe and respectful environment. Parent feedback sessions are offerred after each group to help facilitate generalization of skills to home and families.

Activities can include yoga, dance parties, stories, video clips, movies, photography, film-making, theatre games, team building experiences, drawing, cartoon-making, building, art, bookclubs, outings, special visitors, or anything else that the group finds interesting.

Groups are limited in size, and members are carefully selected according to their level of perspective-taking ability, estimated in reference to the Social Thinking Social Communication Profile (as developed by Michelle Garcia Winner and her colleagues at the Center for Social Thinking). By doing so, the talents and learning goals of the participants are best matched for success.

If you think your child might benefit from social thinking instruction, please contact Ann at for more information about groups and/or to schedule an intake appointment to help determine an appropriate group for your child.