Programs to Suit Your Needs

Jaime offers groups and individual sessions through Idaho Social Learning Center.

 
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For more information regarding the center please visit www.idahosociallearningcenter.org

Jaime offers groups and individual sessions for children ages 4.5 years to young adult. Groups are based on the individual needs of the client and are offered on a rolling basis. The premise of social learning requires a certain level of language and cognition. If you have any questions about whether or not your son or daughter is a good fit please reach out and connect with Jaime.

At the end of every group or individual session Jaime will spend 15 minutes talking with the parent about what they can do to carry over the skill or strategy at home. This model is unique to therapy and essential for generalization of these type of skills. Please plan on attending the last 15 minutes of your child’s session. If you can not attend Jaime can record the talk time for you.

The group and individual sessions follow the Blaine County School District calendar and meets once weekly during the school year. Groups are offered on a selective basis in the summer and Jaime offers a 6 week summer session. For more information regarding a specific group please email Jaime directly.

Where do I start if I am interested in enrolling my child in a group or 1:1 session?

Jaime will meet with you and your family to discuss the best course of treatment action. First appointment typically takes 75-90 minutes. Prior to meeting with Jaime you will receive paperwork electronically for enrolling in the program.

Groups are typically 2-4 children and are group based on the needs of each of the students. In order to ensure the best quality of service groups do not exceed 4 students. Sometimes groups are not a good fit and the child needs to focus on specific skills to get ready to enter the group. Jaime will give you professional guidance on what services are best for you child.

What will my child learn in group or 1:1 sessions?

Please read the synopsis below on what is offered and covered in Jaime’s sessions.

What is Social Learning?

“Solving the Social Puzzle”
Navigating and understanding the social world can be a complex puzzle to solve. In order to be successful socially, an understanding of other people’s thoughts and feelings, non verbal language and verbal language are needed in multiple contexts. Sometimes, because of a social learning challenge, these skills are underdeveloped and need to be taught and nurtured. Since social interactions are complex, teaching social cognition takes time; however, with direct explicit instruction and support these skills can be learned.

Social Learning is: 

  • A cognitive-behavioral approach to help individuals with social learning challenges. Some of the approaches are based on the work of Michelle Garcia Winner, SLP, MA-CCC. For more information visit www.socialthinking.com

  • Different than teaching “Social Skills” because it teaches students how to think in social situations before understanding how to respond accordingly.

  • A cognitive approach that most of us learn intuitively.

Basic Concepts:

  • Social success depends on having an “elastic or flexible brain.” This is the ability to change one’s thoughts in order to problem solve, consider other’s perspectives, or to adapt to a change in the social context.

  • The way we act is affected by what we think of others or what others are thinking about us.

  • We must be able to take the perspectives of others in order to have successful social relationships.

We are always thinking about others, whether we are talking to them at any given moment, or not. We think of others when we read a book, watch TV, ride in an elevator, write a paper for school, or have a conversation.
We use our “eyes to think” in order to gather information from our social environment. We need to pay attention to both obvious and subtle cues when interacting with others.

How does a Social Learning challenge affect academics?

People with a social learning challenge often struggle with organization, time management, abstract thinking, and others skills related to academic functioning. A social learning challenge is directly related to academic performance.


In an academic setting, individuals with social learning challenges often have struggles with:

  • problem solving

  • abstract thinking

  • reading comprehension

  • written expression

  • imaginary and pretend play

  • getting along with teachers and peers

  • working as a part of a group

  • organizational skills or skills related to executive functioning