Tara Trievel, M.Ed., is a Certified Autism Specialist with over twelve years of experience educating students with social challenges and reading disabilities.
Social Skills Development
2 Be Social offers one-to-one social training using the Social Thinking framework developed by Michelle Garcia Winner.
2 Be Social offers one-to-one tutoring in reading and writing while using a solid foundation in social cognition.
Small groups of 2-3 may be formed on the basis of similar social needs and age.
Our Core Values:
Being comfortably social is a natural phenomena for some and for others it is a daily struggle. We teach the "why" of social communication and interaction in order to understand behaviors and emotions rather than teach specific social skills toreact to them. When we develop the skills to think about social behaviors we are better able to adjust our own behavior in the moment rather than depend on following a social rule which may not be the best for the situation. Learning how to adjust behaviors is something that will be recognized by others as "good social skills" and in-turn will create a more positive, comfortable experience for all involved.
We use a cognitive approach to develop an understanding of social behaviors. Learning about others' thoughts, feelings, and emotions helps promote appropriate behavior which is perceived as having "good social skills". We incorporate the Social Thinking framework developed by Michelle Garcia Winner along with research and evidence-based strategies. We have proven the positive outcome of these strategies while educating students with learning differences in the classroom. Using these methods, we develop a customized program based on the individual's level of social understanding and competency, as well as personal goals shared by the individual and his/her family members.
Our goal is for our clients to become socially comfortable by developing a process of "thinking", not just memorizing social rules. Our program can help those with an open mind and patience to learn how to better communicate with friends, relatives, co-workers and employers. We strive to help our clients better understand body language and facial expressions, and how to respond to others' feelings, thoughts, and needs.
Erin Clemens, our Social Media Coordinator, is an active autism advocate in our community and a newly self-published author. Her book, I Have Asperger's can be purchased in e-book and print formats on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and lulu.com.