Tara Trievel, M.Ed., is a Certified Autism Specialist with over fourteen years of experience educating students with social challenges and reading disabilities. She recently completed clinical training at the Social Thinking(R) clinic in Boston, MA.
2 Be Social offers one-to-one social training to children and adults 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 2-4 may be formed on the basis of similar social needs and age.
Our Core Values:
Being comfortably social is a natural phenomenon 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 will create a more positive, comfortable experience for all involved.
We use a cognitive approach to developing an understanding of social behaviors. Learning about others' thoughts, feelings, and emotions help 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.