2 Be Social, LLC was founded by Tara Trievel on the belief that every person should have the opportunity to learn to be socially comfortable. Born and raised in Chester County, PA, Tara loved to explore the outdoors as a child, and when indoors she played “teacher” with her two younger sisters. As an adult, she obtained a B.A. from Immaculata University with a dual concentration in Sociology and Elementary Education. Later, she obtained her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in Special Education from Concordia University. She taught middle school for twelve years to students with varying learning differences and abilities before being promoted to an administrative role. During her year as an administrator, Tara developed a school-wide character education program and began the implementation of a school-wide social curriculum based on the Social Thinking® framework developed by Michelle Garcia Winner.
During her teaching career, Tara experienced a growing population of students with social deficits and challenges. She was determined to find something to help these very intelligent and verbal students navigate and negotiate the social world. After years of research and implementation of common strategies, Tara had that “aha” moment during a conference held by Michelle Garcia Winner in the fall of 2012. She knew that the concept of social thinking was a breakthrough for her students. She attended six more training workshops on Social Thinking® over the course of 2013-2014 before completing the Clinical Training at the Social Thinking Clinic in Boston, MA. She has experience and training to be able to successfully implement the framework with those students experiencing social difficulties due to ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, non-verbal learning disorder, and those without a diagnosis experiencing social communication difficulties.
Tara does not claim to be a mental health professional and recommends that her social tutoring and coaching does not take the place of her clients’ current therapy provided by a psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, or another mental health provider. Some concepts covered may overlap, but it is always best to keep-up with current and future personal therapeutic needs.