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REMINDER: Summer Social Skills Group Begins July 10

East Side Social – REMINDER: Summer Social Skills Group Session Begins July 10 Hello all! Just a quick reminder that our Summer Social Skills Group begins July 10. Please signup now as space is limited. Begin Date: July 10 and meets every Sunday for six weeks. Cost is $540 We are giving a 10% discount on the social group to those that send us a referral that signs up!  Insurance is accepted …Read More

Summer Social Skills Group Begins July 10

East Side Social – Summer Social Skills Group Session Begins July 10 Hello all! Hope your summer has started out well. Our Summer Social Skills Group begins July 10. Please signup now as space is limited. Begin Date: July 10 and meets every Sunday for six weeks. Cost is $540 We are giving a 10% discount on the social group to those that send us a referral that signs up! Insurance …Read More

REMINDER: East Side Social – Spring 2016 Learning Seminar: Arranging Successful Play Dates

  REMINDER: East Side Social – Spring 2016 Learning Seminar: Arranging Successful Play Dates *NEXT TUESDAY Hello all! Thank you for your feedback on the upcoming Spring 2016 Learning Seminartopic! Based on your input, the Seminar will be on “Arranging Successful Play Dates” Arranging successful play dates with your youngster’s classmates and peers is an excellent way to create socialization opportunities for them. If set up with some intention they can support participation …Read More

Autism Awareness Month

As you probably are aware, it is Autism Awareness Month. I was doing some reading online this weekend an ran across this well written and insightful article, that I think you will enjoy. The article is Huffington Post. Here is the orginal link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laurie-levy/autism-awareness-month-i-_b_9636332.html The full article follow: Autism Awareness Month: I Get to Light It Up Blue All Year Laurie LevyFounding director, Cherry Preschool; Blogger, ChicagoNow April is Autism …Read More

Interview with Alicia Allgood, MSEd, BCBA – Facilitating Social Groups for Students with Autism

From the good people at Different Roads to Learning, comes this interview with Alicia Allgood, Co-Founder of East Side Social LLC. The original article can be found here. The article follows:  In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we’re pleased to highlight an NYC-based agency called East Side Social this week! Alicia Allgood is a BCBA and co-founder of East Side Social. With her co-founder Kimia Tehrani, BCBA, they organize social …Read More

Teaching Social Skills Through Games – Series One: Joint Attention

Evidence suggests that social skills are best taught through direct instruction, modeling, role-playing and interactive games.  While we engage in all of these modalities at East Side Social, one of our favorite ways to teach new skill sets is through games. There are so many games on the market today that lend themselves to teaching a number of social skills. In developing our lesson plans for our group meetings at East …Read More

Teaching Social Skills Through Games – Series Two: Patience

Whether in line at the store, sharing common materials or holding a conversation between friends, one must wait their turn always and everywhere when other people are involved. Games are no exception. The nice thing about teaching the skill of waiting one’s turn during game play is that, yet again, the structure makes for a safe space. The rules and expectations are explicit, giving learners some stability to rely on. …Read More