What is Social City?
Social City is a social skills program for children ages 2-16 years old.
Social City offers two types of group classes:
Larger groups have 6-8 students, and are led by 2-4 therapists and take place at our locations at specific times. Our class schedule can be found here: Click here for Schedule
Smaller groups, called pragmatic social sessions (PSS), have 2-4 students and are led by 1-2 therapists. 8-10 weekly sessions are agreed upon in advance, and the timing and location of the sessions are coordinated based on the students’ availability and location. These sessions are similar in structure and content to the larger social skills groups.
How are students placed into groups?
In order to maximize learning potential, students are appropriately matched according to their age, emotional maturity, social functioning, goals and interests.
(Social City also offers individual speech-language therapy to address receptive, expressive and pragmatic language goals.)
How are classes structured?
Classes at Social City consistent of four elements, each designed to teach, practice, or improve a skill.
Classes begin with a group conversation, during which we address social interaction and skills to form relationships (ex: reinforcing eye contact, asking questions or making comments to maintain the conversation, turn taking, and other conversational skills). This is followed by the social skills lesson, which is presented in an interactive and enjoyable context through group discussion, role plays, interactive and instructional short video clips, and group activities. Next, we have the creative movement element, which focuses on getting the students up and moving, and promotes self-regulation. Last, we have centers. During the Centers portion of our class, the students break up into groups to play different games. Games are chosen based on which skill is being targeted that day. The games provide an opportunity to reinforce the skills we've learned in a less structured environment. During Centers, teachers take a step back to observe student interactions and each individual’s ability to get along with peers, explain rules, and demonstrate patience and good sportsmanship. Therapists step in when necessary in order to provide verbal prompts, models or reminders and, at times, to stop situations in the moment in order to analyze and further discuss them with the students.
How do I know what my child is learning?
At the end of each class, therapists write email summaries of sessions highlighting the target skill, activities and games used to reinforce the target skill, specific language used, as well as recommendations for carry-over work to reinforce skills in the child’s natural environment.
Parent-teacher phone conversations are scheduled once per semester.
Can I involve others in this process?
Social City is happy to connect with anyone on your child’s team (ex: teachers, therapists, etc.) about your child’s curriculum and progress.
What is the initial consultation? Why is it necessary?
We meet all students to evaluate their speech, language and social skills, and get to know their interests/hobbies. Initial consultations are informal and are approximately 20-25 minutes long. These meetings allow us to determine the most appropriate setting for your child. Please note, there is a $60 consultation fee.
How do I explain what Social City is to my child?
We suggest framing this as a “hangout” or joining a “club” to meet some new friends outside of their school and improve their friendship/social skills.
What does it cost to attend? How do I pay?
The cost of the 10-class semester for your child depends upon your child’s age. Payment is typically divided into two installments; 60% is due upfront and the remainder halfway through the semester, but we can work out individual payment plans. We can also provide receipts, at the end of the semester, which you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement. We have included the codes below if you would like to check with your insurance company in advance.
Will my insurance cover my child’s attendance at Social City?
Coverage varies depending on your particular insurance plan and benefits. In order to help with the process, we can provide receipts at the end of the semester, which you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement. The CPT code is 92508 (speech-language therapy; group setting). We typically bill using the ICD-10 diagnosis code F80.2 (mixed receptive/expressive language disorder), F80.9 (developmental disorder of speech and language, unspecified), F80.82 (social pragmatic communication disorder) but we can use a different diagnosis code as long as it falls within our scope of practice (speech-language pathology).