Social Communication Issues

There are four different professionals who work with children with social issues:
For Social Development therapy led by Licensed Social Worker or Psychologist, see the Groups listed below.
For Social Pragmatics therapy led by Speech Language Pathologist, visit our Social Pragmatic web page.
For information on Behavioral Therapy, led by Behavioral Specialist, visit our Behavior web pages: ABA, FBA, BMP, or Behavior Specialist.

Licensed Social Worker


Speech Language Pathologist

Behavioral Specialist

Local Social Development Groups

While each of the following professionals comes recommended by at least three SPED PAC members, we cannot in any way guarantee the result. It is important to check their references, review their credentials, and interview them to understand whether their skills and approach are a good fit for your child.

Having training group leader is key.  School professionals can attend classes or hirer an outside consultant.

Groups can be formal and informal group (such as lunch groups).

The Academy's have a Licensed Social Worker or clinical Psychologist as the group leader.
The groups are larger (< 15), take place in a gym, students learn about listening to rules and  playing with a larger group.
These professionals can also be hired as consultant to schools.

Triumph Center
(was formaly known Academy North from 1989 - 2010)
36 Woburn Street
Reading, MA  01867
This is their main office and they have locations in Danvers and right next door in Lexington.

Academy Metro West
9 Tech Circle 
Natick, MA  01760 

Academy of Physical and Social Development
425R Watertown Street 
Newton, MA 


At The Dana Groups have a group of psychologist leading their groups (because of this leader, check with your insurance company for coverage of this service). These are smaller groups (< 8) they also do group actives, discuss feelings with the students and getting along with others. 

Dana Group Association.
10 Chestnut Street 
Needham, MA  02492 
781- 449-1143


YouthCare Social Skill Groups holds groups throughout the school year focusing on social pragmatic skills that support social success for children.  In particular, they focus on helping children to develop social and interpersonal relationships through self-awareness, social skill enhancement, and social thinking in a therapeutic, relationship-based environment.  Social skill groups ration is 1:5, and
serve children ages 5 - 16 with social cognitive challenges.
Massachusetts General Hospital
15 Green Street, Third Floor
Charlestown, MA 02129

Dr. Scott McLeod, Youth Care Executive Director
47A River Street, Suite A200
Wellesley, MA 02481

For a list of their staff:


Teens Groups:
After school social skills groups in Concord / Lexington, area.
Contact Denise Grenier, Master of Soical Worker (MSW),
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Certified Specialist
3 Clematis Road
Lexington, MA 02421


Groups for preschool through high school:
Linda Price & Associates, LLC.
Linda Price M.Ed., C.A.G.S.
Licensed Educational Psychologist in MA and a Certified School Psychologist in MA & NH
229 Billerica Road
Chelmsford, MA  01824

AANE has a list of social groups in our state and out state word document

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School Wide Social Skill Curriculums:

Having a total school commitment for the approach and vocabulary for dealing with social issues is key for the success of these programs.

Skillstreaming the Elementary and Adolescent School Child
(grades 2-5) and (grades 6-12)
and Skillstreaming in Early Childhood
(Preschool - Grade 1)

Second Step, STEPS to Respect
(grades K-5)

(middle school, grades 6-8)

Open Circle Competency Program
(grades K-5)

Bullies to Buddies
Is a Bullying prevention program that teaches how to end bullying at school and in the home.

The Don't Laugh at Me (DLAM)
A school curriculum with: guide, pre-and-post implementation questionnaires and a CD and video for both schools and summer camps.
(grades 2-5) and (grades 6-8)

School wide social curriculum:
List of Social Communication websites

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One of our original Concord SPED PAC webpages, created October 30, 2003 , by Melody Orfei
Webpage last modified on September 16, 2014  V17, by Melody Orfei