Let's Get Social

For many of us social interactions come naturally. We use our social thinking skills each and every day from sending an email to a friend or coworker, to greeting people in a classroom or the grocery store. This process of social thinking occurs each time we interact with others - simply stated, we think about them!

As world renowned social speech language therapist, Michelle Garcia Winner writes on her website, "how we think about people affects how we behave, which in turn affects how others respond to us, which in turn affects our own emotions." It is with this thought process in mind that Sound helps foster social thinking and social communication in Social Skills Groups

We can think of social development as a heiarchy of skills, building upon one another from birth. 

Building blocks of typical preschool social development. One layer builds upon the next, resulting in a fully functional and flexible kindergarten-ready child, armed with the social thinking and social processing skills needed to play with other children and learn in a group. (c) Think Social Publishing, Inc.

Building blocks of typical preschool social development. One layer builds upon the next, resulting in a fully functional and flexible kindergarten-ready child, armed with the social thinking and social processing skills needed to play with other children and learn in a group. (c) Think Social Publishing, Inc.


Social skills are like any other skill - they can be learned. Groups offer children and adults a safe, supportive environment to learn, interact, and grow among their peers. Sessions are built around the framework of Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking curriculum, allowing individuals the opportunity to expand their social knowledge through play, conversation, social coaching, and role playing.

Social skills emerge over time in natural development, and for some need an additional booster through specific instruction.

Small groups are goal oriented and fun! Sessions focus on:

  • Developing social communication skills
  • Learning how to read and adapt to social cues
  • Building and maintaining friendships
  • Understanding and handling emotions
  • Understanding how behaviors affect the way others perceive and respond

To get social with Sound’s small group sessions, email us today!


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Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!