What will my child receive
Your child will receive Social Pragmatics
skills instruction in a small group setting.
Boston College and
ADePT Model: What Good Social Communicators Do
Seeking 10–11 Year Olds
Boston College and Needing to Develop
Northeastern University Proficiency in Social Pragmatic
Researchers Language Skills
(Including those with Asperger
Seeking 10–11 Year Olds Syndrome, High Functioning Autism,
Needing to Develop Learning Disabilities, PDD-NOS)
Proficiency in Social Pragmatic
• Based on a conceptual model of what Language Skills Research Project to Validate
good social communicators do and (Including those with Asperger
how they do it. An Innovative Social Pragmatic
Syndrome, High Functioning Autism,
Language Skills Curriculum
• Centered around four forms of Learning Disabilities, PDD-NOS)
discourse that are used to establish • Previously tested pragmatic skills
and maintain relationships. instructional model & curriculum
For further information and/or • Group instruction and learning activities
• Four forms of discourse that are entry
to apply, please contact:
points to mastering foundational and • Has been validated with children
advanced/critical pragmatic skills. Tel: 617.552.6209 (7-9 yr. olds)
• Metacognition (thinking about • 12-14 clinic sessions to be held
thinking) component – teaching January – May 2010
students strategies to navigate and
think about social situations. • 90 min. Saturday morning clinic sessions
will be held in The Fenway (Boston) area
• Parent involvement required
What are the instructional • Participate in study that may inform • If randomly selected, parent(s) will
practices the model is built on? researchers and practitioners on what participate in a total of up to 8 classes
The social skills model is built on instructional works for social skills intervention. and a debriefing session.
practices that research has shown to be • Participate in study that adds to Speech • Parents not randomly selected will have
effective for learning: and Language profession knowledge the option of receiving the same training
• Small group instruction. base and possibly indirectly benefits at the end of the study.
• Intensive skill instruction. • Child will participate in 1 follow-up
group session in September 2010
• Lessons made relevant to the children. (Saturday morning).
• Multiple opportunities for practice. • Parent(s) agrees to complete a follow-up
• Child birth date between December 31,
• Focuses on combining basic questionnaire and interview in
1998 – January 1, 2000.
(voice, volume and intonation) and September 2010.
advanced/critical (e.g., turn taking, • No more than 2 years out of grade
maintaining and changing a topic) placement.
pragmatic skills. • Diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome, Fragile
• Opportunity for your child to participate
• Opportunities for parents to observe X, High Functioning Autism, Learning
in exciting social skills intervention.
their child’s sessions. Disability, PDD-NOS or similar condition.
(Children without a diagnosis may be • Tuition-free!
• Engaging students in learning.
placed on a waiting list for possible
• Parent training to support parents in
• Using humor — Making the groups FUN!!! inclusion.)
fostering social skills improvement in
• Child able to: verbally participate in their children.
reciprocal communication, communicate
What are the benefits of my child • Groups held in Boston (Fenway area) –
using complete sentences, participate in
and me participating in the study? convenient by car and public
sessions with appropriate behavior.
transportation. Parking available.
• Child receives social skills instruction • Child must be English language
free of charge. • This is a research study approved by
Boston College and Northeastern
• Regular group of peers outside of • Full Scale IQ score (FSIQ) 80 or above University.
school for your child to socialize with. (tested at least by 1/1/2007).
• Parent observation. • Parent consent, and child assent, for Where and how do I sign up?
• Half of parents randomly selected for child to participate in study. For further information and/or to apply,
additional parent training/support. • Parent(s) consent to participate in please contact:
• Opportunity for other parents to receive companion study (if randomly selected). Tel: 617.552.6209
support/training at conclusion of intervention. Email: email@example.com