At Heartland Social Learning Center, we specialize in providing social skills, language, and executive function therapy and coaching to address challenges in the following areas:
Social Communication / Pragmatic Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders
Executive Function Skills / ADHD
All interventions are individualized and include the use of a wide range of research-based resources in the field of social cognition, language, and executive functioning. Our clinic is dedicated to providing cutting edge therapy and coaching experiences in a safe and supportive environment for people with social learning, language, and executive functioning challenges so they may explore the dynamic process of becoming stronger communicators and personal problem solvers.
Treatment utilizes the Social Thinking® methodology pioneered by speech-language pathologist Michelle G. Winner. Social Thinking® teaches individuals to think about their own thinking, as well as the thoughts of others during play, school, work, and home activities, so they can apply related social skills effectively within the exact moments of interaction.
Individual therapy is provided in our clinic-based setting and is one-on-one with a certified speech-language pathologist to address social cognitive skills and language disorders. When targeting social communication skills, we work to develop social awareness and related cognitive skills so individuals gain a deeper understanding of social constructs.
We always invite parents to be active members of the team and devote time during each session to review new ideas/concepts taught during the session. Our sessions are scheduled for 60 minutes and frequency is determined by the need of each individual and as a team with the client and family.
We offer social skills group therapy sessions. Our social skills groups provide children, teens, and young adults the opportunity to work on social communication skills with peers in a safe, collaborative, and social setting. Throughout the year our therapists will be offering a series of semester-long social groups where clients acquire new skills by breaking down complex social concepts into smaller parts that can be more easily understood and applied in any setting. Groups are carefully selected to match clients based on the level of social mind and needs. Weekly verbal summaries of lessons are provided and a written semester progress summary is provided upon request.
New clients may join a group at any time throughout the year (if available) and are placed according to similar needs and abilities.
Evaluations are required for individual and group therapy. An evaluation is designed to assess a client's skills in the areas of concern. Evaluations typically take 1.5-2 hours and include client and parent interviews, observations, dynamic assessment, and standardized testing measures when necessary. At the end of the session, recommendations will be made and a treatment plan will be formed with the client and family. A written report will be provided to the family following the evaluation.
For clients receiving executive function and/or social coaching services, we do not require an evaluation and will begin with a consultation to identify client concerns and goals and to develop a plan.
Parent & Caregiver Coaching
Parents often find themselves worried about the progress or lack of progress their child is making in school or at home. Parents benefit from the opportunity to ask questions and get answers from an experienced and qualified professional. Coaching is designed to share information related to key social concepts and related skills so parents can confidently support and enrich skills and home and in the community.
Parent coaching is also an excellent option when a child is not ready for direct therapy. Coaching for parents and caregivers of young children is designed to teach important strategies for shaping social communication by developing confidence as the child's social skills model, identifying opportunities for social communication/skills practice within daily routines, and increasing opportunities for practice within play.
We are excited to be able to expand our coaching services to offer executive function skills coaching for teens and adults via video chat. To learn more click here.
It is the philosophy of Heartland Social Learning Center LLC (HSLCLLC) that the highest quality of services and confidentiality be maintained, despite current trends in managed care to place restrictions on reimbursement for speech-language therapy services. Therefore, HSLCLLC does not bill insurance companies directly nor does it act as a participating provider for any insurance plans. There is no guarantee your insurance company will reimburse any or all expenses for direct services. Some insurance companies will work with their members regarding these interventions. You will be provided a statement of services suitable for submission to your insurance company should you choose to request reimbursement. Please remember that reimbursement is a matter between you and your insurance company, so it would be in your best interest to always check with your insurance provider directly for questions concerning coverage. Please access our Out-of-Network Reimbursement Guide here to help determine eligibility for reimbursement.