Rubycube Social provides cognitive and communication therapy services to individuals of all ages. The focus of therapy is to develop receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language in a supportive setting, through dynamic relationships with an individual’s therapist and his or her peers. Services may be provided in group format or on a 1:1 individual basis, based on need, availability and clinical indication.

Group and individual treatment sessions will target the following areas:
• social attention
• perspective taking
• emotional regulation
• social problem solving
• narrative skills
• parent/caregiver education and support, including but not limited to a 10-minute wrap up with parents at the end of the session

The sessions are individualized to the individual’s needs and are based on the teachings and concepts of Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking methodology (www.socialthinking.com).

Why focus on social communication?
In this day and age, so much focus is given to a child’s academic development. While academic development is important, many children lack the foundational skills to participate in and benefit from an academic, group-learning setting. Social communication deficits cut across the “alphabet soup” of today’s pediatric diagnoses (OCD, ADHD, ADD, ASD, SPD) and may even be present without a formal diagnostic label. Children with social learning challenges are at particular risk for behavioral and academic challenges, as social language is the primary modality through which students access the curriculum.

In simple terms, in today’s classroom, students have to rely on their social awareness and language to do the following:
• figure out what the assignments are
• know which information is a priority at any given moment
• work in groups on projects
• meet deadlines
• know how to study and plan
• understand the perspectives of characters in narrative text
• understand how to read expository (information-based) text

Social settings are equally complex, requiring a person to constantly self-regulate and adjust his or her actions and words to accommodate the group.

The good news is that, with the appropriate supports and interventions, a person can improve his or her social cognitive skills.

What to expect from treatment:
• 60 minute small-group or individual treatment sessions, with parent wrap-up
• creative, play-based and cutting-edge approaches to teaching social communication
• the expectation that a student will practice what she/he learns in the session
• group activities that are engaging and thought-provoking
• ongoing group projects
• communication with parents on specific goals and recommendations

How do I schedule my child?
Please call Jennifer Minnelli at (919) 491-1000 to schedule an intake conversation and receive an application. The initial conversation will be 30 minutes at no cost and involve a review of the child's strengths and areas of challenge for the purpose of determining group or individual placement.

Questions? Email Jennifer at .