#026: Tips for Success with Social Language Groups

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In this episode, I got to sit down with the incredibly knowledgable Dr. Anna Vagin, an SLP with a private practice in California. She provides individual sessions and social learning groups to children, young adults, and their families, and is the author of Movie Time Social Learning (2012) and YouCue Feelings: Using Online Videos for Social Learning (2015).

We’ve gotten so many questions about social language groups, so I was super excited when Anna agreed to this interview. I know she’ll be the perfect person to break this all down for us.

Anna’s expertise is working with students who have diagnoses ranging from ASD, ADHD, NVLD, anxiety disorder, language disorders, and social communication disorders.

She has a wealth of experience to draw from, and I learned so much about getting the most out of working with these students in mixed groups. I hope you learn a ton too!! 🤓

So grab your beverage of choice (I’ll have a green tea!), get cozy, and listen in.

Key Takeaways

– What led Anna to specialize in social language
– How to group students effectively, making sure all group members are able to “give” and “get”
– Creating groups when students display challenging behavior
– Effectively using visuals in your groups
– Behavior expectations
– Feeling trackers and fixers
– Favorite games for social language groups
– Setting up groups for behavioral management success
– Incorporating explicit teaching of social concepts
– Our favorite activities for mixed groups
– Tips + strategies for monitoring progress in social groups

Links Mentioned in the Podcast

Movie Time Social Learning
YouCue Feelings: Using Online Videos for Social Learning
Sarah Ward: The queen of executive function
Mole Rats in Space
Ice Cool
Sushi Go
Michelle Garcia Winner’s Thinkables and Unthinkables
Story Grammar Marker
Game Changer
Soar by Alyce Tzue

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Hi there! I'm Marisha. I am a school-based SLP who is all about working smarter, not harder. I created the SLP Now Membership and love sharing tips and tricks to help you save time so you can focus on what matters most--your students AND yourself.

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