Research Based

Our programs are created by Dr. Lavi, the author of the Clinical Assessment of Pragmatics Test (CAPs). All our intervention programs undergo research based validation with various clinical groups such as with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Communication Disorder, Emotional Disturbance and Intellectual Disability

For All School Ages

The Social Skills Squad program is designed for students between the ages of 7 and 21. The beginner treatment folder is recommended for younger children aged 7 to 12;11. The advanced student treatment is recommended for older students between the ages of 13 and 21.

Peer Mentored

The Social Skills Squad program uses a peer-mentored approach to teaching and modeling appropriate social skills and social language. In this program, typically developing students act as mentors to explain in easily accessible language what went wrong in various social situations and explain how the concept of social mind and big heart can help imporve social skills and make new friends.

Our Programs: Research and Development

The Video Learning Squad programs are developed by the Lavi Institute under the guidance of Dr. Lavi. The Lavi Institute conducts research in development of reliable and valid standardized and informal assessment tools to address the needs of children and young adults with communication disorders. Our programs are first field-tested, validated and then made available for clinical use. Please visit the Lavi Institute website to learn more about our research and to read our peer-reviewed articles and technical reports. The Social Skills Squad program has been clinically used and field-tested with children and teens (between the ages of 7 and 18) with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Social Communication Disorder (SCD) or pragmatic language impairment, Emotional Disturbance (ED) and Intellectual Disability (ID)

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Features of the Social Skills Squad Program

We currently offer a 30-day free trial of our social skills and pragmatic language program. To sign up please choose the "30 day trial Social Skills Squad Program" option above.

This program uses the authenticity of real-life social situations to teach and obtain the most naturalistic responses through an interactive and fun therapeutic technique. It uses videos as a powerful and prolific therapy tool that is both effective and easy.

This program focuses on teaching how to read and use facial expressions and vocal inflections, using visual bombardment, selfies and role-plays

It is a rule based program that focuses on 2 key concepts: big heart and social mind.  Big heart refers to an individual’s ability to understand, be supportive and demonstrate mindfullness and empathy.  Social mind refers to an individual’s ability to read and detect social cues. 

What Our SLPs Have to Say

"I finally found a product that many of my high school students across a diverse population of disabilities can benefit from in the area of social skills therapy. These hands on videos teach a variety of social skills using actual video footage the students can listen to, watch and interpret instead of looking at a 2-dimensional photo card that is flat. I highly recommend this product due to its functionality for social therapy and it's usefulness across ages, especially high school."
Andrea Grout, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
What a lifesaver! I’m always struggling to find practical materials for my pragmatics groups. There are only so many times I can read out hypothetical situations or role play. This program really makes the concepts easy to understand for my students. They watch the situations unfold and have a better understanding of how to interpret facial expressions and vocal intonations. It’s just been such a great addition to my arsenal of therapy materials. Plus (and most importantly), it’s research based! Thank you for this product!
Michelle Santiago, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
“I absolutely love this program. Not only is it research based, it is also prep-free and the biggest time saver"
Alexa Mazurek, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
"The Social Skills Squad program is great because it’s easy to use and it teaches students how to detect and use facial expressions and vocal inflections. Eye contact is often addressed in pragmatic language therapy, however, other key nonverbal details have been left out… until now! This program also demonstrates real life scenarios and utilizes peer modeling. On top of all the therapeutic benefits, my students love the use of videos/technology during their speech visits – I give it a 10/10!"
Charlotte Granitto, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
"An effective, research-based social skills program that is easy to use! A must-have resource for all SLPs! "
Helena Pelayo, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
"I love how much time this video program saves! It's so easy to use and saves hours of prep time. Perfect for my social communication groups!"
Alyssa Dixon, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

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