The Social Diet®: A Socially-Enhanced, Communicatively Based, Developmentally Appropriate Approach for Real Life Learning
What is The Social Diet®?
The Social Diet® is a socially-enhanced, partnered approach for teaching individuals with autism or related disorders how to lead more social and balanced lives.
Happiness does not come from fame or fortune. We believe that people receive the greatest joys in life by having meaningful relationships with others. The mission of The Social Diet® is to provide the education and the tools necessary for individuals, and families to learn how to make life-long social connections that affect our quality of life.
Our holistic approach focuses on (re)building the social/behavioral foundations that are necessary to live a more connected and fulfilling life. We do this in four ways:
1) We use a “socially-enhanced ” model to learning. This means that no matter what skills one is acquiring, they are learned via relationships. Being social is given top priority.
2) We are experts in child development and understand how to immerse children in the kinds of social environments they need to conquer the foundations that form the building blocks of all human interaction.
3) The Social Diet® understands that forming a child is different than educating them. This model is less concerned with teaching academic or factual content, but rather concentrates on what it takes to form a respectful, loving and kind individual whom others want to be with and befriend.
4) We are communication experts who train the adults in our children’s lives why and how becoming aware of their own communication habits has a direct impact on their what their child thinks, how they behave, what they learn and whether or not their children are using their higher level thinking skills that are necessary if their child is ever going to become an independent, problem-solving, flexible thinking adult.