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Social language mini groups for children with Stacey Misko


Stacey loves working with autistic people of all ages, including those whose attention challenges or anxiety affect their ability to communicate. She also enjoys working with individuals with apraxia and phonology. Stacey’s experience includes various populations including brain injury. Stacey has worked in rural and Northern Manitoba, including many years serving First Nations communities through MFNERC. Currently she delivers services via telehealth to Northern Communities involved in a special telehealth project with SpeechWorks Inc. In 1997 Stacey earned her BA in Linguistics and Psychology from the University of Manitoba. She went on to complete a year at the University of North Dakota before completing her MSc in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2001. Stacey is actively involved in the autism community. She founded the Friending Facebook group, where individuals with social challenges can support each other. She is actively involved with the Family Advocacy Network.Does your child have trouble making and keeping friends? Do they get bullied? Or not “get” what other kids their age do? Do they seem awkward when approaching or talking to other kids?

In this program your child will learn the art of friendship. This group (just 2 participants with a Speech-Language Pathologist) is designed just for them.

We start with a one-on-one session. The Speech-Language Pathologist meets with you and your child, and gets to know your child’s needs, strengths and interests. We identify target areas and match your child with someone similar.

The next 4 sessions prepare the children for an outing. We develop a Social Story together, and also use direct teaching, coaching, role plays, video modelling and lots of practice! With older children, we explore why certain social norms exist. We go beyond role plays to explore not only what we expect to happen, but the “what if’s.”

The final session will take place at a location of the childrens’ choice in the community! Time to put our new skills to use!

Your child will take home the social story that we make. Parents will be given tips on how to reinforce and practice skills, so that children develop social competence that they can use at home, at school, and in the community.

We will find times that work for you! Five 1-hour sessions plus a final outing.

$400 (paid up front) for 5 weeks during the summer plus a final outing
(or $220 before session 1 and $200 before session 4).
* The one-on-one session is $150 for new clients. We apply the $150 towards the group fee if you attend the group.

Check your insurance to see if Speech-Language Pathology services are covered.