for developing social skills
"One of the Finest Private Special Education Schools in
- Your child may not understand the social norms and
rules that come more naturally to other children. Provide clear
explanations of why certain behaviors are expected, and teach rules for
- Encourage your child to learn how to interact with
people and what to do when spoken to, and explain why it is important.
Give lots of praise, especially when he or she uses a social skill without
- Practice activities, such as games or question-and-answer
sessions, that call for taking turns or putting yourself in the other
- Help your child understand others' feelings by
role-playing and watching and discussing human behaviors seen in movies or
on television. Provide a model for your child by telling him or her about
your own feelings and reactions to those feelings.
- Teach your child how to read and respond appropriately
to social cues. Give him or her "stock" phrases to use in
various social situations, such as when being introduced. You can also
teach your child how to interact by role-playing.
- Foster involvement with others, especially if your
child tends to be a loner.
- Teach your child about public and private places, so
that he or she learns what is appropriate in both circumstances. For
example, hugging may not be appropriate at school but is usually fine at
Located in beautiful Silicon Valley with a 39 year history of
Remarkable Success in working with Students Challenged with Learning
Disabilities as well as Aspergers, Autism with related emotional disabilities
and/or behavioral issues.
Second Start's Day Schools and unique programs have
a documented success rate of over 73% in being able to successfully integrate
challenged students back into our Public School Systems after only two years in
one of our programs.
Second Start is a nonprofit organization that provides specialized academic,
transitional, and/or therapeutic services to disadvantaged, at risk children
and young adults who are challenged by learning and social or emotional
differences. Second Start is committed to helping children become successful.
We strive to implement a quality education with an individualized component
for students who have been unable to have their needs met in other educational
Second Start Learning Disabilities Programs Inc., Proudly Announces the
unanimous selection of their next Executive Director.
San Jose, CA – September 2, 2014
-- Second Start 's Board of Directors is pleased to announce the promotion of
their Chief Operations Officer: Tara
Bevington as the next Executive Director.
Ms. Bevington has worked her way up through
the ranks, from part-time Human Resources Specialist to Controller and then to
Chief Operations Officer. Her leadership and management skills have been not
just obvious but outstanding. "Her skills and guidance has been integral
to the growth and stability of the organization", stated retiring Executive Director, L.E.
Boydston. "Her ability to relate to staff, students and parents transcend
just normal leadership and managerial skills. She has a genuine passion for the
organization's mission and empathy, which is demonstrated by her dedication and
determination to ensure all students, at need, have access to Second Start's
nationally and internationally recognized programs!"
Executive Director search began in fall of 2013. From across the country Second
Start search committee received over 60 outstanding resumes submitted by candidates
with remarkable skills and experience. The most qualified were contacted with the
specifics of the position. The best of the candidates were vetted and then interviewed
either in person or by video conferencing. The resulting top candidates were
then interviewed personally.
this outstanding field, Ms. Bevington's leadership skills, managerial abilities
and professionalism clearly distinguished herself as the natural choice. To the
delight of the Board of Director's, she accepted the offered five year contract
which begins this fall semester.
Start has grown by developing new programs and schools both in California and
Nevada. The Board of Director's focus is on a continuing strategic operational
plan to expand. This growth is not only to meet the need of their clients, but
to provide a nurturing growth path for their employees. Ms Bevington's
promotion to Executive Director is a perfect example of the amazing skill level
and expertise of Second Start employees!