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 Strategies for developing social skills
  • 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 those behaviors.
  • 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 prompting.
  • Practice activities, such as games or question-and-answer sessions, that call for taking turns or putting yourself in the other person's place.
  • 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 home.
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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 settings.


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!"

The 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.  

From 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.

Second 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! 

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