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Function Therapy
For Ages 12 - 27
One on one or small group w/parent coaching, in home training, classroom continuity)

  What is
Nonverbal Learning Disorder?


It only takes a <social> moment to understand many things about people in your work and social life, for example: It only takes a moment to… …know if you want to hang with a person …know if you are well matched with a team …know if you are the right hire for the job… …know if you want someone on your team …know if you are a powerhouse or powerless …know if someone likes you …know if you are open or rigid …know if you are empathetic …know if you are a ‘team player’ …know if you are manageable …know if you are sincere …know if you are fun to “hang” with …know if you’ll have my back …know if you are earnest/honest …know if you are going to be difficult …know if you need to be ‘managed’ …know if you are high or low on EQ …know if you have a good disposition or not …know if you are in a good or grumpy mood …know if it’s a good time

It's A Visual World©
Social KueCards©

Social KueCards© are visual supports to help generalize skills learned in therapy. KueCards
$49.95 for 54 cards (tarot size.) Please email:

with "Order" in the email. Got a Gifted Kiddo? Understand how to teach the skills needed for successful social, problem solving & organizational balance. Join Talking Playhouse

“Learning The Language of Autism”

Parent Training
Schedule to be announced in September starting in October
• Positive Discipline & Asperger’s”
• Working with a Behavorist”
• Maximizing a Play Date”
• How to Ensure a Successful Birthday Party”
• Coping Skills for the Holidays”
• 5 Easy Pieces: Demystifying Asperger’s”

Club Playhouse Opens
Preschool thru Teens

Playhouse Theater Games
Enhances Social Skills!


A Place for Social Learning, Executive Function/Organizational

Skills, Pragmatic Language & Written Expression


Summer 2017 Social Skills Groups and Individual Classes, Executive Function Therapy, Writing (with an emphasis on social cognition, visualization, storytelling and EF organization) & College Apps, Summer Classes


Executive Function skills are best taught in real world activities. One of the best I’ve found is the college app process. If you are looking for support for your Junior, please email info@talkingplayhouse.com

Times/Days: Arranged according to mutual schedule availability.

See below for past summer classes to get a feel for different themes. This summer all classes custom tailored to your kiddo's interests and needs.



Please email info@talkingplayhouse with "Fall 2015" in the subject



Social groups, Executive Function/organizational groups (ORGANIZATIONAL LIFE©), pragmatic language therapy, written expression therapy and parent coaching.

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***NEW ADDRESS: 155 Birch St., Redwood City 94062 (near Sequoia High School) 

SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS (Children & Adults)

Please see below regarding new client information. Then email "info@talkingplayhouse" with "Meet & Greet" in the title of your email with the information requested below. Please see below for descriptions of past therapeutic-based groups.


Did you know that 'Social Learning' also includes Executive Functioning? Whether it's choreography of the social encounter or getting systems organized for homework, activities of daily living, etc., it's all about organizing the brain!  "EF Coach" is for parents and/or students. For more information please email: info@talkingplayhouse.com.

College Classes at CSM

  • Overcoming ADD/ADHD in the Workplace
  • Help Your Socially Awkward, Super Brain Employee’s Work Performance & Create Cooperative Team Behavior
  • Climb the Corporate Ladder by Developing Social/Emotional Competencies: Become a Successful Team Member
  • Couples Communication: Top 10 Best Practices for Successful Communication with your Partner
  • Improve Your Social E.Q.
  • See http://communityed.smccd.edu/ under professional/personal development for more details.
  • Dealing with Difficult People


Have you or your child been tested in the last three years? Testing includes expressive & receptive language, social thinking and social emotional behavior (including self regulation & problem solving), social & figurative language, writing, reading nonverbal cues and situations, auditory processing, understanding how we visualize to help with working memory & concepts for writing, executive functioning, teacher and parent interviews, goal development and how to be more successful with parenting and teaching that best suits your child's brain and learning styles.  Please email info@talkingplayhouse.com for an appointment.


For students and adults with content development, pragmatic language and perspective taking challenges.

By appointment with 3 students max. (Ages: Entering 4 th grade through Adulthood-grouped according to age/ability.)

INSPIRATION SOFTWARE WORKSHOP COMING SOON in tandem with our Educational Therapist partner to understand how to think with organization that facilitates visualizing and ultimately writing and social choreography.  (Stand by for dates and description.)


Often times children and adults with social cognitive challenges will have difficulty with visualizing either during reading (characters, settings, social scenarios) which translate to their challenges in writing and social engagements. We will use specific techniques, customized for students with abstract thinking and executive function challenges, to comprehend more of what they read in order to facilitate their writing and conversation. Visual tools are used and curriculum is specifically designed to understand these challenges and guide students systematically through the process of abstract thinking and reasoning.

Please email: info@talkingplayhouse for more info.


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  • Transition from High School to College to Adulthood.
  • How do I Manage the Classroom for Success with My Child?
  • Using Imagery to Successfully Change the Social Brain!
  • Adults: Making Life Easier (Social, Organization & Cognitive)
  • Sibling Therapy: Orchestrating Complicated Dynamics.
  • IEP Strategies for Success: Beyond the First Encounter.
  • What Does Multi-modal Learning Mean in Our Everyday Life & Systems?
  • Organized Systems that Work! (Logistical and Cognitive.)
  • Explaining to Your Child What Their Learning Difference Means.
  • Accomplishing Homework and Planning without Tears.
  • What's In Store that I can be Proactive About?
  • Writing: Why doesn't My Child Write More?
  • Getting Assistance & Support at Your IEP!

Schedules are subject to change, please mail for schedule updates:


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If you are a new client, please make a 30 min."meet & greet" appointment.  See blue registration grid at bottom.

Please see below for registration process and classes offered.

How to develop new pathways in the brain when certain areas appear underdeveloped is a complicated and tedious road to hoe and yet it is one of the most life-rewarding efforts one can embark on. It takes courage, willingness, indefatigable effort, patience, and an inordinate amount of time and tenacity to help the brain change itself.

According to brain fitness expert and neuroscientist (widely seen on public television) Dr. Michael Merzenich, "Brain Plasticity" refers to the brain's ability to change…the brain is not static; that it responds to circumstances, and to new learning...." He purports there are science-based guidelines for choosing daily activities that are likely to engage the brain for positive change." Dr. Norman Doidge, author of "The Brain that Changes Itself" says "… It (the brain) doesn't simply learn; it is always 'learning how to learn.'"

Evidence-based practice for over 25 years in autism has led me to understand that this is true. While I pull from a variety of resources to exercise and develop the social brain (some are listed below), the real change results are in the consistent and daily practice of a multi-modal approach--largely executed by parents with their child.

The weekly sessions allow the lesson plan to be taught to the students in my groups with an emphasis in social project based learning whenever possible. The Parent Training is designed to give parents the tools to use daily for practice so that the information is shifting, beyond the superficial level of 'talking and knowing' of working memory into 'social participation' to transition into the long-term memory of the Hippocampus -- for generalization.

A brief overview of goals at the Playhouse will help you to understand the current practices to change your child's social trajectory by helping the brain learn and change itself.

  • Enhancing the brain for social interaction.
  • Organizing the brain for time management, homework, school, physical environment, schedules (dressing, etc.)
  • Developing Executive Functions for sequencing, impulse control, memory, problem solving, decision making, categorizing things, follow complex directions, & associative memory.
  • Creating compensatory visual tools for coping with challenging areas.
  • Using problem solving systems for managing conflict and resolution.
  • Understanding accurate perceptions from information we receive and how to use them during engagement.
  • Utilizing pragmatic language from idioms to abstract reasoning.
  • Making sense out of an implicit world of inconsistent rules.
  • Understanding hidden social rules and agendas.
  • Exercising the various areas of the brain to enhance cohesive thought and action.
  • Reading nonverbal cues in our environment.
  • Understanding the space and bodies around us and how to navigate accordingly.
  • Utilizing voice modulation (tone, volume, pitch) to garner positive impressions.
  • Sharpening predictive skills.
  • Monitoring our own behavior for awareness and change.
  • Exercising flexibility in thought and practice.
  • Adjusting our lenses: changing behavior based on reading the social cues -- verbal, nonverbal and vocal tone.
  • Using verbalizing to build visual images to aid in gestalt thinking, perceptions, sequencing, writing development and social interactions.
  • Moving knowledge from working memory to long-term memory.
  • Acting and theatrical games to carve deeper memory pathways stored in the amygdala and hippocampus.
  • Storytelling to make connections to past experiences and enhance storage of new social information.
  • Focusing on emotions: reading (nonverbal), responding (language), and exhibiting (facial expressions and gestures,etc.)
  • Creating positive discipline behavioral systems that work at home and school.
  • Reinforcing expected behavioral techniques with visual cue cards (It's a Visual World© KueKards copyright The Talking Playhouse.)

NEW CLIENTS: If you are a new client, please make a 30 min."meet & greet" appointment email: info@talkingplayhouse.com

All classes are conducted by a therapist with specialization in Social Cognitive Therapy.

Samples of Classes (past)
TITLE AGE Description


email for schedule
**grouped according to availability   

min. 10 days


   (grouped within 24
     months of age.)
**NEW (classes will be broken out by age) 

Mixing Carol Dweck's "Mindset" (growth mindset) methods including her new software program "Brainology" to help students, 2nd grade and thru high school, understand how to change and create social brains for social interactions. This course is designed to empower students with the tools to understand how they have the power to change their own behaviors.

email for schedule

**grouped according to availability

min. 10 days



Through a series of fun games and real life anecdotal social stories, we will be teaching students how to deal with a variety of problem-solutions scenarios and give the toolkit necessary to productively use language to solve problems with peers and siblings.

Helloooooooo Hollywood:

Movie Making & Playhouse Theater Games-

2 weeks
(flex scheduling)
email for schedule,
plz. include your black out dates
(min. 10 days)


Theater Games inspired by the greats from Showbiz, including transformational and sensory games to bring out empathy and perspective taking not to mention getting your child in touch with how they can use their voice, body, mannerisms, etc. to become an actor with different personality traits.

The connection between acting and understanding the social perspective has been widely written about. PLAYHOUSE THEATER GAMES track includes movie making to facilitate in observations of social behavior and to give your child a sense of artistic exploration.


Enhance image memory, writing & abstract thinking.

This is a "must take" course for students with imagery, abstract thinking & Executive Functioning challenges.

  10 sessions minimum

email for schedule


This course focuses on setting up, or fine tuning strategies & systems for organizing the student at school. We will build executive functioning skills re: time management, sequencing, navigating the big picture (gestalt thinking), and identifying how to solve the organizational challenges. Limited to 6 students. 

Parent Training included. 

If you are interested in a 2-week-long intensive v. 1x all summer, plz. indicate.


Flex Scheduling

(min. 10 days)


"Writing Sensibilities" is a workshop to help students become competent, happy writers and better social partners. We will use specific techniques, customized for students with abstract thinking and EF challenges, to comprehend more of what they read in order to facilitate their writing and conversation. Our visual tools are specifically designed to understand these challenges and to guide students systematically through the laborious process of abstract thinking and reasoning.

Our goal is to improve the executive functioning and abstract thinking processes needed to produce written work successfully. We will use tools such as Inspiration© software, customized visual webs created specifically for the mind that is challenged by abstract and organizational thinking. The concepts taught in this course will help students with their Executive Functioning skills--a suite of cognitive abilities needed to improve social skills, conversational skills, reading, writing and expressive language.

Price varies depending upon group size

If you are interested in a 2-week-long intensive v. 1x all summer, plz. indicate.

Lindamood-Bell® Visualizing & Verbalizing®
min. 10 days

Growing The 
Social Brain:

Pre-School Intensive

Includes Kinder-Readiness

Parent Training:

How To Facilitate Playdates All Summer To Enhance Kindergarten Readiness Skills

How To Work With Teachers To Maximize Social School Success.

min. 10 days

Ages: 4- 5.5

**now grouped
according to availability

Growing the Social Brain:

Pre-School Intensive

Includes Kinder-Readiness

Parent Training:How To Facilitate Playdates All Summer To Enhance Kindergarten Readiness Skills

How To Work With Teachers To Maximize Social School Success.

Social Skills Play, Games & Building This is a discovery & continuing course for those that want more in social engagement using structured play. Students will learn the fundamentals of Social Thinking© Michelle Garcia Winner© vocabulary, RDI©, problem-solving strategies and other related social skills methodologies to build an arsenal of pragmatic language, behaviors and systems to better navigate their social world.

Parent Training is designed to give parents a crash course in perspective taking vocabulary and positive parenting practices to achieve social success. It will include an overview of information to ensure school success and a sneak peek into challenges down the road both, academically and socially. We will demystification many of the areas related to social cognitive challenges.

Growing The
Social Brain:

Preparing for the new school year

Ages: 6-7
**now grouping
according to availability
(min. 10 days)

Students will learn the key "Social Thinking©" social language from Michelle G.  Winner's program to build perspective taking skills and problem solving techniques.

This intensive parent training program for school and home is designed to create tools that help you achieve target behaviors successfully. 

Parents will learn how to use positive parenting discipline skills with "Social Thinking©" language to improve their child's self esteem and obtain goal behaviors. We will give you a sneak peek into challenges down the road, both academically and socially for kindergarten and first grade as well as general demystification of areas related to social cognitive challenges.

Parent Training included.


New families: If you are a new family, please make a “meet and greet” appointment   in order to find the best match for your child. There are three semesters at the Playhouse Fall (starts mid September, Winter -- starts mid January, and Summer. Children are enrolled mid semester based on availability so always check in because there may be room.  Please include in the subject of your first email "Meet & Greet" and send in the following information: Your child's name, age, school, diagnosis if any, current expressive language abilities, current support services or any previous social skills, writing and/or executive function therapy.

Summer is a popular time at the Playhouse largely because we cover so much in a short amount of time to help families prepare for the next school year’s social and academic challenges so be sure to check in early.

Please note that class enrollment is based on a first come first served basis and compatible matching; size of group is limited. All deposits are non-refundable. The website will post "early registration" deadlines for each of three semesters: Summer, Fall & Winter. If you send in your check after that the date posted, there will be an additional $150.00 late fee.*****

There is one makeup for a class missed (only), no refunds or rescheduling for more than one day missed for the social group sessions. Cancellations for private/dyad/evaluations sessions require a 24 hour notice. Please send an email if your child is not able to attend a session.

    The Talking Playhouse is ‘A Place for Social Learning' for speech and language therapy services with an emphasis in Social Skills or, what we call in the vernacular, Social Pragmatic Language. While we emphasize Social Skills, we also provide traditional speech and language services for articulation, voice, fluency and language.

    We are committed to helping change your child's social language destiny with early intervention to set the stage for future communication. Social awareness and the language needed to foster it , is at the focal point of our program. It is not an instinctive ability for many of the children we see. We are dedicated to providing a fun, creative, humor-driven environment that children from preschool age to late teens enjoy participating in.

    Every child has something to communicate yet many of them do not have the framework to communicate what they need. We focus on pro-social behavioral intervention and positive redirection to help reduce the frustration and difficulty that is often accompanied with communication difficulty.

    We believe in the interdisciplinary team approach and therefore provide related services in occupational therapy, physical therapy, behavioral intervention, art and music therapy and psychology services.

    * The Talking Playhouse is NOT Lindamood-Bell(r) Learning Processes nor is it affiliated with, certified, endorsed, licensed, monitored  or sponsored by Lindamood-Bell, Nanci Bell, Phyllis Lindamood or Pat Lindamood. Lindamood-Bell - an international organization creating and implementing unique instructional methods and programs for qualilty intervention to advance language and literacy skills -in no way endorses or monitors the services provided by The Talking Playhouse.