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Information regarding Summer Programs 2016/School Year 2016-17 Programs

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2016-17 School Year Programs

We have 4 programs for ages 6-8, 8-11, 11-3, and 14-18. Students receive a total of 32 to 40 hours of direct intervention, plus parents receive up to 20 hours of support. We target a range of skills, including: effective conversations, emotional control, attentional skills, and productive problem solving as primary areas to address, depending upon the individual student’s needs.

2016 Summer Programs

We have 3 intensive summer programs for students, aged 6-11, 8-13, 14-18. We target the same range of skills as described above, depending upon the individual student’s needs. However, instead of primarily being based in the office as we are during the school year, we go out into the community for a variety of activities while practicing the same skills. Students in our 6-11 and 8-13 year old programs receive 60 hours of intervention; those in our 14-18 year old program receive 40 hours. Parents receive up to 15 hours of support.

All of our programs are based on our treatment model, which is a blend of
social cognition and social modeling, cognitive-behavior, and antecedent-based contingency management theories. Essentially, we identify individual student strengths and use these as models for the other students to notice and practice similar behaviors. This is done in a setting that combines a camp-like atmosphere with structured learning activities. Our most recent 2014 summer data indicated that 93% of families reported their children made at least one major behavior change during during the course of the program.
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Overview of Summer 2016 Program (7 mins)
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  • Detailed description of treatment strategies used
  • Leader qualifications and staffing ratios
  • Procedure for accepting students
  • Referral process
  • Description of sessions
  • Rationale and description of animal-assisted therapy component
  • Parent education and support elements
  • Data from past programs indicating parent ratings of effectiveness
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Parent/Professional Webinar Covering Program Details, Strategies, and Research (55 mins)
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  • Definitions of social skills/program goals
  • Detailed review of areas of focus for students and parents
  • Research from past sessions
  • Types of intervention strategies employed
  • Description of sessions
  • Preview of new parent portal
  • Discussion of parent supports
You can also fill out a contact request by clicking here or call us at 818-788-2100 x2.

In addition to the introductory video above, you may wish to view our “
Frequently Asked Questions,” or FAQS. Use the link on the web menu at the top of this page or click here to access them.

Adult Group Openings

We have three ongoing adult programs, one in WLA and two in Encino.
Click here for more information about these programs. The Encino and West LA programs operate a bit differently from one another. The WLA program meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday in a restaurant from 5-6pm, while the Encino program meets twice monthly for 2.5 hours (office followed by dinner nearby).

Overview of LUNCH Groups®

Started in 2001, LUNCH Groups® is a transdiagnostic time-limited social learning skills program for kids, teens, and adults. It is designed to address the needs of individuals diagnosed with ADHD/ADD, autistic spectrum disorders, social shyness and anxiety, learning disorders, language challenges, and oppositional behavior. We determine initial areas to address via a pre-group assessment.

Using a range of engaging evidence-based strategies and motivating technologies, participants learn to improve their functioning across several key areas. We combine behavior management techniques, cognitive behavior therapy, and social learning theory in our programs. For our children, teens, and Encino Adult Groups, participants spend time in the office practicing a variety of skills required for social success (see below), and go out for either snacks (younger groups) or dinner (tween, teen, and adult groups) to practice social interaction skills in naturalistic settings. (To view an interview with Dr. Gale discussing the benefits of such community excursions, please click here).

Parent Support (6-18)

We consider support to parents a central component of our program and have ten ways that we provide it. We recognize that families come to us in all different shapes, sizes, and situations and have put considerable through into the ways that all families can be accommodated. To this end, we provide support via email communication, in person parent meetings, web meetings, phone consultation, and parent get-togethers (e.g., breakfast). Our introductory video includes information on the various ways that we support families.


We are located at 16430 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436. Click here for directions.

View below to see the different areas we target for all groups:

  1. Executive Function
  2. Language Pragmatics
  3. Social Competence
  4. Academic/Vocational Readiness
  5. Daily Living Skills (School/Vocationally-Related)
  6. Environmental Awareness