Imagine the love of a parent. Or a teacher who has inspired you. Imagine where you would be today without them.
This November, we thank these people who make a true difference. It’s their passion, hard work and generosity that transform the life of a child. We have seen firsthand the power that social skills learning has on students through our Marvin’s Club program. Along with this transformation come many stories.
In Their Own Words – How Social Learning Makes a Difference
With participating in Marvin’s Club, we have seen our son change! Marvin’s Club has provided him with a group environment where he belongs and feels a part of something. He is learning to work through his shortcomings. He is growing into the best he can and will be! We are grateful for this program and look forward to watching the successes continue.”
— Parent of a 3rd Grader
Social Thinking has helped my students connect their actions with consequences, such as comfortable and uncomfortable thoughts that others might have about them. This concise language also allows teachers to keep teaching moments short and effective, rather than turning them into a long-winded explanation. With consistent use of this language in the school setting, I am seeing glimmers of my students pulling out of themselves and thinking about the world socially. By using the SuperFlex® Brain Invaders, my students are able to identify these unwanted behaviors in other people (including myself!) and are starting to reflect and identify them in themselves. Implementing learned strategies in the moment is sometimes difficult, but I feel that Social Thinking has allowed students to think more generally about social skills rather than learning their social skills by rote. Thus, making them Flexible Thinkers!”
— Courtney McCartney, Special Educator & Marvin’s Club Lead
I had searched for 7 years to find a program for my son like Marvin’s Club. Not only did Marvin’s Club meet all my expectations, it far exceeded them! Marvin’s Club has been life-changing for my son and our family. The other day, out of the blue, my son said he doesn’t get angry any more like he did before Marvin’s Club. He said he has learned that people and things are out of his control and to be flexible in his thinking.”
— 5th Grade Parent