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The Social Cog Inc

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Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

Mission: The social cog provides quality social and intellectual opporunities to independently functioning adults with learning and developmental disabilities and creates a vital community where new friends are made and lifelong social skills are developed.

Programs: Monthly member events: once a month the social cog holds events for the members in the learning and developmental disability community that include a socialization skill program (such as bowling, kayaking, and cooking) and a meal. The members benefit from having professional staff available to assist them with social interaction with their peers, which helps them build confidence, learn conflict resolution, form friendships, and be a part of the community.

social coaching: once a week the members have a social coaching session with a professional coach (doctoral psychology students from a local university). During these sessions the coaches help the members work through their social anxiety, and set social goals involving communicating and making plans with other members of the group separate from the monthly events.

parent outreach: monthly meetings are arranged for the supporters (parents of members). During these meetings the supporters share information and discuss common issues and concerns. The supporters are able to be more empathetic at home, which greatly benefits the members.

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