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Enhancing Social Skills Through the Autism Independence Project

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We are excited to share the opportunity to enhance social skills and independence for students with disabilities through the Autism Independence Project. This initiative is a collaboration between the Special Education Foundation (SEF) and iSocial, aimed at improving the lives of students served by the Special School District.

What is iSocial?

The iSocial Remote Group Therapy for Social Competence, developed by Dr. Janine Stichter and her team at the Thompson Center for Autism at the University of Missouri, is designed to significantly enhance the lives of individuals with autism. It offers group telehealth therapy sessions for children and adults to develop vital life skills necessary for independent living, meaningful employment, and forming good friendships.

How it Works

iSocial will identify the needs and interests of middle to high school students through educators and parents. Eligible students must have internet access and basic computer skills.

32 One-Hour Evening Sessions over 16 Weeks Conducted by licensed professionals, these sessions are designed for groups of 6 students with similar interests. The sessions include engaging activities such as role-plays, contests, and video discussions. They are held twice a week in the evenings, for a duration of 16 weeks.


Proven effective through eight university studies, this program is not only enjoyable and inclusive but also demonstrates significant improvements in communication skills and social motivation.

If you know a student who would benefit from this program, please contact us at or call (314) 394-7030. For more information this project, visit our website.