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Superkids has found a new

home at The Southfield Center

for Development in Darien! For

information on their September
programs, please call

203-202-7654 or go to

Barbara Cooper and Nancy Widdows

SuperKids founders Barbara Cooper and Nancy Widdows are available for speaking engagements nationwide. If you are interested in booking SuperKids for an on-site speaking engagement please contact us to discuss your needs.

The purpose of our teacher and paraprofessional trainings is to address the need for school personnel to better understand the socially-challenged child. With the rise in numbers of special needs children in the mainstream classroom the need for effective approaches to learning and behavior management is great. Through our work providing after-school social skills groups we have found that educating everyone involved in these students lives creates an environment where students feel understood and teachers and staff feel empowered.

We can tailor what we present to the needs of a particular school's staff and time allotment. For example in a 12-hour training we can cover the following subject areas:

  • Understanding the neurology, behavior and needs of the child with social skills deficits (Asperger's Disorder, Non-Verbal Learning Disability, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Tourette's Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder).
  • How to create a classroom climate that effectively addresses the needs of these students from the start of the school year (elementary school).
  • Developing a toolbox of strategies and interventions to address behavior and social skill difficulty. This is done in an interactive format to help each teacher develop his/her own style. Teachers and staff are asked to bring real life situations from the classroom to the workshop so they could leave the workshop with concrete strategies to immediately implement.

Workshops covering some of the above-mentioned subject matter in a shorter period of time are also offered. An additional part of our program is follow-up supervision on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to help the staff implement and fine-tune the skills learned.

For the paraprofessional who works with one child, individualized training specific to the child they work with can be offered. This would entail a one-hour observation of the child by SuperKids staff followed by coaching sessions to help the paraprofessional become more effective in his/her work. SuperKids can train the paraprofessionals to teach social skills on an ongoing basis throughout the school day, using well-researched techniques.

If you are interested in booking SuperKids for an on-site speaking engagement please contact us to discuss your needs.


SuperKids, with offices in Ridgefield, Norwalk, Milford, and Guilford CT, helps children, teens, and adults develop social skills through weekly groups, with special summer sessions. Therapists are trained to work with Asperger's disorder, autism, pervasive developmental delay, selective mutism, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and ADD. ©2010. All rights reserved.