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More information about Charisma - Virtual Social Learning

Can you tell me more about the program?

Charisma™ is a virtual social training platform combined with live social coaching. Our Charisma Coaches are trained social cognition specialists from the fields of Speech-Language Pathology, Mental Health, and Educational Psychology.

Each 60 minute session is unscripted and customized to the individual.  By creating virtual characters (avatars) and tailored interactions, users are able to have up to 40 real-time conversations across the duration of the 10 session training. Through this practice in a safe environment, users develop confidence and adopt behavioral changes that translate into real-world interactions.

Visit our main Charisma, Virtual Social Training page for more general information.


How is this program different from others?

Our virtual world ­– pairing cognitive strategies and customized coaching – allows us to personalize each session to challenge users in a safe and motivating way. We utilize our research-proven strategy-based learning in each session and customize it to fit the level of social needs. This tool promotes social growth, communication and confidence. Every character in the world is a trained clinician simulating a friend or colleague, and interacting in real-time.  Call us for a more detailed explanation on our innovative approach.

Charisma is a short and intensive program designed to complement any ongoing, outside therapies.  Traditional role-play therapy is limited by a lack of realism, as the clinician’s appearance and location are fixed. Our uniquely designed platform allows for changeable identities and adaptable surroundings to create limitless, realistic scenarios.


How do I know if this training is right for our needs?

Many individuals interested in Charisma express frustration in not being able to find services and/or specialists that truly understand their diverse and unique social needs. Many have gone through years of traditional methods, only to find minimal progress and limited translation of learning into the real world and relationships. Others are just beginning their journey and are desperately looking for social skill support that will set them up for success, while providing valuable, actionable strategies that work for children, teens, young and older adults.

We offer complimentary consultations to determine the best fit for your needs. Our experienced clinicians work with people who have a wide range of social abilities or experience social challenges and may have a diagnosed neurodevelopmental difference such as ADD/ADHD, Social Anxiety, Twice-Exceptionalities, Autism and other social, emotional or behavioral challenges.

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My child is very rigid. Can this program help?

Yes! Over 10 years of research have shown that Charisma helps kids better understand what others are thinking and feeling so that they can maker smarter social choices. These are key social skills needed to build flexibility and improve problem solving.


Is 10 hours of training long enough to make a difference?

We know that the brain learns best with short, intensive bursts of information. Our research shows that within that time, significant behavioral improvements in emotion recognition, understanding intentions and improved social skills can be observed.

A typical training includes over 40 different conversations across 10 hours.  This allows us to expose those in need to a wide variety of strategies for success.

In addition we offer “booster” sessions when more work is needed in a specific area.


How do we attend or access the training?

Charisma is available anywhere via online access. We will work with your scheduling needs and time zones to ensure consistent and reliable sessions. We schedule sessions between 8am and 6pm, Monday through Friday, CST.


What if we want to do more training after 5 weeks?

Everyone learns at their own pace. Individuals may continue with “booster” sessions when they have a specific skill that they want to continue working on such as preparing to enter college, interviewing for or starting a job, dating, sleep away camp, dealing with bullies or further confidence building.


Can we bill insurance?

At this time, we do not accept insurance.