Entries by Jamie Feliciano

Attacking Social Interaction Problems Across the Lifespan

In my private practice, we are often asked by our funding sources when our children with ASD will no longer need social skills instruction. I often feel a sense of “indirect or subtle” pressure to discontinue the service and declare that this child is socially competent and basically cured of what is essentially the hallmark […]

The Infinite Potential of ASD

In January, 2014 The Wiley Center received a $5000.00 grant to provide our 3rd annual Prevocational Social Skills Training program to teens and young adults with ASD. This grant enabled us to include 6 new participants who joined our previous group of 8 young men. Our unique program focuses on the social skills needed to […]

A Story of Survival

For the past several years I have struggled with what I thought to be a rare disorder. At the time it didn’t have a name. My emotions ranged from feeling inadequate, embarrassed, frustrated, and insecure to all out avoidance which sometimes resulted in verbally combative and noncompliant behaviors. I began to see early symptoms of […]


Helping clients with ASDs find their way in the world after high school takes creativity. by Pamela Wiley “As I wandered the resource fair with both my kids in tow, it became strikingly clear how limited the options would be for Nicholas post-high school.” “There is a lot of money invested in these kids when […]

Pre-Vocational Summer Camp Counselors

In April, 2013 I wrote an article challenging SLP’s  who work with students with ASD to use our creativity to help our students identify their strengths, interests and even fixations and parlay them into career possibilities (“Gearing Up for Reality”, ASHA Leader Magazine April 2013). As a result I decided to create a 6 week […]


During my 35 years of providing a speech and language family centered approach to treatment, I seldom have the pleasure of talking or working with Dads and when they are present they rarely engage in conversation regarding their child. However, on those rare occasions some Dads will voice their fears and anxiety over the uncertainty […]

Social Skills Programs: Aren’t They All the Same?

The answer is “No. They are absolutely not the same.” It is not uncommon for a parent to enroll their child in a social skills program and then suddenly leave in disappointment. Most often it’s because parents thought that the program was something that it wasn’t. Common complaints are too structured, too much playing, unqualified […]