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"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

~ Albert Einstein

Who We Are

The mission of IASIS Learning Center is to provide children with the social skills they need to be successful in relationships, in school, and in a career. Our programs help children achieve these goals through fun, interactive instruction and drama.

We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

What We Do

Our creative social skills curriculum integrate instruction, drama,and technology. These programs are offered to children with special needs, such as: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficits, and Language Impairments.Children within the ages of 6-16 years of age will benefit from our social skill "drama" program.

Many children need to be taught social instruction so they can excel at school, be successful in relationships and be able to succeed at a chosen career. Many of the unwritten social rules people tend to know instinctively can be taught through the fine arts. Children can learn about non-verbal communication, learn how to utilize their body language and movement, learn how to control their facial expressions and tone of voice. As a result, a child's self-esteem, self-awareness, and imagination strengthen. Famous actors study about the character that they are going to portray. These actors have to learn how to think, feel, and know how to physcially move as they act like a particular character.

Through drama techniques, dance movement, artistic activities, and creative play, children can practice social skills in a controlled environment. These social skill are separated into sequential skill upon which they can build more complex ones.

About Us

Executive Director Michelle Henderson graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Generic Special Education. She continued her education by securing a Master's Degree in Education from Texas Women's University as well as completing the Graduate Autism Intervention Program at the University of North Texas.

Board of Directors

Michelle Henderson, ChairmanWith over 20 years of experience in education as a teacher and educational diagnostician, Michelle has developed and implemented programs for special education inclusion as well as teaching social skills through drama.

Paige Adair, Vice-chairman

Yamile Quintero-Corredor Yamile works for Little Elm ISD as District Family Facilitator. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Post-graduated studies in Learning Disabilities under a Neuropsychological Behavioral Analysis from Konrad Lorenz University, Bogota Colombia. She earned her Master’s of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Texas. She is a member of the National Council of Family Relations and the National Association of Psychology in Colombia. She holds a Teacher Certification in EC-4 and Bilingual Education. She is also certified as a Family Life Educator from the National Council of Family Relations.

Peggy Ashley

Shauna Falcinelli

Lane Henderson, Secretary/TreasurerLane serves as the business manager of the organization and loans his expertise in video production and website implementation in the development of the programs offered at IASIS.

You Can Help!

IASIS Learning Center is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization.The executive Director and members of the Board of Directors all provide their services as uncompensated volunteers. Donations are used to reduce the cost of attendance and to provide in-house scholarships for our students.
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Social Skills Classes

Classes meet one hour a week and groups typically have four students or less. Social skill instruction focuses on different social concepts such as emotions, appropriate communication in a conversation, "unwritten" social rules of a classroom, empathy towards other persons, elements of non-verbal language, and much more. Progress reports are provided regularly.


Self Modeling Videos Students role-play real life situations in front of a "green screen" to create their own video modeling clips. They can view each clip to remind them how to use each strategy they have learned during class. According to current studies, video self-modeling is an effective way to target social and functional skills, (Bellini-Indiana University). Researchers have found that improvements were maintained after the program had been concluded and that skills were transferred to other settings not featured on the videos.

Social Instruction Students become social detectives by watching scenes from their favorite movies. These movie clips are discussed in class to evaluate points of character development, facial expressions, body language, and to decide if the characters are following accepted social rules. Popular movies are used in order to keep the student's interest in the lessons.

Drama Techniques Drama exercises are used to help the student to increase self-awareness, increase spontaneous language, use appropriate tone of voice and inflection, and to increase understanding of non-verbal language. Students can create social improvisation skits, interviews, stories, role-plays, news segments, cooking shows, and much more! Using drama will give students the confidence they need to conquer any social skill situation.

Technology Interactive social skill software, movie clips, and a studio set (to develop video clips) are used to enhance social skill lessons. Students are able to watch themselves live on a television while they role-play in front of the camera.

Surf Camp

Learning Through Sun, Sand, and SURF Learning Through Sun Sand and SURF camps are two-day field trips for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. In addition to ocean surfing, the goal of the camp curriculum is to improve social skills and sensory motor development important for student achievement and active engagement in learning.
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Directors of the Learning through Sun, Sand, and SURF camps attempt to create a learning community that engages, challenges, and inspires campers and their families. The curriculum consists of the following four components:

1. A lakeside pre camp family social and orientation meeting. This meeting is held one month prior to camp. All campers and parents are required to attend. The event begins with a meet-and-greet activity. Then, the surf camp directors review water safety rules, followed by yoga stretching, and a preliminary surf and paddling lesson. Following this agenda, attendees enjoy getting to know one another over dinner. The lake water provides a calmer environment than the ocean water where campers eventually learn to surf.

2. Pre-camp instruction and camp application of the SURF Social Skills. The acronym, SURF, is a memory device to help students remember and practice four social skills for group activities during camp. The four skills are: (1) Stay in the group; (2) Use my SEE steps; (SEE stands for body language that include Sound of voice, facial Expression, and Eye contact); (3) Remember to give compliments; and, (4) Find a friend to talk to. Campers are taught the SURF skills prior to camp. Then, during camp, the campers complete a SURF Skills Checklist with their volunteer after a select number of group activities to rate their perceived performance on each social skill.

3. Surf camp group activities. Activities consist of interactions stressing teamwork, cooperation, impulse control, recognition of strengths in oneself and others, and communication. Example activities include arts and crafts projects, relay races, sand-castle building, yoga, and T-shirt signing.

4. Post-camp family social. This meeting is help two months following surf camp. Campers, their families, and surf camp volunteers and staff meet at a local restaurant for the release of a surf camp DVD that contains a collection of pictures taken throughout the first family social and the two-day surf camp. Viewing the surf camp DVD on the “big screen” TV is another opportunity for campers and their families to network and to experience a sense of community.

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Social Instruction: Year 2011/12
Dare To Share: Surf Camp
Social Instruction: Year 2010/11
Summer Workshops 2011
Dare To Share: Surf Camp
Summer Workshops 2010

Contact Address

IASIS Learning Center Mailing Address:
4251 FM 2181, ste 230-249
Corinth, TX 76210

Telephone: (214) 395-3045

F A Q's

Are the lessons geared toward children who want to be actors?The primary goal of IASIS Learning Center is to use acting/drama techniques to improve a child's social skills. Strengthening children's social skills will increase success in relationships, in school, and in a career.

How many students will be in a social group?Our first consideration is to group students who can compliment and learn from each other in a group situation. The needs for each student are determined during a student/parent interview. There are usually no more than 4 students in a group. The "needs" of each student determine how many members are in his or her group. Some students can learn in a larger group while others will need less.

How are these groups scheduled?Each group meets once a week during the regular school year, from August until May. During the student/parent interview, the parents are asked to suggest days and times that are convenient for them.

What are the current prices and services?For additional information, click here for a description of current services and fee schedule.

Do you consult with teachers, or school districts?The teacher or representative of the school district can schedule a consult session. The first consult session will determine what services should be provided to the teacher/school district.

Do you provide workshops that teach others how to implement the same social instruction program?We often appear at Autism and Adaptive Technology conferences sponsored by other organizations. Contact the Director to find out where and when we will be speaking next.

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