Social Training and Resources (S.T.A.R.) is operated under the direction of Nicole Juarez. She is a wife, a mother of two young children and has a passion to teach creative techniques to those working with children with special needs.
She has integrated her education with extensive and varied experience to make her an ideal advisor to families and organizations struggling with how to support children with special needs.
Nicole learned firsthand about the academic struggles of children with special needs while on the job in a special day class within the San Juan Unified School District. Then, as a Trained Senior Behavioral Therapist, Nicole realized the important role that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) had in modifying behaviors and teaching self-help skills. She also provided Private Parent Consultation wherein she tutored children in a one on one setting, teaching functional social skills, community skills and self-help skills as well as designing behavior intervention plans.
Nicole had the opportunity to utilize all these skills as the Assistance Director for a social skills inclusion based program where it became obvious that peer models and training sessions for parents were a vital component in the success of the children, and was thus folded into a rapidly growing multi-pronged approach.
Realizing that there was no program that integrated all these varying components that Nicole had come to believe were so vital in providing support to not only the children, but to their parents, teachers, and peers, finally led her to create Social Training and Resources.
Nicole strongly believed that there was a need for a company that a parent or organization could turn to that understood the 360 approach to supporting children with special needs. Her passion, creativity and collaborative approach is what makes S.T.A.R. so successful.