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Why Social Cipher? CEO Vanessa Castañeda Gill
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Michelle Artreche
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September 1, 2021

Helpful Ava Resource

Ava is meant to be implemented as a supplemental tool for therapists and other facilitators to run with an individual or group of youth, utilizing Ava as a social-emotional learning tool. We’ve created this helpful resource to use as your guide for all things Ava, including how to play the game, character sheets, and supplemental materials!
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Why Social Cipher? CEO Vanessa Castañeda Gill
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Vanessa Castañeda Gill
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August 31, 2021

Why Social Cipher?

Hi! I’m Vanessa, and I’m the CEO + Co-Founder of Social Cipher. We build space-pirate adventure games and software for neurodivergent youth ages 10-15 and the professionals who work with them. I started this work with my team because of my own experiences growing up as an autistic teen and young adult. I suffered from confidence and self-image issues and struggled to understand where I belonged. To have a game like Ava, where I could have safely built skills while seeing my authentic self portrayed, would have meant the world.
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Why Social Cipher? CEO Vanessa Castañeda Gill
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Michelle Artreche
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October 18, 2021

Ava, Episode 1 - Out Now!

We have exciting news to share with you. We are officially launching Episode 1 of Ava! We have developed three different components of our product that will work together to create an engaging, easy-to-use social-emotional learning tool for educators and autism service providers to empower youth of all neurotypes. These components are the game, Ava, our Social Emotional Learning curriculum, and the Companion Application.
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Why Social Cipher? CEO Vanessa Castañeda Gill
Post by:
Michelle Artreche
Created on:
September 1, 2021

Importance of Social-Emotional Learning

Social-emotional learning, or SEL, is the overall process in which children grow, learn and practice their emotional intelligence. Building the foundation and skills needed throughout life, learning to recognize and manage your emotions, develop positive relationships, set and achieve attainable goals, and how to make responsible decisions. SEL is intended to create a safe, healthy, and empathetic space that expands far beyond the classroom environment, reaching the home and community.
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