Beyond Words


Research: Results from Individual
and Group Therapy Experiences


Beyond Words developed based on research on nonverbal communication conducted by Stephen Nowicki, Ph.D. and Marshall Duke, Ph.D. in the 1980s. For 15 years, we collected and analyzed data on the effectiveness of our program.

The results? The most significant finding was that nearly all parents, 98.2%, indicated that their child’s experience at Beyond Words was helpful with their social behavior, while 95.3% found our program to be helpful with relationship-building. Parents’ responses also suggested that we were most effective with the following skills: active listening; appropriate social behavior; seeking to join others; joining appropriately; relating well to peers; eliciting a positive response from peers; assertiveness; confidence in social situations; and staying on topic.