Just being a kid can be hard enough.
It’s our goal to help children and teenagers improve their social functioning. Productive social interactions and the ability to recognize and cope with typical, everyday problems are important skills that help a person lead a successful and pleasant life. We promote growth in these life-skills areas through a variety of programs, all tailored for individual needs and services.
Kids Helping Kids Club
Children and adolescents who receive center-based, direct treatment have the opportunity to participate in our Kids Helping Kids Club which was featured on the website Edutopia. Peers from local communities are recruited and trained to help children and adolescents improve social interactions and improve problem solving. Naturally occurring, everyday learning opportunities are used and supported by direct teaching, as needed. Click here to read more.
Early adolescents (ages 9-14) may also benefit from “stand alone” services like our "Crew". The Crew provides opportunities to learn and practice social skills and problem solving with specially selected peers from the community and others focusing on the same behavioral targets. In addition, parents and family members receive training that shows them how to extend the benefits of therapy into the home and community. The Crew meets 2 times each week for approximately 2 hours for 12 week sessions. This program runs year round.
The teenage years are full of challenges even for the most well adjusted person. Our Teen Action program focuses on honing a range of skills to promote independence and improved functioning in real world settings unique to a teen’s life. The goal of Teen Action is improved self-sufficiency, self-esteem and coping skills, as well as increased access to the resources and opportunities the larger community has to offer. We work with teens to help them manage behaviors that interfere with such things as acceptance, self-regulation, social skills, and other key elements. We use a behavioral skills training model which emphasizes self-monitoring so that any gains aren’t lost outside of therapy hours or after treatment is ended. Depending on the individual situation, the program may be done in individual sessions or in small groups. Sessions are 1-2 times per week 1-1/2 – 2 hours.