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Posted on Aug 29, 2017 in Autism, Children, Counseling, News, Parenting, Resources, Self Esteem, Social Skills, Teens, Therapy

Social Skills Groups Begin September 17, 2017

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders are invited to join one of our Social Skills Groups, which will begin a 10-week session on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at the Naperville office. The Social Skills Groups will provide: Evidenced-based interventions that will teach a specific skill each week utilizing various teaching modalities Evidenced-based interventions that will teach a specific skill each week utilizing various teaching modalities Curriculum based on Michelle Garcia Winner’s approach to teaching social skills Individualized goals for each child to develop and practice within the home and community A foundation for developing friendships with same aged peers Three age-appropriate groups are available: Elementary Social Skills Group will meet from 11:00am until 12:00pm Middle School Social Skills Group will meet from 1:00pm until 2:00pm High School Social Skills Group will meet from 2:30pm until 3:30pm Bi-weekly parent training opportunities will also be available. Groups will be facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Stafiej and will meet at the Naperville location, 24024 Brancaster Drive. Fee is $90.00 per student. More Information For...

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Posted on Aug 23, 2017 in Autism, Children, Counseling, Family, News, Social Skills, Therapists

Social Skills Strategies for Children

Why are social skills such a challenge? Social skills can be a challenge for children because there are several components that go into socialization.  The following is a list of skills boys and girls utilize on a daily basis to socialize with others: Theory of Mind refers to understanding that others have a different perspective or opinion than yours and recognizing others have feelings. Executive functioning involves taking the initiative to make plans with others, following through on finishing tasks, organizing materials needed to carry out plans, remembering what others say to carry on a conversation and filtering  ones own thoughts before impulsively sharing everything. Interest and motivation to socialize with others. Reading and picking up on social cues by visually to paying attention to facial cues and body language of others. What strategies are helpful to strengthen social skills? Emotion recognition. Children need to be able to identify their own emotions. as well as others, in order to perform well in social situations.  Their skills can be strengthened...

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Posted on Mar 9, 2017 in Autism, Children, Counseling, News, Other Resources, Parenting, Self Esteem, Social Anxiety, Social Skills, Therapy

Autism Social Skills Groups Forming Now

Social skills are an important part of every child’s development. The formation of these skills is often key to developing meaningful relationships as well as a contributor to academic success. What are social skills? Social skills are learned behaviors which promote positive relationships and interactions with other people. Some of these skills are: Communicating with others Negotiating Problem solving Showing empathy Being helpful Expressing generosity Participating in group activities. Why social skills groups for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders? Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders – and other disabilities – often lack social skills. Learning how to communicate effectively – both verbally and non-verbally – with peers can boost self-esteem, combat loneliness and help lay a foundation for a successful academic and social experience. Social Skills Groups at Agor Behavioral Health Services, Inc. We invite children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to join one of our social skills groups which will provide: Evidenced-based interventions that will teach a specific skill each week utilizing various teaching modalities Curriculum based on Michelle Garcia Winner’s...

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Posted on Mar 5, 2016 in Alzheimer's/Dementia, Anxiety, Counseling, Elderly, Family, News

Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic and progressive disorder that mainly affects memory and retaining power of the brain. As the disease progresses, it interferes with everyday tasks, social skills and ultimately starts degenerating brain cells and tissue. It affects intellect, daily chores, social interactions and memory of the most basic learned activities. It is a part of a group of disorders known as dementia, and all of them cause problems with memory, intellect and social behavior. Although there is no known cure for the disorder, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of its onset. Signs and symptoms to look out for Alzheimer’s disease Although each patient is different and reacts differently to changes in the brain, there are some symptoms that are common to most Alzheimer’s patients. Confusion and forgetfulness in day to day activities. Trouble following numbers and working with simple calculations. Forgetting recent information like appointment dates, new chores or names of new people. Recent memories are affected the most at first. Inability or...

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Posted on Feb 15, 2016 in Counseling, News, Relationships, Therapists, Therapy

Los atajos y sus patas cortas

Los desafiaos de la vida moderna introdujeron algunos términos como panic-attack, déficit de atención, hiperactividad que se han vuelto las nuevas enfermedades. de la vida moderna. La autora, entretanto, plantea una cuestión fundamental. Revisando las soluciones que para ello brinda la medicación y los libros de auto- ayuda, surge una pregunta: ¿No serian estos atajos que revelan las tentativas del hombre de evitar la incomodidad y la incertidumbre? En la actualidad asistimos a la proliferación de síntomas tales como panic-attack, dificultades en la capacidad de concentración, múltiples inhibiciones, cuadros de depresión o ansiedad. Algunas voces en el campo de la salud mental prefieren clasificar este popurrí de manifestaciones sintomáticas como “patologías modernas”. En función de esta nueva categoría clasificadora han surgido tratamientos o estrategias que prometen soluciones inmediatas e indoloras. Una de ellas es la medicación cuando es utilizada como “chaleco químico” en casos de hiperactividad, depresión, o ansiedad. La peligrosidad radica en su abuso y no su uso; es decir, cuando la medicación reemplaza el deseo de investigar,...

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Posted on Jan 19, 2016 in Counseling, News, Self Esteem, Therapy

What is Self-Esteem?

Why is self-esteem important for emotional health and well-being? Self-esteem is an important concept for ensuring the overall health and well-being but is often ignored. You may not even know what it really means or why you should pay attention to it. If not nurtured and developed well, it can cause a lot of problems in your personal and professional life. What exactly does self-esteem mean? How can you develop your self-esteem? Read on to know some basics about this psychological concept. What is self-esteem? Self-esteem is sometimes also known as self-worth or self-respect. It is a term used to describe how much you value yourself as an individual. Your level of self-esteem tells the world what you think about yourself and the opinion you have about your abilities and value. Various factors like early life experiences at home, school and elsewhere, disability or illness, people’s reactions towards you, cultural and religious teachings and several others can affect the level of your self-esteem. Why is self-esteem important? Self-esteem is...

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