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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 20, 2017 in News, Therapists, Therapy, Virtual Therapy

Now Offering Tele-Therapy Sessions

Lisa Eaton, MSW, LCSW, CADC, now offers Virtual Therapy  Sessions, also known as Tele-Therapy sessions, for Illinois residents. Phone or video sessions are available.  Tele-Therapy Sessions are a great option for those clients who struggle to make it in for regular office appointments, due to busy work schedules, commuting times, frequent business traveling, weather conditions, parenting demands, or health issues.  Imagine receiving the benefits of regular therapy support from the comfort of your own home!  Tele-Therapy allows the client to avoid taking time off of work for appointments, finding childcare, commuting to the office, and waiting in waiting rooms. Lisa structures her Tele-Therapy sessions in the same way she structures her in-person sessions. For example, during a Tele-Therapy session, Lisa explores a client’s current concerns and feelings, and teaches skills and proposes solutions in the same ways she would during an in-person session. If at any point a client feels like the Tele-Therapy sessions are no longer a good fit, Lisa will recommend a local therapist at Agor Behavioral Health...

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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 Feb 13, 2017 in Education, Family, News, Relationships, Self Esteem

Love Yourself, Be Healthy

It’s Valentine’s Day. That day when we show those we care about how much we love them. Do you ever stop and consider taking time to show yourself a bit of love, too? Keeping ourselves fit and healthy is the best gift we can give to ourselves – and to those we love. Healthy body, healthy mind Loving yourself means caring for your needs in body and mind. Some ways to do that are: • Stay – or become – physically active. Do you have a desk job? How often do you get up to stretch your legs? Do you have a physically challenging job? How often do you take time to stretch or relax in a nice bath? Movement and stretching are helpful to keep your body healthy. Try wearing a pedometer to monitor your daily steps; add yoga or pilates to your daily routine. • Get quality – and quantity – sleep. Are you getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night? If your mind won’t...

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Posted on Feb 2, 2017 in News, Psychiatry, Staff Profiles, Therapists, Therapy

Agor Behavioral Health Services Welcomes Darrell Troupe, MD

Welcome, Darrell Troupe, MD! Dr. Darrell Troupe believes the best doctors allow themselves to learn something from their patients, colleagues and family members. A psychiatrist, Dr. Troupe has over thirty years of experience and works with patients ages 3 and up. He is accepting appointments at the Naperville location beginning February 9, 2017. Whether directly or indirectly living with a mental illness or condition, Dr. Troupe believes education and proper treatment may extend one’s potential beyond one’s perceived limitations. To achieve a mutual goal, the patient, their family, clinician and psychiatrist work together to combine compassion, education and medication to address the chemical, biological, emotional, psychological, and social imbalances of mental illness. As part of the staff at Agor Behavioral Health Services, Inc., Dr. Troupe’s professional goal is to offer every patient safe, effective medical treatment in coordination with the care of a compassionate therapist. Schedule an Appointment To schedule an appointment with Dr. Troupe please call 630-621-5824 or visit www.doctoragor.com. Dr. Troupe is taking appointments at the Naperville office, located in the...

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