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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 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 Aug 12, 2015 in Anger, Bullying, Children, Counseling, Drug Abuse, Education, Family, News, Parenting, Self Esteem, Social Anxiety, Teens, Therapy

4 Reasons for a Dip in Your Child’s Performance in School

Busy parents running between office and home would prefer things to run as smoothly as possible and the last thing they want to hear is a problem with children at school or below average performance in academics. In the midst of all your regular tasks handling an unmotivated or tense child can become more frustrating if you are unable to control your temper or your child becomes unresponsive. The only way forward is to start spending more time with your child so he or she can slowly trust you and share reason behind the lack of interest in school activities. If your child is not willing to share details about issues troubling him at school then you can try speaking to him about any of the following instances as these are common reasons affecting children in school. Bullying in class Bullying is among the most common reason for children disliking school and expressing disinterest in schoolwork. Children as young as five to six years of age can be very...

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Posted on Mar 3, 2015 in Anger, Bullying, Children, News, Parenting

Eight Signs Your Child is Being Bullied

Bullying can be a traumatic experience for children. If your child has been behaving differently, chances are that he or she is being bullied. Though you would like your children to be forthright about it, you should understand that they may mostly be embarrassed or scared to talk about it. As a parent, it is your responsibility to look for signs of distress in your child’s behavior and act on them.   Here are a few red flags that you should be aware of and look out for: Avoiding school If your child pretends to be sick every day in hopes of getting to stay at home, she is probably being bullied at school. It is normal for children to fake illness once in a while to avoid going to the school, but if the habit seems persistent then there might be an underlying reason for it. A lot of kids facing bullying lie to their parents about school activities getting canceled, so that they do not have to...

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Posted on Jan 23, 2015 in Anger, Bullying, Children, Family, News, Parenting

Help Your Child Deal With Bullying

As unfortunate as it appears to be, bullying is a reality all across the world. A child might be suffering from bullying in school or in the neighborhood and yet his or her parents might not realize that it is happening to them. This is mostly because kids who are bullied may not approach their parents or teachers for fear of retribution from the perpetrators. The first step in helping your child deal with bullying is to recognize the signs that he might be demonstrating in both subtle and not-so-subtle ways. These signs could indicate another problem so it is important to spot them and not react right away. Once you are sure there is nothing else at home that might be triggering these signs then you can take further steps to help resolve the situation. Signs that might indicate your child might be bullied are: bruises, torn clothes making excuses to miss school preferring isolation, not meeting with friends not talking much poor performance at school lost possessions...

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Posted on Dec 23, 2014 in Depression, Family, Holidays, Parenting, Stress

5 Steps to Avoid Holiday Blues During Christmas

Christmas holidays are the best time of the year when you can enjoy good food and share gifts with family. With age our memories grow and we sit back during Christmas with family and friends to relive those happy and sad memories. But despite our best intentions sometimes things turn out different when relatives pick up fights due to their children or old resentments and then everyone is left with anger and disappointment. Below are a few simple precautions you can take to avoid holiday blues. Invite people who get along Who wants to go to a party with people you would avoid on the road? When you know certain people do not get along with each other do not invite them at the same time. Be ready for complaints and bickering No family is perfect and if you are planning on inviting your extended family home during Christmas, be prepared for complaints about messy habits, noisy children, dirty bathrooms and broken toys. Getting upset will not solve the...

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