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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 Dec 14, 2016 in Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse, Teens, Therapy

Teens vs. Drugs

Alcohol and marijuana have been the two most widely used substances among teens for quite some time. According to the 2015 Monitoring the Future survey, a University of Michigan study that tracks drug use trends among 8th, 10th and 12th grade students, 15.5 percent of 8th graders, 31.1 percent of 10th graders and 51.4 percent of 12th graders have smoked marijuana in their lifetime. Alcohol is even more prevalent among teens. According to Monitoring the Future, 26.1 percent of 8th graders, 47.1 percent of 10th graders and 64 percent of 12th graders have drank in their lifetime. Despite the high rates of use of these substances among teens, there are considerable negative consequences to using marijuana or drinking. Academic achievement in particular suffers as a result of weed and alcohol abuse. Marijuana Marijuana use has been linked to poorer academic outcomes among teens. Evidence from around the world supports this notion. In 2004, researchers at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom reviewed 48 studies relating to student...

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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 Jun 4, 2015 in Anxiety, Child Sexual Abuse, Children, Counseling, Depression, News, Self Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Teens, Therapy

Developing Self Esteem

Low self esteem is a problem with many people. Here is a brief list of people who are likely to suffer from low self esteem. People who have faced failures in the past. People who were sexually abused when they were young. People suffering from some type of addiction like drugs, alcohol. People who have relapsed into an addiction. People who have just come out of a relationship. People suffering from abuse (physical, emotional or both) from friends or family members. People with disabilities (mental or physical). What are the effects of low self esteem? Low self esteem has been linked to depression. When you have low self esteem, you feel unworthy and unsure about your abilities (loss of confidence). Basically, when you have low self esteem, you have a negative opinion of yourself. Low self esteem has a number of side effects such as social withdrawal, self neglect, reluctance to take on challenges or trust your opinion, eating disorders, emotional turmoil and anxiety, a cynical attitude towards life,...

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Posted on Nov 17, 2014 in Children, News, Parenting, Teens, Toddlers

Carving Out Time For Each Child

A common dilemma faced by almost all parents is how to find time in our busy lives to give each of our children special, quality time. This is especially difficult when you are the parent of children with special needs. But we also know that this special playtime can be invaluable to the parent-child relationship, and to the child’s self-esteem – all of which impact behavior in the home and the quality of family life for everyone. What I often tell parents is this – carving out time for each child does not have to be long and complicated. Often, spending 10 minutes each day or a few times each week can impact our children in powerful ways. We often think that we have to devote long periods of time, or take our children out of the house to do special things, for this time to be considered “quality time.” Not so! In fact, this particular mindset often creates a lot of guilt and feelings of being overwhelmed in...

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Posted on Nov 3, 2014 in Anger, News, Parenting, Teens

Rebellious Teens Vs Angry Parents

  Teenage years can be stressful for both teens and their parents. Teens have to deal with raging hormones, peer pressure, school work, activities, changing friendships and a whole lot of other issues that can make them feel disconnected from those around them. They are usually confused and moody, which can make them act out or defy authority. The behavior, if prolonged, can stretch parents to their limits and make them lose their temper, which they might regret later. So, how can parents deal with this frustration and protect their kids from dangers of anger? Wait before you react If your teen indulges in a behavior that is unacceptable to you; refrain from acting on your anger immediately. You will thank yourself later for using this anger management trick. Irresponsible or rebellious Your teen’s behavior can be an act of rebellion or it might just be them being irresponsible. If your teenager doesn’t return your call, it is possible that he/she might have forgotten about it. Observe the reaction...

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