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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 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 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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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 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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