Sometimes a therapy group is the perfect way to address a child’s needs...
COOPERATION AND COMPETITION: A THERAPEUTIC ACTIVITY GROUP
A Calm, Confident, Engaged Child, Succeeding at School and Joining Joyfully with Your Family...
It’s Not Just a Dream!
• Does your child break down or rage over every little thing?
• Is s/he lonely, without real friends?
• Is s/he rarely invited on playdates or to birthday parties?
• Does s/he lose it if s/he loses?
• Is s/he clingy, worried, having trouble becoming more independent?
• Is s/he struggling in school, either academically or because s/he just can’t fit in with classroom routines? Even though you know s/he’s smart?
• Do you feel like you’ve tried everything, and nothing works for long?
• Are you stressed, arguing with your partner, discouraged?
• Do you feel like you’re ready to lose it, like you’re totally at the end of your rope, on your last nerve?
Smart kids, especially if they aren’t succeeding at school and if they have trouble fitting in, are at high risk for developing serious problems as teens--they get into risky behaviors like misusing drugs or having unprotected sex, or they can engage in self-harming behaviors or even consider suicide.
Elementary School Is the Time to Intervene, Before Things Get Worse
Our groups can help you and your children to feel better. I have 25 years experience helping parents to figure out what’s up with their children, to understand better why things aren’t going well, and to help children feel better about themselves. I’ve helped hundreds of families solve the riddle of why their child is acting like s/he is, and to help their child to cope so that s/he can grow up feeling happy, confident, and successful. I founded TREAT NYC to help families exactly like yours, and we are succeeding! We have a whole staff ready to help you set things right.
We Can Help Your Child to Soar!
We run social skills groups for neurotypical elementary school kids that are fun.
Our group, Cooperation and Competition: A Therapeutic Activity Group, will help your child to:
• Talk to kids at the lunch table
• Keep it together when they lose at a game, or mess up
• Exercise their “leadership skills” without becoming bossy
• Speak up and say what they want to do when the kids are trying to decide “what next”
• Get asked on play dates
• Make and keep friends
• Succeed in the group projects that are so common in elementary school
Kids don’t learn social skills from a script, they learn them from real world interactions. Our fun play-based group (along with feedback from the group leaders) will help your kid to learn how to get along with other kids, following directions, making friends, and working out disagreements successfully.
Fill out this form and let us help you figure out how we can best help your child. We’ll schedule a free phone consultation to help you clarify what your next steps should be. We offer groups, individual therapy for children and adults, parent coaching, and neuropsychological testing to investigate school challenges.
CHILD LEARNING THROUGH CHILD PLAY
This dyadically based group is designed for parents or caregivers and infants/toddlers, who will play together each week using toys made from commonly available household supplies. Developmental norms and expectations are discussed, and developmentally appropriate ways of facilitating cognitive and emotional development are taught.
It can be helpful to share the trials and tribulations of parenting with other parents. Help parents of younger children than yours navigate the waters, and learn from those who have been there and done that. Explore common problems and possible solutions, under the guidance of a child and adolescent therapist.
ADOLESCENT DBT SKILLS GROUP
Following the DBT curriculum for maintaining emotional equilibrium, this group is designed to help teens who become dysregulated in the face of intense emotion. The teens will learn to manage powerful feelings—anger, self-loathing, anxiety, etc.—without withdrawing, blowing up, or resorting to self-harm, substances, or other maladaptive behaviors. Group members must be in individual therapy either with the group leader or an outside therapist concurrently.
COPING SKILLS CAMP
A one-week intensive in late summer, this group is designed to help children and tweens learn to identify and manage the sources of their anxiety, improve peer relationships, cope with bullying or teasing, and cope with school-based interpersonal struggles. These skills are taught in a playful, fun way and are interspersed with activities that are “just for fun” to help bridge the transition from the freedom of summer back into the world of school.