Boca Raton, FL- The Support for Students Growth Center, the first facility of its type in South Florida, is pleased to announce the rewarding of the status of; CERTIFIED THERAPY DOG to DAISY “DAWG” NACH.

Daisy is an “English Teddybear Golden Doodle”. She was born on April 11, 2015 and came to live with Dr. Nach and his wife Paula on July 1, 2015. Daisy is our “junior partner” at the Support for Students Growth Center located in Boca Raton, FL. At their center Dr. Nach and his team provide social, behavioral, and academic services to children, teens, young adults and their families.

Daisy’s primary job responsibilities include; greeter, spreading love and affection as she searches out and reduces anxiety, frustration, worry, and fear in our clients and their families. She spreads her time between greeting clients, attending and participating in the many groups and camps we conduct, and being a “junior counselor” as Dr. Nach provides individual and family counseling in his and Daisy’s office.

We hope you come by and get your own “doodle hug” from Daisy.

You can contact them at:

The Support For Students Growth Center
5458 Town Center Road, Ste #7, Boca Raton, FL 33486

561-990-7305 (Boca office)



Help Your Child with ADHD Transition into Summer

Our children with ADHD function best when there is routine and order in their day. As we enter the summer months the routine of the school year comes to an end. Parents and others can help our children adjust to the summer schedule by following these suggestion:

  1. Be consistent— if the clean pool towels are stored in the closet on the bottom shelf one day, they should be put there every day. If the wet towels are to be brought to the laundry room, they should ALWAYS go there. Our children need to know exactly what you expect.
  2. Assign tasks that your child is capable of doing on their own.Success builds confidence. The goal is for your child to build independence.
  3. Anticipate some delay in making a new schedule a regular habit. It takes time to transition from old habits and form new ones.
  4. Your child should be included in discussions regarding establishing rules and guidelines. It will help them understand goals and teach them to accept responsibility.
  5. Give detailed instructions.“Put the legos in the playroom, in their container and on the second shelf.”
  6. Make lists- how to perform tasks (let dog out in backyard, make sure water bowl is full, food in food bowl) post where easily visible (refrigerator, bathroom mirror).Review lists regularly with your child.
  7. Be reasonable about time.Make sure you’ve set aside enough time for the child to get dressed, clean their room, and get out the door in the morning.
  8. Praise effort — not just results.If your child put their clothes away, but forgot to put their sneakers away, acknowledge that their trying. Reward good behavior more often than you consequence for bad.
  9. Allow for free time in daily routines, we all need downtime.
  10. If your child isn’t taking to the routine, seek help from a professional who specializes in ADHD, we can help get you on track. Stay focused on the long-term goals.NEVER give up!

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Empathy is the ability to put oneself in another person’s shoes. It’s being able to understand and be sensitive to people’s feelings whether they are strangers, friends or family members. With empathy comes gratitude, hope and compassionate for others. Many of our children with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and other life challenges struggle with the concept of “Theory of Mind” which impairs their ability to identify and understand the thoughts and perceptions of others. It’s important for parents and professionals to start training our children as early as possible how to tune in to other people’s emotions. Children need to know that they can consider people’s feelings other than just their own.

If you would like to make a conscious effort to boost such positive experiences for your young one, below are a few tips to get it done:

Take notice of everyone around you

When someone is rude to the waiter when he/she brings the wrong order, understand that your child is likely to take notice. One of the best ways to teach our kids anything is by being an example. So be understanding in all these situations in the presence of our child and model the behavior we want them to replicate.

Write ‘thank-you’ notes together

It’s important for our children to learn how to show gratitude to others. Convey to our child that the recipient of that note would feel happy when they receive it. Let our child know that you are doing this to make the person feel appreciated and how this can lead to better experiences making and keeping friends.

Stay on course

Remember that kids watch your every move. We need to be consistent when it comes to displaying empathy to others. This could mean watching how you communicate as parents or professionals and apologizing in front of the kids if you say hurtful or inconsiderate things to each other.

Emotional reflection

Make it a tradition to talk and discuss together during dinner, other meals, or snacks. You can start by encouraging our child to write a daily journal discussing something good that was done for them that day. This emotional reflection can serve to empower our child to feel loved and cared for which will increase their ability to feel the same for others.

Understand our child’s needs

Sometimes our child will be a little grumpy just because she/he is angry or sleepy or hungry. It is important to show her/him that you acknowledge how they’re feeling. Don’t be quick to put off our child when she/he acts up. Be calm and show understanding of what they’re going through. Encourage them to express themselves using their verbal tools.

Volunteer with our child

(Dependent on the abilities of our child) It’s important for our child to know some of the realities of life as soon as possible. It could mean taking them to the homeless shelter to help in serving food every Christmas. Acts like this will show kids that they have been blessed and are required to help others. Children need to see that helping the needy is a responsibility and not something they can choose not to do. 

Expose them to life’s differences

(Dependent on the abilities of our child) Present kids with an opportunity to encounter people who are different. For instance, taking our kids to interact with other children who have special needs will help them to know how to handle someone who is not exactly like them even as they grow up. Children need to be shown that there are other kids with serious medical issues and need to be shown empathy. Talk to your kids regarding this before you decide to take them.

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