New young adult social skills group!

Join us for our newest
Therapeutic Social Skills Group
for young adults
ages 16 – mid 20’s.
Our newest group will be meeting on Tuesday nights from 6:45-7:45 PM, beginning on February 25th.

We have 13 (11+2 New) different groups that meet ona weekly basis.

  • All groups are based on age, ability and needs.(ages 4-mid 20’s)
  • All groups meet on a specific day and time each week throughout the school year.
  • All groups are staffed on a 3:1 basis (only licensed and Master or Doctoral level counselors)
  • All groups include a “Weekly Topic Update” for parents.
  • All groups are selected from a bank of over 90 different topics Dr. Nach has created and re-created over the past 2 decades.
  • All new participants are required to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Nach, to ensure proper placement in our groups.
  • Parents support provided with each group.

Through BRAINSTORMING, modeling, role-playing, video-modeling and cooperative activities, participants IMPROVE:

  • Making and Nurturing Friendships
  • Flexibility and Frustration Tolerance
  • Attention and Focus
  • Self-Esteem and Confidence
  • Impulse Control
  • Problem-solving Skills
  • Decision-making Skills
  • Conflict Resolution Skills and Relaxation Skills
  • Conversation and Assertiveness Skills

A human ability to recover quickly from disruptive change, or misfortune without

being overwhelmed or acting in dysfunctional or harmful ways.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, resiliency is an ability to recover from or adjust easily to adversity or change.

Arguably the most important life skill is resiliency. It allows our children to use past errors as learning experiences. Teaching our children how to adjust their strategies, and try again, much like countless revolutionary of the past. Here, are a few words about how to build resilience and confidence in kids with ADHD and other life challenges.

We want our children to be empowered, resulting in their abilities to be “powerful”, responsible and in control of their actions. When kids are over-stressed they can’t build on their skills. We must challenge them and allow them to build their skills set, slowly and steadily. Remember the old adage, “slow and steady wins the race”. Keep this approach in mind when building resiliency. Empower our children to build on their skill set, not to feel overwhelmed.

Applying just the right amount of “pressure” will build strength and flexibility, applying to much pressure will lead to a breakdown, just like when trying a shoelace. A child who is not being successful and is being pushed to hard will become resistant, argumentative, confrontational, reactive, avoiding and may even shut down.

Numerous times I have been told by parents that homework leads to battles in their home. If the student does not know how to do the homework, they may tell the parent they don’t have any homework, or they conveniently forget it at school or “lose” it in the black hole called their backpacks.

The answer is simple, but not easy: Expose students to activities that are slightly below what you know they can do. This is that place that feels good, that place of competence and empowerment that is “doable” and comfortable learning and growing takes place.

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An open dialogue about School Stress and Students’ Mental Health. The event will be held at the Coral Springs Museum of Art on NOvember 16, 2019 from 11:30am-1:30pm.

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HOW TO FIGHT FEAR AND ANXIETY

Everyone has faced some kind of fear and anxiety at some point in their lives. It could be on things like sitting for an examination, preparing to speak to peers, getting to an interview and other examples. How you deal with these fears and anxieties greatly determines how successful you will become. When left to grow, anxiety and fears can become a huge hindrance and prevent you from achieving your maximum potential while also limiting the quality of your life. For those who have to manage some form of anxiety related feelings there are ways to manage and cure anxiety.

For common fears and anxiety here are some effective tips on how to manage them:

  1. Take Time Out

Whether it is an exam you want to take or a presentation, when panic sets in, you can hardly think right and you will only make errors or rushed judgements. The first thing you should do when you are overly anxious is to take some time out to physically calm down before proceeding. Distract yourself whether it is by talking to someone, walking around the block, making something to drink, taking a shower, exercise or many other activities that will take your mind away from your present or near future situation. This will refresh you physically and mentally and you can proceed with calm knowing the right thing to do.

  1. Breathe Through the Panic

This is very important especially if the panic sets in when you are somewhere you cannot take a break. This could be on a journey, on stage, through a presentation or while talking with peers and other such like situations. When you feel yourself getting a faster heartbeat and your palms are sweating, remain calm and place your hand over your abdomen; breathe deeply and slowly through it. This helps your mind cope with such situations as you build your inner strength. Knowing you maintained calm in such a previous situation will help you handle future situations better.

  1. Face Your Fears

Whatever it is that leads to fear attacks and anxiety, it can only fade and diminish in its intimidation if you face it. Whether is a test or lesson, stepping into your boss’ or professors office to talk about your promotion or grade, joining the drama club or any other group you fear joining, get in and give it your best shot and you will be mostly surprised with the outcome. More importantly you will realize that you always have the ability to take charge of your fears.

  1. Don’t Chase Perfection

It is very easy to be fearful and anxious if you keep on looking for perfection. Always give your best and look for outside constructive feedback. Most of the time you are your own most critical judge and this can inhibit your growth. Understand there will be bad days and setbacks but the good days and triumphs will be many. This will ensure that you outgrow your own fears.

  1. Sleep Well, Eat Well and Exercise

There is nothing that helps you beat a day’s tension or prepare for each day better than a good night’s sleep. It is relaxing and refreshing so get enough of it – a minimum of five hours for adults and eight hours for those under 18. Get enough exercise too and eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and greens which keep you refreshed and not dulled down by a fading metabolism.

Dr. Eric Nach, Ph.D., M.Ed., A.S.D. Cert. Developmental and Behavioral Specialist and Associates

Info@SupportForStudentsGrowthCenter.com    www.SupportForStudentsGrowthCenter.com

For more information about Dr. Nach’s Online Resources and how to enroll, visit our website at: http://drnachonline.com/

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Remove the Clutter

Just Do It

One of the hardest parts about getting organized is going through and getting rid of the things that cause distractions and take up space. When you find yourself among the stacks and piles of stuff and items, it can seem overwhelming. But by taking it one step at a time, remembering to breathe, monitoring your thoughts, you can begin to de-clutter your life and start on the path to successful organization.

Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed about taking on the task of removing our clutter and tend to make excuses as to why it doesn’t get done. We can claim that we don’t have the time, or that there is too much to do at once. But as Nike says, we have to “just do it” and we have to throw away our excuses and dive in. Make a plan on how you can get started, such as making a ‘cleaning calendar’ or choosing an area to start on. Stick with your plan until the job is complete, and don’t let the same excuses hinder your success.

Helpful tips:
Make a calendar with time to clean
Divide the areas that need to be conquered Make a list of tasks
Decide where items go beforehand

You Don’t Have to Keep Everything

You know who you are – the person that exclaims “I have to keep [this] because I might need it later!” “You never know”, or “What if I need it someday?”

In reality, we can throw away over half of our saved papers, documents or items without feeling a sense of loss, withdrawal or consequence. The decision to keep everything can drive us to make inappropriate choices with organization and contributes to more clutter. We can break that kind of thinking by examining what we

are holding on to and by realizing we can’t live by the ‘what ifs’ an item may have. Go through your clutter and clarify how it is useful to you right now and get rid of anything that doesn’t have a clear purpose. Once you have removed the items you don’t need skills, you are no longer wasting time on useless clutter, but are developing better organization for the things you did keep.

Ask yourself:
Am I going to use this in the near future? (If so, when?)
When was the last time I needed this? (More than a year ago?)
If I keep this, what type of category is it organized into? (Keep, donate, trash?)

Three Boxes: Keep, Donate, and Trash

The most common approach to clearing out clutter is the Three Boxes method. This method forces a decision to be made about each item you touch as you go through your clutter. You don’t get to put it aside or come back to it later. Pick up an item, one at a time, and think about which box it should go in. Try not to release the item until a decision is made. (Ask a trusted friend, or relative, or counselor, for help if needed).

Box 1 – Items to Keep: This box is for items you would like to keep in your area or maybe even put away for safe keeping (such as heirlooms or special gifts). This is not to be confused with the ‘things I might need later’ type of thinking. Only keep items that have value and meaning to you.

Box 2 – Items to Donate: This box is for items that you realize you no longer need or want. Items in this box can be donated or sold at a rummage sale, just as long as it leaves the clutter!

Box 3 – Trash: This box is for the things that you do not need or want and cannot be donated or given away. This often includes old papers or documents, mail, or broken items. Once this box is full or complete, remove it from the area right away and don’t give it a second look.

From our in home or in office Educational Coaching and Counseling Programs.  https://www.supportforstudentsgrowthcenter.com/in-home-educational-coaching/

Dr. Eric Nach, Ph.D., M.Ed., A.S.D. Cert. Developmental and Behavioral Specialist and Associates

Info@SupportForStudentsGrowthCenter.com    www.SupportForStudentsGrowthCenter.com

Your Child – The Problem Solver!

When you ask your child to explain why they did or did not do something is their immediate response, “I DON’T KNOW? Truth be it, they might not actually know why they thought the best way to handle a situation was what they chose. Don’t let them go into adulthood, not knowing how to solve life’s problems.

Whether your child is a “gifted” student, a “struggling” student or an “average” performing student, whether in school, work or private life, they will encounter problems in form of situations, issues, career, relationships, school or work which will demand our children to be able to solve them. While some problems are pretty straightforward with a laid path for solving them or known solution, this is not always the case.

Whether it is solving their brother’s problems or making a decision that will impact their life goals, problem solving skills come in handy when our children are able to resolve a complex situation or difficulty.  No one is born knowing how to handle problems; it is a learned skill and builds from one situation to another. However, there is a set of steps one goes through when solving a problem. This makes the process streamlined and will guide our children to an effective and quick resolution of nearly any type problem.

Here are the five steps to use when solving problems

  1. Identify the Problem

The whole process of solving a problem relies on first identifying the problem in clear certain terms. Our children have to be sure they are addressing the root of the problem and not symptoms or resulting effects. The very definition of problem solving is identifying the nature of a problem, breaking it down and coming up with a set of actions to address the problem and its resulting challenges. Define the problem in concise and clear terms to be able to plan on resolving it.

  1. Define the Main Elements of the Problem

The key to resolving the problem is breaking it in smaller and manageable parts. This is possible through identifying the elements of the problem. This makes the problem more manageable and our child can create a plan around the various elements and even identify the best solutions as they will be knowing the different aspects of the problem. They can easily plan concrete steps to resolve the problem.

  1. Examine Possible Solutions

Having identified the elements of the problem it becomes important to look for the various possible solutions of each particular element of the problem in general. Deep analysis of the viability of each solution and the potential side effects have to be analyzed. It is important to think creatively and weigh different solutions while integrating several solutions together to have a comprehensive and effective solution in the end. Do not just entertain any haphazard solution as this can easily result in winding discussions and further time wastage.

  1. Act on Resolving the Problem

All our children have done will be wasteful if they cannot come up with a concrete action plan. The plan should be a step by step execution plan and everyone involved should understand why the solution is the best. Act on the plan as soon as possible while also monitoring and evaluating the whole action of the plan.

  1. Look for Lessons Learned and Evaluate the Process

As earlier indicated with each solved problem our children gain expertise and a new experience as well as confidence. Our children should look for all the lessons and evaluate how they could have made the problem-solving process they have had much faster and more effective.

Many of our children can learn these skills by themselves, some can learn them with parents help, yet some would benefit by having professional help. At the Support for Students Growth Center in Boca Raton, FL we are experts in empowering young people to develop the “success skills” they need to navigate the challenges in life. Since 2012 we have been providing individual and group services in tutoring, coaching and counseling young people ages 4 into adulthood, just like yours. Explore the services we offer, that the schools just don’t offer, at https://www.supportforstudentsgrowthcenter.com

Dr. Eric Nach, Ph.D., M.Ed., A.S.D. Cert. Developmental and Behavioral Specialist and Associates

Info@SupportForStudentsGrowthCenter.com    www.SupportForStudentsGrowthCenter.com

For more information about Dr. Nach’s Online Resources and how to enroll, visit our website at: http://drnachonline.com/