Groups Begin January 16, 2018!
Behavioral Boundaries: Making the “Right Choices”
(Ages 5-9)- Tuesdays 3:45 p.m. -4:30 p.m.
The focus of this group will be to discuss, model, and role play the “right choices” in social skills. Children will learn to develop routines, learn communication skills, understand and express emotions appropriately, and learn to set and respect boundaries. We will also introduce and discuss managing anger. Children will learn age-specific strategies to enhance behavioral management through boundaries and communication skills.
“FOCUS” = Focusing, Organizational skills, Calmness, Using good choices, Stress tolerance
(Ages 7-12)- Tuesdays 4:45 p.m. -5:30 p.m.
This series helps children identify the core aspects of ADHD such as focusing issues, problems with executive functioning, not listening, etc. Children will learn how to recognize these core aspects and also learn age-specific strategies to aid in improving their core skills, their academic performance, their behavior and social interactions. Parents will receive information on strategies and techniques to use at home to help with their child's continued progress.
“CALMS” = Calming Anxiety and Learning how to Manage Stress
(Age 5-8)- Wednesday 3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
(Age 9-12)- Wednesday 4:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Worries. Fears. Nightmares. Self-Doubt. This is what anxiety or low self-esteem may look like for your child. This group focuses on learning emotional strength through calmness and kindness to self. This group will teach self-calming methods to improve integration of big muscles with other senses. Activities such as yoga, basic Tai Chi moves, breathing techniques, progressive muscle relaxation, and imagery will be used. We will also incorporate movement activities that improve body awareness, self-regulation, self-esteem, coordination, and promote overall physical well-being.
CALMS for Teens
(Ages 13 & up)- Thursdays 5:00 p.m. -5:45 p.m.
Overwhelmed, stressed, irritable, fearful, nervous, sad, lying awake at night. This is what anxiety or low self-esteem may look like for your teen. With growing pressures of schoolwork, social media, romantic relationships, friendships, sports and extracurricular activities, recent research suggests that teens are reporting higher levels of stress during the school year than adults. This group focuses on learning emotional strength through calmness and kindness to self by implementing mindfulness, physical activity (such as yoga, basic Tai Chi moves), social problem-solving, conflict resolution skills and healthy eating and sleep habits. Breathing techniques, progressive muscle relaxation, and imagery will be used in this group to promote healthy self-esteem, reduce anxiety and increase empowerment.
COURSES FACILITATED BY:
Angela M. Sims, Ph.D., Children’s Center Director, GA Licensed, Developmental Psychologist
Debra Love, M.A., LPC, BCPCC, Children’s Center Counselor
Laura Beth Peterson, M.S., LPC, Children's Center Counselor
Larinda Horton, M.A., Children’s Center Resident