Groups for Children and Adolescents

Groups for Children and Adolescents

Our Social Skills Groups provide a unique opportunity for children and adolescents to develop improved self-awareness, ability to follow adult direction, and appropriate peer interaction skills within a fun, structured therapeutic setting.

Before your child or adolescent begins attending group sessions, you will have an Initial Parent Meeting to discuss any relevant medical, social and academic history, in addition to any current concerns or questions you may have. At this meeting you will also work together to develop treatment goals specific to the needs of your child to be put in place in the upcoming group. You may also wish to share this information with school staff or other services provider.

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Positive Pals (ages 4-5, Co-ed)

Positive Pals is for children who struggle to use age appropriate social skills due to various reasons, such as ADHD, communication issues, impulse control difficulties, and/or have a hard time regulating emotions.  Your child will work on sensory regulation, understanding emotions, self-expression, self-awareness, taking turns, sharing, practicing manners, listening, following instructions, and developing coping strategies.  Activities include music, dance, games, sand tray, sensory-based play, yoga, story time, and art projects.

 

Day/Time: Wednesdays 4:00-4:55pm

Location: South Naperville Office

Leader: Melissa Grupe, PhD, LCPC

Social Kids (K-1st grade, Co-ed)

Social Kids group is focused on building relationships through enhancing children’s social thinking abilities. In this structured group, children learn the interpersonal, emotional management, and communication skills needed to be good friends. Through facilitated play, the group practices flexible thinking, self-calming, and reading and responding to facial expressions to enhance social connections.

Day/Time: Wednesdays 5:00 – 5:55 pm

Day/Time: Wednesdays 6:00 – 6:55 pm

Location: South Naperville Office

Leader: Holly Mauer, LPC

 

 

Little Leaders (K-1st grade, Co-Ed)

Little Leaders is for kindergarten and first grade students who could benefit from strengthening their teamwork, friendship, and leadership skills. This co-ed group will focus on developing empathetic leaders. Specific skill development areas include frustration tolerance, emotional awareness and regulation, and communication skills.

Day/Time: Saturdays 12:00 – 12:55 pm

Location: South Naperville Office

Leader: Katie Perricone, LCPC, CADC

Connections (2nd-3rd grade, Co-ed)

Connections is a structured social skills group focusing on how to build and improve relationships with peers by learning how to use verbal and non-verbal cues.  Through art, role play, and games kids will learn self-calming skills and effective responses to difficult situations and peer interactions.

 

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 5:00-5:55pm

Location: South Naperville Office

Leader: Amber LeFevour, LMFT

STARS (4th-5th grade, Co-ed)

STARS is our Social Thinking And Readiness Skills group which provides children with a supportive place to practice relationship skills. Designed for kids who need help with the subtle details of being a friend, as well as growing more confident in navigating our social world.  Participants will cooperate, collaborate, and converse while engaging in playful activities and making positive memories together.

 

Day/Time: Tuesdays 6:00 – 6:55 pm

Location: South Naperville Office

Leader: Kevin Sprenkle, PsyD

Teen Spirit! (Ages 11-15, Girls Only)

This girl’s group provides a space for girls to share similar worries and feelings and learn tools for coping.  The girls will benefit from practicing social skills to help get them through those sometimes awkward and anxiety provoking experiences with peers and help them with making and keeping friends.

 

Day/Time: Tuesdays 7:00 – 7:55 pm

Location: South Naperville Office

Leader: Megan Sullivan, PsyD

Young Men’s Council (9th-12th grade)

A welcoming group with any of the following common issues such as low self-esteem, insecurity, sadness, low motivation, relationship problems, lack of purpose or direction and academic underperformance.   These young men are seeking acceptance and are looking for a way to connect on their terms and around their interests.  This group provides a nonjudgmental forum where boys can voice their feelings.  Together they will learn how to replace negative self-defeating thought patterns with positive ones, identify the situations and emotions that trigger problematic behaviors and how to make the transition from boyhood to teenage life successfully.

 

Day/Time: Mondays 6pm-6:55pm

Location: South Naperville Office

Leader: Daniel Laluna, PsyD

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