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Social Skills Groups in Full Swing at Texas’ ADD Wellness Group; Growth and Excitement Continues

September 9, 2011

Therapists balance fun, learning of basic social skills for better school experience, making friends, and quality of life at Woodlands’ office.

The Woodlands, TX (PRWEB) September 09, 2011

Tuesday and Wednesday nights at the ADD Wellness Groupâs home office in The Woodlands, TX provide a unique opportunity for school-age youngsters to come work on their social skills in a warm and nonjudgmental environment, a far cry from the often unforgiving school environment. âœWith summer now coming to a close, weâve seen an increase in students coming in to learn how to cope better with social demands,â says therapist Adrienne Langelier, who runs two of the groups; one for 10-12 year-olds, and another for 7-9 year-olds.

Each group gathers at five oâ clock and works together on a chosen topic or skill for the hour, for example, following instructions or listening skills. âœItâs important to keep the child engaged and the session moving along, so I try to balance work and playâ. Sometimes it gets difficult if the group gets too energized, as some members of the group have attention-deficit or Aspergerâs diagnoses, which can correlate with difficulty functioning socially. Not everyone who comes to group, however, carries any diagnoses.

âœIf a child has trouble functioning socially, it could be related to frontal lobe function of the brainâ, asserts Langelier; âœthis region houses accurate reading of facial cues, eye contact, and impulse control so the listener does not interrupt othersâ. Even with deficits, these skills can still be trained; however, it may take more repetition and a âœback to basicsâ approach in training these children. The good news is, this is how we learn and internalize skills and over time, these children begin to function much more proficiently in social situations. âœOne thing I am constantly emphasizing is the need for consistency, and that these skills donât happen overnightâ, asserts Langelier. Over time, she as seen friendships form both inside and out of group time as her students gain confidence and baseline interpersonal skills.

With a little patience, consistency, and parents also on board to reinforce learning, these children can begin to thrive in social and school situations. Inquiries for these open groups can be made at cs(at)addwoodlands(dot)com or at 281-528-4226.

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