The Social Enrichment Center offers multiple therapeutic services to support 6th through 12th grade teens and teach the skills to increase positive interactions with both adults and peers. Navigating the middle and high school environments can be complex and confusing. Stress associated with getting through a day of classes, completing homework, engaging in extra-curricular activities and interacting with adults and peers can be overwhelming, and teens are often unprepared to cope with the demands. The program is focused on increasing the teen’s social competency and self-esteem by addressing specific challenges in either small group or individual sessions.
Programs for High School Age children include:
Individuals, Dyads and Groups
The focus of our traditional individuals, dyads and small groups is to build social skills and encourage positive behavior in all areas, including at home, in school and in the community. Individual Social sessions target the skills required for teenagers to experience success in the complex social interactions they face every day. One-on-one settings allow therapists to tailor support to the individual needs of the young person. Common issues include stress management, organizational skills, future planning programs, dating, navigating the social circles of the middle and high school years. Dyads and groups allow an individual to interact with other peers in a safe a supportive environment, as well as begin to generalize the skills being taught. Dyads and groups are formed based on common goals of the individuals in each group.
Social Development Classes
The purpose of the social development class is to develop early social skills necessary to build friendships and positive relationships with peers and adults.
Social Enrichment Classes
Our social enrichment classes are designed to support an individual in navigating the increasingly complex social environment of early adolescence through early adulthood. The groups are developed based on the needs of the members, and include age-appropriate and self-directed activities. In the past, groups have chosen to produce movies and music videos and have developed board games.
Anxiety Groups – Coping with Stress
Middle school and high school years can be filled be stressful points in an individual’s time in school. Test anxiety, social anxiety and general anxiety are detrimental to self-esteem and well-being, academic performance, and social interactions with other peers and adults. Using evidence-based programs and strategies, SEC works with middle school and high school students to learn coping skills to alleviate anxiety.
The groups include lessons and strategies from The Chill Kids Anxiety Program in addition to mindfulness techniques and strategies instruction during group instruction.
As adolescents reach the end of the their high school careers, anxiety about the future may begin to settle. Anxiety or worry may manifest itself in many ways, regarding the prospects of leaving home, attending college, getting a job or preparedness. Individuals may avoid talking about post-secondary options, avoid considering options, or simply need additional skills instruction to prepare them for the new opportunity. Whether an individual decides on college or vocational training, the transition from high school to the new environment can be stressful. The groups will focus on the skills needed for a successful transition to an adolescent’s post-secondary goal.
At the middle school level, the occupational therapist will help to modify tasks and activities to address fine and gross motor needs and sensory processing needs, allowing for greater success in activities at home, in school and in the community. Occupational therapy for high school students focuses on increasing functional performance in the school and in activities of daily living. The goal of OT at this age is to prepare the students for post-secondary independent living.
Executive Functioning Skill Instruction Groups
The Social Enrichment Center is excited to offer Executive Function Skill Instruction Groups for middle school and high school ages. Having deficits in a child’s executive function affects not only their study skills, it affects their abilities to initiate friendships, form relationships and regulate their impulsive behavior. SEC will incorporate Premier Executive Functioning Skill Building Curriculum™ in addition a variety strategies and skill instruction to increase executive functioning abilities. Instruction will include time management, decision making, goal setting, learning strengths, attention and focus, metacognition and study strategies.
Cogmed is an evidence-based, computerized training program designed by leading neuroscientists to improve attention by effectively increasing working memory capacity over a five-week training period. The program challenges the user’s working memory capacity. Working memory is a function of the brain that helps us temporarily store and manage the information required to carry out complex cognitive tasks such as learning, reasoning and comprehension. Working memory keeps information in the mind for a short time, typically for a few seconds, in order to use that information for thinking. The computerized, cognitive exercises are designed by neuroscientists to target this key cognitive function that has been proven to be fundamental to executive function and attention. The details of the exercise design allow the program to be very focused and yet provide slight variations.