Social Skills Therapy Groups with Dr. Stanley Fagen
The focus of Dr. Stanley Fagen’s Social Skills Therapy Groups is on helping youth gain the confidence, knowledge and skills to make and keep friends. In small groups, the children learn to interact with friendly behaviors while also working on regulating impulses and emotions. While individual differences are accepted and valued, emphasis is on enhancing strength for positive social relationships. Children served include those with ADHD, anxiety, learning, behavior, social-emotional and self-esteem difficulties. Priorities for skill development include two-way conversation, taking turns, reading social cues, handling teasing, giving compliments, showing empathy, solving problems, managing emotions, good sportsmanship and working cooperatively to achieve group goals. Groups are scheduled for 10-12 one hour after school sessions. Because parents have a key role in supporting and reinforcing their child’s social skill development, parent group meetings are held to discuss ways to enhance progress and apply skills to home and school situations.
2nd -3rd grade , ages 7-8 years [co-ed]
Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
3rd -4th grade, ages 8-9 years [boys]
Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
4th -5th grade, ages 9-10 years [boys]
Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
4th -5th grade, ages 10-11 years [boys]
Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
6th -8th grade, ages 11-13 years [boys]
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
New Moms’ Support Group
A new mom faces a variety of emotional and physical struggles that can throw even the most confident, competent woman for a loop. Growing Minds’ support group for new moms (and babies ages 0-6 months) is designed to provide a safe, nonjudemental environment for new mothers to get professional advice and emotional support from our group’s leaders and other new mothers.
Our new moms’ group is led by clinically licensed therapists trained in the fields of child development, parenting education, and family therapy. Our group leaders bring their clinical expertise as well as their personal experience as mothers to provide new mothers an opportunity to share the joys and address the challenges of parenting together.
Meetings include: A specific topic of interest to new moms is discussed each week to provide opportunities to learn strategies to deal with the challenges this new role presents.
– Topics addressed include:
- Staying at home or working outside the home
- Feeding Mom and baby wellness
- Childcare issues
- Soothing your baby
- Body image issues
- Self care
- Balancing the baby’s needs with the family’s needs
- Family relationships and changing roles in the family
- Self image
– Groups members share experiences and receive support from other new mothers
– Group members meet and form relationships with other moms and babies in the neighborhood
Early childhood Social Skills Therapy Groups
(Preschool – 1st grade)
Growing Minds’ social skills group therapy provide opportunities for children to practice social interactions in a safe, supportive environment where they can feel successful. Our groups focus on building and promoting friendship skills like sharing, conflict-resolution, problem-solving, calming strategies, self-esteem and empathy. We offer a playful, engaging setting where children can learn and practice friendship skills through play, art, music/movement and books. Parents’ support is offered to give parents tools to encourage the use of these skills in all environments.
Preschool Group, Ages 4-5 Years (co-ed)
Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 PM
K-1st Grade, Ages 5-6 Years (co-ed)
Thursday, 4:30-5:30 PM
Suite 180, 3204 Tower Oaks Blvd, Rockville, MD