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Savor the Summer and Survive the School Year

Not ready for the summer to be over? Wishing the first day of school would be delayed indefinitely? Here are some quick tips to help you transition back to school as painlessly as possible.

  1. Enjoy the rest of your summer. Instead of dreading the upcoming school year, spend your time at the beach or the pool, relaxing by yourself or with friends. Read a book, watch your favorite show, or become a tourist in your own town. Determine to make the most of what’s left of summer break.
  2. Carry your love of summer into the school year. Think about why you most enjoy the summer. Perhaps it’s a sport or an activity that you can continue in the fall. Or maybe it’s more of a carefree mindset which allows for new hobbies, and fun explorations. Whenever possible, plan time to continue pursuing your “summer loves” even as the seasons change.
  3. Determine to be different. Maybe the summer—or even last school year—weren’t what you hoped they’d be. What would you change? Perhaps you wished you had spent more time with your friends or tried something new this summer. Maybe last school year was a disaster and you’re hoping that new teachers, classes, and maybe some new friends will make a difference. Focus on what you can control, like your perspective, habits, friends, and activities.
  4. Take a deep breath and relax. You have a whole year to make friends, learn algebra, and decide whether or not you like your English teacher. Prior to the first day of school, all you need to know is what kind of person you’d like to be on the first day. A pencil and notebook may be helpful, too.

These three ideas should help you to embrace the school year, despite its routines and demands. If we can help you transition to the school year or deal with any other challenges you’re currently facing, please call us here at the Center at 215.491.1119. If you would rather email us, please click here.

 

-Dr. Lorna Jansen specializes in treating children, adolescents, and families. She helps clients manage stress, deal with relationship issues, and also offers academic coaching.

Lego Group is Starting Up Soon!

The Center Lego Club

 

 

At LEGO CLUB, kids will engage in set builds, production of Lego stop-motion movies, and much more.  Your child will develop their problem solving skills, social abilities, and creativity, all while having a great time! The goal of LEGO CLUB is to create fun and interactive experiences for your child.

WHAT IS IT? The LEGO® CLUB is a collaborative, play therapy in which children work together to build LEGO® models. Dr. Lovrinic, Psychologist, facilitates the natural learning of social skills by engaging your child in a creative modality that they love!

Six, 1 – hour sessions, on Thursdays, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Beginning July 14th at The Center.

COST: $150.00 per child for six sessions

WHY DOES IT WORK: LEGO® based therapy focuses on key social experiences such as collaboration, division of labor, joint attention, sharing, turn taking, eye contact, verbal and non-verbal communication, and social problem solving.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? All children are welcome, ages 10-13. Children with social communication challenges, are socially shy/anxious, have trouble understanding verbal and nonverbal communication, and trouble with joint attention. If you love Legos and want to develop your leadership skills in working collaboratively with others, this group is for you. Bring your creativity.

On the first night of the Lego group, a parent session will also be offered. During this time, parents will be given an overview of the group, as well as strategies to encourage appropriate social skills in their children. This session is designed to highlight ways in which the parents can act as “coaches” for their children at home, thereby increasing the effectiveness of the group overall.

Cost: $25 per parent/couple

To sign up your child, please call our office at 215-491-1119! Space is limited!