Social Thinking: Zones of Regulation, Group Therapy for Children

Please contact our office to sign up!
Insight Collective is excited to announce a new psychoeducational group class that provides children and adolescents with a tool kit to regulate their emotions. The Zones of Regulation program is designed to teach its students about different emotional states or ‘zones’ and how to transition between zones. Through a cognitive behavioral, evidence based approach, students learn various calming techniques, cognitive strategies, and sensory supports to aid self-regulation. Each class will help children interpret others’ facial expressions, understand a broad range of emotions, understand how their behavior impacts others, and offer insight to what triggers less regulated emotional states (e.g., anger, anxiety). A wide variety of children and adolescents can benefit from this class including but not limited to, children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, mood and anxiety disorders, tic disorders, language disorders, and learning disabilities.  

More information about the scientific evidence supporting this intervention can be found here.

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Children's Social Skills Program

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A 12-week evidence-based social skills intervention for children age 7-12 years old. Classes run 6:30-7:30pm Mondays. Now taking intakes for our Spring classes. We'll meet at our new location: 595 E. Colorado Blvd, Mezzanine, Pasadena 91101. Please contact our office to sign up!

The Children’s Social Skills Program is modeled after UCLA’s Children’s Friendship Program to help elementary school children gain the skills necessary to make and/or keep friends. During each session, your child will learn and practice a new skill while interacting with other group members. Parent groups will run concurrently and participation is mandatory. Class size is limited to 10 children.

Your child will learn:

  • Conversational Skills
  • “Slipping In” and Making Friends
  • Respect and Boundaries
  • Being a good sport
  • Positive Statements
  • Avoiding Bullying Teasing and Fighting

Research shows improvement in:

  • Social Skills
  • Problem Behavior
  • Assertiveness
  • Self-Esteem
  • Teacher ratings of behavior

Conducted by:

Ani Dillon, Psy.D. Clinical Neuropsychologist
Stephanie Kohlman, Psy.D.

Classes are held for 12 consecutive weeks on Monday evenings 6:30-7:30pm at our Pasadena location. In preparation for this group, we will be contacting each participating family to set up a time to meet you and your child. This session will be used to get to know each other a bit and talk about the class itself.

For more information or to schedule an initial intake, please call (626) 765-4482, ext 104 or email socialskills@insightcollective.net for further information.

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Teen Social Skills Program

A 14-week evidence-based social skills intervention uniquely designed to address social skill building for adolescents age 13-18. The Teen Social Skills Program is modeled after UCLA’S PEERS Program to help adolescents gain the skills necessary to make and/or keep friends. During each session, your teen will learn and practice a new skill while interacting with other group members. Parent groups will run concurrently and participation is mandatory. Class size is limited to 10 families. Groups will be composed of adolescents based on age and level of social development. Click here to view PDF. Please contact our office to sign up!

Your teen will learn:

  • Conversational Skills
  • Respect & Boundaries
  • Peer Etiquette
  • Hosting successful "get-togethers"
  • How to deal with Gossip/Rumors
  • Avoiding Bullying, Teasing and Fighting
 

Research shows improvement in:

  • Social Skills
  • Group activities with other teens
  • Assertiveness
  • Self-esteem

Conducted by:

Oren Boxer, Ph.D. Clinical Neuropsychologist
Ani Dillon, Psy.D. Clinical Neuropsychologist

 

For more information or to schedule an initial intake, please call (626) 765-4482, ext 104 or email socialskills@insightcollective.net for further information.

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ARTICLES REFERENCING UCLA PEERS/FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE

Can Joey Make a Friend? Going to the Movies, Hanging Out with Pals -Joey Hersholt, 17, Never Knew the Simple Rituals Teens Take for Granted. Then He Entered a Program at UCLA-and Life Began to Change. <READ>

 

UCLA program improves social skills for autistic teens. The UCLA PEERS program has assisted high functioning teens with autism by teaching them the strategies they need to improve relating to their peers. <READ>

 

Teaching Autistic Teens To Make Friends. A special class designed at UCLA for teens with autism spectrum disorders a range of developmental disorders that consist of problems with communication and socialization helped the teens' overall social skills and interactions with their peers. <READ>

 

Class helps autistic teens refine social skills. "A lot of our kids need a tune-up. They need new skills to help them survive in their new social world," said clinical psychologist Elizabeth Laugeson of the University of California, Los Angeles, who runs a 3 1/2-month friendship program for high-functioning autistic teens like Andrea.<READ>

 

Teaching Teenagers With Autism How to Make Friends. Class helps teens learn social skills, become less isolated. Teenage social life can be frustrating in the best of circumstances, and it's even harder for teenagers with autism, who report feeling lonelier and having poorer-quality friendships than their typically developing classmates. But social skills can be learned, according to researchers at the University of California-Los Angeles. <READ>

 

PEERS Autism Program: Child-To-Teen Transition. One in 150 children born in the United States has autism. What happens when all these children grow up to be teenagers? A unique program here in Southern California helps them adjust to life in middle school and beyond. <READ>

 

How to Find a Best Friend. It is harder for children to form lasting friendships; rising screen time and lots of activities get in the way. <READ>

 

Autism In Teens - Teaching Social Skills Pays Off. In 2006, the UCLA Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) clinic was established in order to help high functioning adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) improve their social skills to fit in better with their peers at school. <READ> 

 
 

High-Functioning Autistic Teens Benefit From Friendship Training Program.  High-functioning teens with autism exhibited significant improvement in social functioning following a 14-week treatment intervention, in a recent preliminary study. The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS), the intervention that was used, is an evidence-based, parent-assisted social-skills training program developed by Elizabeth A. Laugeson, PsyD, and Fred Frankel, PhD, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). <READ PDF>


ARTICLES REFERENCING SOCIAL SKILLS IMPROVEMENT

For adults with autism, a lack of support when they need it most. “I don’t look like I have a disability, do I?” Jonas Moore asks me. I shake my head. No, I say — he does not. Bundled up in a puffy green coat, Moore, 35 and sandy-haired, doesn’t stand out in the crowd seeking refuge from the winter cold in a drafty Starbucks. His handshake is firm and his blue eyes meet mine as we talk. He comes across as intelligent and thoughtful, if perhaps a bit reserved. His disability — a form of autism — is invisible. That’s part of the problem, Moore says. <READ>

 

This mother-daughter duo helps those with autism find love. Kirsten Fitzpatrick and her daughter Olivia Cantu want to help people with autism conquer the struggles they face when dating. To do so, they’ve started a social network called Spectrum Singles, which will help bring those with autism together on dates, much like other online dating websites, according to The Huffington Post. <READ>

 

Dating on the Autism Spectrum. What it's like to look for romance when "a big smile can be frightening." The way to Paulette's heart is through her Outlook calendar. “Honestly, if you want to be romantic with me, send an email through Outlook and give me all the possible dates, locations, and times, so that I can prepare,” she said. <READ>