No Group Tonight

Were canceled again y'all. The Recreation Center is closed which means there will be no group this evening. your child is welcome to attend Thursday. If anyone has any say with the folks in charge of weather please ask for a nice day next Tuesday.


Aaron

**WEATHER POLICY**

We are open on the Tolland Recreation Center schedule. If they close due to weather Kids Cooperate will be closed as well. Watch this page or your email for weather related announcements. As of now we are open tonight.

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Search Inside Yourself

This week we are beginning the Search Inside Yourself Curriculum. If you missed last weeks email go back and check it out, it explains this really cool work that we will be doing based on the famous mindfulness and emotional intelligence training offered by Google to it's engineers. This week we will be getting an introduction to emotional intelligence. The concept of emotional intelligence was first offered by author Danny Goleman in his book, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ. One of the most important messages in the book is that emotional competencies are not innate talents; they are learned abilities. In other words, emotional competencies are something you can deliberately acquire with practice and even more importantly, emotional intelligence lays the groundwork for learning skills that help us create the conditions for strong relationships and our own happiness.

The important skills to build in order to develop emotional intelligence include:

1. Self awareness
2. Self regulation
3. Motivation
4. Empathy
5. Social Skills

This week we will be taking a look at how to strengthen a few of these skills including self evaluation, asking for and accepting criticism, and accepting responsibility for your actions, both positive and negative.

 

Groups Opening in Putnam

 

We are now offering a group in Putnam Connecticut, within an easy drive for Pomfret, Woodstock, Killingly, Thompson, Eastford, Brooklyn, and Hampton. Groups serve children with ADHD, on the Autism Spectrum, anxiety, PDD-NOS, and more. 

Keep Talking and No One Explodes

our ace bomb defusing team

our ace bomb defusing team

Yesterday in high school group we played a really fun game on the virtual reality headset called Keep Talking and No One Explodes. One player uses the headset to describe the bomb he or she is looking at while everyone else shuffles through the 23 page manual to find the information to tell them what to do next. It's a great way to practice teamwork, language processing, and ultimately resilience when the game is over with a bang.