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. 

Hidden Food Rules

Sharing food is a social activity that brings people together, but the way we eat can be an obstacle to making connections. Last night in group we discussed hidden food rules (also known as manners). We had a great discussion about how food is an important part of any social gathering (think meeting for coffee and all of the meals associated with holidays), but once we get together over a meal, the eating should be less distracting than the conversation. Here are a few of the hidden food rules we identified:

 

1. Chew with mouth closed; talk with an empty mouth (this involves carefully following the rhythm of the conversation to know when to take a bite of food and when to wait.)

 

2. Ask for things you need to be passed. This becomes a chance to make eye contact and contact with people in the conversation who you might not have connected with.

 

3. Use utensils as expected. Unexpected behaviors like eating with hands becomes distracting to conversation and be isolating.

 

4. Prioritize conversation. Remember why you are there, and prioritize talking over eating.

Wise Words

There’s no “should” or “should not” when it comes to having feelings. They’re part of who we are and their origins are beyond our control. When we can believe that, we may find it easier to make constructive choices about what to do with those feelings.

—Fred Rogers , The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember