Level 4: Tweens and Teens

The Tweens & Teens group requires social interaction with peers and ability to process exchanges of ideas and opinions with peers. We have noticed that tweens/teens who are learning how to cope with anxiety can really benefit from being with other tweens/teens of similiar temperament; learning about each other can help them learn about themselves, build self-awareness, and foster ego and identity development. Positive peer relationships are important for a preadolescent's/adolescent's social development, ego development, and identity formation. For tweens and teens with a history of selective mutism and/or social anxiety, or other anxieties, socializing with peers can be challening, especially in a culture where more quiet personalities are often misunderstood. Therapeutic goals in our Tween/Teen Group include increasing knowledge about the relationship between brain and behavior, increasing mindfulness of how one reacts to stress/anxiety, and learning how to identify and apply adaptive coping instead of anxious avoidance.

The prerequisites for Level 4 groups are as follows:

Readiness for this group can also be demonstrated by the following:

If you are not sure if your child meets these prerequisites, talk it over with your child's ATS therapist. If it has been over three months since your child has been in treatment at ATS, then a refresher session may be necessary to reacquaint your child. If you think an introductory group is more appropriate, then consider Come Play, Courage Club or Social Thinking Group.

If it has been over 6 months since your child has been in treatment at ATS, or your child has never received treatment at ATS, and you think this group is ideal for your child's needs, please contact ATS at 630-230-6505 Ext 1 to set up an evaluation or click here to request an appointment.

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Benefits of Group Therapy

*Provides a safe space
*Reduces isolation and alienation
*Normalizes suffering
*Allows the giving and receiving of support
*Helps with finding individual voice
*Enables the expression of feelings/needs
*Assists in the building of self-esteem and social skills
*Offers a cost-effective approach

Check out the APA or PsychCentral for more information on the benefits of group therapy.