Not everybody is the life of the party. And that’s okay! If you or your child have been through ADD testing and are looking for ADHD treatment in NYC, don’t be discouraged. You can find Social Skills Groups at the Sachs Center – an innovative practice focused on the treatment and testing of ADD/ADHD and Asperger’s in children, teens and adults – that can help your loved one become more comfortable in social settings.
American society has embraced the idea that we should all aspire to be socially outgoing extroverts. As Susan Cain passionately explained in her 2012 TED Talk The Power of Introverts, however, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated. The video of her talk has been viewed more than 20 million times, so her message is obviously hitting a chord with people.
Who can benefit from a Social Skills Group?
ADD in adults and children can make mastering the subtleties of social skills a challenge. People who are coping with Anxiety, Depression, Asperger’s or Autism Spectrum Disorder may also find socializing with others difficult. And, as Susan Cain explains, even introverts can be overwhelmed by the social scene.
What are social skills?
Writing for Psychology Today, Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D., a Princeton NJ psychologist whose work focuses on parenting and children’s social and emotional development, said, “There are a lot of different definitions of social skills, but I think of them as the abilities necessary to get along with others and to create and maintain satisfying relationships.”
She went on to say, “The exuberant, extraverted style of interacting that tends to be valued highly in American society is not necessarily the best or the only way to relate to others. A quieter style of relating can also be very healthy. Social skills are about being able to flexibly adjust our behavior to fit a particular situation and our personal needs and desires.”
Dragon Masters Social Skills Groups at the Sachs Center
Research has shown that having a good friend is incredibly important when it comes to healthy social skills and emotional development. That’s why we offer a Social Skills Group in NYC designed to help to children and adolescents who have had a hard time making and keeping friends.
Our unique program helps children connect with other kids their age. Those connections lay a foundation for enhanced self-worth. When a child starts feeling better about themselves, their self-esteem goes up, up, up! And that opens the door to success in school. It also lessens the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Your child can learn how to become a good friend and how to maintain a good relationship with friends with the Dragon Masters Social Skills Group. Among other things, they will learn how to:
- Listen to another person quietly
- Provide support and encouragement
- Offer understanding by telling a similar story
- Share a turn
- Be modest
Social skills for adults with ADD
As prominent ADD doctor George Sachs explains, ADD in adults creates the same challenges that children face. Dr. George offers a truly unique understanding of these challenges. He is not only one of the leading ADD doctors in New York City, he is also an adult with ADD.
If you or your loved one is in need of ADD/ADHD treatment in NYC, and you would like more information about Social Skills Groups at the Sachs Center, please call 646-847-0752.