Children will learn to notice how anxiety feels in their body, to label their emotions and to practice anxiety-reducing strategies. Children will work on identifying situations that trigger their worries and ways to feel better when anxiety is causing them distress.
3:15 - 4:30 PM
Conquering Anxiety and Worries (4th - 6th graders)
Some children need extra support to improve self-control, recognize emotions in themselves and others, and understand how their behavior affects their peers. Children will practice listening skills and strategies to slow down and think before speaking or acting.
4:45 - 6:00 PM
Impulse Control and Emotion Regulation (3rd) - FULL
Middle school can be a very stressful time for girls, as they navigate the many social, emotional and physical changes that come with adolescence. Girls will explore friendship challenges, such as dealing with exclusion, bossy girls, teasing or feeling like they just don't "fit in." This group will focus on building self-esteem, confidence, and self-advocacy.
5:30 - 7:30 PM FULL
Girl Drama! (middle school girls), meets in Palo Alto (includes pizza dinner)
If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org After submitting your online registration, you will be placed on a waiting list.
You will be contacted by Sue Garber, M.A., Director of Social Skills Groups, when space becomes available in the group that you have requested.
Your information will be kept confidential.
Morrissey-Compton's specialist helped me understand the challenges I was facing with my child. She introduced us to both group and individual support sessions, which my son enjoyed. The program helped him develop emotional awareness within himself and others, as well as how to respond more thoughtfully and less impulsively. I was impressed by the specialist's ability to help me develop solutions that worked for my family. With her guidance and Morrissey-Compton's support, not only did I see direct changes in my son's behavior, but my family has learned skills that took some of the struggle out of our day-to-day life."
The tutoring my son has received through Morrissey-Compton has made a tremendous difference-in his reading and his confidence. It is incredibly gratifying as a parent to see the growth and, honestly, the joy my son feels as he tackles reading with newfound confidence and tools."
Morrissey-Compton's Girl Drama group was recommended for my 14-year-old daughter for improving her social skills and peer interactions. The class turned out to be smaller than originally planned, and each girl received a lot of close attention from the facilitators. My daughter was a bit nervous at the beginning of the class, but she started looking forward to going. Each session was carried out in a very positive manner and designed to encourage healthier peer relationships. She learned which phrases to use and avoid when facing challenging situations, what healthy friendship should look and feel like, and other useful skills she could put in practice at school. I'm glad that my daughter was able to join this class."
Morrissey-Compton offered our family financial aid, which made the group accessible. My child is still learning, but his social skills are improving, and I give a lot of credit to this group. I highly recommend it and I am truly grateful for Morrissey-Compton's support, as it has been so helpful for my son."
My 11-year-old son was diagnosed last year with high-functioning autism (formerly known as Asperger's). He has always had trouble navigating social situations and been extremely reluctant and resistant to interventions. The Morrissey-Compton social skills group was wonderful. My son just completed the 5th grade group, and it was the first intervention that has had a positive impact. The consistent, relevant messaging and content was extremely helpful. The group leaders were understanding, flexible, and able to help my son engage, learn, and even thrive in the group. My son will definitely be back and I look forward to seeing more growth through each session."
I am incredibly grateful for the support of Morrissey-Compton in their efforts to support my child, particularly the financial support in making the Social Skills Group accessible, as it has been enormously helpful."
I'm so grateful for Morrissey Compton. The support my son is receiving is amazing. He started off really shy, struggling with self-esteem, and way behind in school. Over the past year and a half he's worked with some amazing women. He's now much more confident, more willing to put himself in situations where he doesn't feel comfortable, and opening himself up to learning outside his comfort zone. I'm looking forward to watching both his school performance and self-esteem continue to improve. Thank you so much for your support in making this happen!"
Morrissey-Compton was there at the right time to support my family and our son. We are fortunate to have such an organization in our community that also extends itself to provide scholarships. Without this additional benefit, we would not have been able to participate in this excellent program."