Handling stress doesn’t have to be impossible for our kids

In today’s fast-paced world, where distractions and stressors seem to pile up daily, finding positive and effective ways to support teenagers and kids feel safe and stay happy can be quite a task. Add in neurodivergence and the challenges that come with navigating a world not set up for your unique needs and this can be even more difficult. 

Fortunately, there are things we can do to build safety and a felt sense of worth and value for everyone in our community. Through group therapy sessions here at Insight Therapies Albury / Wodonga, we help to make life easier for both parents and children, whilst fostering a healthier, more resilient mindset.

What are our neurodivergent group sessions?

Essentially, they’re structured sessions where teenagers and kids come together to engage in activities and exercises designed to enhance their self esteem, build and celebrate identity, create connections and improve overall well-being. Led by our experienced team who are highly regarded counsellors and social workers, these groups promote positive changes in confidence, identity, behaviour, cognition, and emotional regulation.

Here’s a quick overview of the key benefits these groups to consider:

Enhanced emotional regulation: Adolescence can be a trying time, marked by big emotions and heightened stress levels. Our neurodivergent groups provide a supportive environment where teens can learn effective strategies for managing their emotions such as anger management, reducing anxiety, and building resilience.

Improved social skills: Interacting with peers in a structured setting allows teenagers and kids to hone their social skills and develop meaningful connections. Through group activities and discussions, participants learn valuable communication techniques, empathy, and teamwork—all essential skills for navigating the complexities of interpersonal relationships.

Boosted confidence & self-esteem: By participating in activities that challenge them in a safe and supportive environment, teenagers and kids gain confidence in their abilities and develop a positive self-image. Celebrating achievements and milestones within the group fosters a sense of accomplishment and reinforces their self-worth.

Stress reduction & relaxation: In today’s hyper-connected world, it’s easy for teenagers and kids to feel overwhelmed by academic pressures, social expectations, and digital distractions. Our groups often incorporate relaxation techniques such as mindfulness, yoga and deep breathing, to help unwind, feel grounded and practice how to find that balance in times of need.

Academic support & cognitive enhancement: Our groups incorporate brain-training exercises and educational activities designed to sharpen cognitive skills such as memory, attention, and problem-solving. By stimulating these neural pathways, we can enhance learning outcomes and academic performance.

Sense of belonging & community: Adolescence is a time of exploration and self-discovery, but it can also be a period of loneliness and isolation. Our neurodivergent groups offer teenagers and kids who often feel very disconnected and ‘different’ a sense of belonging as they connect with others who share similar experiences and interests. This sense of community strengthens their support network and provides a valuable source of encouragement and friendship.

Group sessions here at Insight Therapies harness the power of inclusion and acceptance, supporting the holistic development of teenagers and kids in today’s often challenging world. By guiding youth and providing them with a nurturing environment for growth and exploration, we allow them to grow within themselves and build a strong sense of self-worth. As parents, educators, and community leaders, we want what is best for the children in our care. By investing in these programs that nurture the whole person rather than just focusing on finding a solution to a ‘problem’, we can make a world of difference in the lives of those we care about, paving the way for a brighter, happier and more fulfilled future.

 

For more information or bookings,  call 0492 881 360 or email info@insighttherapiesvic.com.au

 

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