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About Academy of Physical & Social Development in Newton, MA
At Academy, we understand the importance of helping children and adolescents build self-confidence and self-esteem. Our social skills group program, individual counseling, and school-based services provide a safe, supportive, and encouraging environment for children ages 5-16. We have specifically designed the groups to match young people of similar ages, physical skill, developmental level, cognitive abilities, and social/emotional maturity, in order to foster each child's self-confidence and social skills. Our activities are structured in such a way that the children are able to have fun and experience success, all while building trust and rapport with their counselors and peers.
At Academy, we also provide parent support. Our counseling and supportive services aim to give parents the tools needed to help their children, so they can have a positive and rewarding experience. We understand that parents play an important role in helping their children build self-esteem and social skills, and we are devoted to assisting them in any way we can.
If you are a parent and your child is in need of help building self-confidence and self-esteem, look no further than Academy. Our social skills group program, individual counseling, school-based services, and parent support will ensure a safe, encouraging, and positive environment to help your child succeed.
Programs at Academy of Physical & Social Development in Newton, MA
The Academy School Year Extension Program
The school year extension program is in-person and open to those currently enrolled in the Academy group program or have interviewed with us. Children enrolled in the extension program are placed in small groups which will meet every day, and have no more than 6 members. The staff is comprised of licensed mental health clinicians and interns, specializing in working with children with varying social and emotional needs. Areas of work focus upon learning social and conversation skills, self-advocacy, risk taking, reducing anxiety, coping with transitions, developing frustration tolerance, and learning problem solving skills.
The program is designed to help boys and girls ages 5-16 develop self-confidence, self-esteem, and improve social skills. Children enrolled in an activity group are placed in groups whose members are comparable in age, physical skill, developmental level, cognitive abilities, and social/emotional maturity.
Each child's self-esteem and social skills may be enhanced because they are in a supportive, safe, encouraging environment in which rapport and trust are built up not only with the counselor but also with fellow group members. Self-confidence is also fostered by structuring the groups and activities so that each child can have fun while experiencing concrete success.
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