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Is your child a little socially awkward?

Do they have Asperger’s or other diagnosed social issue?

Are they anxious in social settings? Is recess stressful for them?

Are you worried about their self-esteem?

Are you concerned about bullying?

can help!

"Her knowledge, talent, patience and kindness is absolutely incredible.
Her real life experiences and passion for kids has helped us gain the
knowledge of how to coach all kids in social situations. Her Social
Classes are truly amazing and have filled an incredible need in our
community. Our Boys & Girls Club is becoming a better place because
of Nadine Briggs!"


Wendy Allegrone-Leslie
Executive Director
Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley

Simply Social Kids provides support to kids who are challenged by social interactions. All kids will struggle socially at some point during their childhood; however others experience more frequent and consistent social awkwardness. Some children, particularly those with certain types of special needs, have a very difficult time making friends, developing solid friendships, and keeping friends. Simply Social Kids provides assistance to kids of all abilities to improve their social skills. For some children, a little fine-tuning is all that is needed, and for others, a long term, consistent approach with role playing and practice is necessary.

Simply Social Kids is located at One Industrial Way Unit 4, Tyngsboro, MA 01879.  You may reach us at (978) 764-2758 .

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August 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Information Night Sept. 3 - Win a Free Friendship Book http://conta.cc/1qO6Anq

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Information Night Sept. 3 - Win a Free Friendship Book

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Please join me in welcoming Gabrielle Walter to Simply Social Kids!  Gabrielle is a skilled Administrative Assistant.  She has worked for over 19 years for several different organizations and companies. Gabrielle is very excited to have the opportunity to work for Simply Social Kids.  As a parent of…

Simply Social Kids
August 28, 2014 at 7:13 am

I highly recommend this web site. These guys are great!

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Don't Teach People With Asperger's Social Skills (First)

Don't teach people with Asperger's social skills (I explain why in this video)

http://www.aspergerexperts.com/themistake

It all has to do with the "Asperger's Sensory Funnel"

Watch this short video to learn why teaching someone with Asperger's social skills should be one of the LAST things you do, and exactly what to do instead to cause rapid growth in someone with AS.

We're 2 people diagnosed with Asperger's, and in addition to this video, we've put together a free video series that shows you the #1 mistake people make when working with those with AS.

Are you making this mistake? Find out here: http://www.aspergerexperts.com/themistake

This has gotten great results for a lot of parents, and hopefully it will for you as well.

Let us know what you think, and please share this with those who need it.

To get the first free video, "#1 Mistake People Make When Working With Those With Asperger's", click the link below:

http://www.aspergerexperts.com/themistake

Length: 4:09

Simply Social Kids
August 23, 2014 at 7:18 am

Great message

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Know Your Circle. The truth about Relationships. Please share this Trent Shelton video because someone needs it. #AllTimeFavorite #RehabTime

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Simply Social Kids
August 13, 2014 at 1:39 pm

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We're Hiring!

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Simply Social Kids
August 12, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Check our latest review! Thanks Christa!

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"Great Toolfor Kids" a review of: How to Make & Keep Friends: Tips...

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Christa G Hill says: This is the best book. I have kids age rang 7-12 and they all have read it and we discuss it together. It's a great tool,...

Simply Social Kids
August 10, 2014 at 9:50 pm

We were just talking about this with our Tweens & teens last week!

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The middle school ‘cool kids’ are not alright

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Normal early teen shenanigans of middle school kids might spell trouble for their adult lives.

Simply Social Kids
August 8, 2014 at 8:19 am

Fall Registration Opens August 11 http://conta.cc/1oiM8z4

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Fall Registration Opens August 11

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July 25, 2014 at 8:39 pm

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Free guinea pig! Trent Briggs developed an allergy to the little fella so he's not able to give him the attention he deserves. Cage, hay and food included. He likes cuddles and salads!

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Simply Social Kids
July 9, 2014 at 6:36 am

Well said & true for virtually ever kid who attends SSK.

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Anxiety is inevitable when you don’t “fit in”

When you are a stranger in a strange land, always trying to “fit in”, making yourself something that you are not, and having trouble understanding what is going on around you, anxiety is inevitable. When you are constantly trying to “guess” what is needed, having trouble reading what is expected and continually out of sync with the world around you, your nervous system will naturally be anxious and insecure. When normal daily activities present constant “uncertainty” about what to expect and what is expected of you, you will always be “on guard” and anxious about “not getting it”.

Because of processing differences, our world simply moves way too fast for most people on the spectrum. Our world is too vague, with too many invisible, unwritten social rules for them to feel safe and secure. Simply trying to “figure out” what comes natural for most of us are very stressful and draining on their nervous systems. When the nervous system becomes drained, it is more sensitive and anxious. In this state of disorganization, the nervous system becomes taxed and coping skills deteriorate, leaving the vulnerable nervous system weak and anxious. For many on the spectrum, simply trying to regulate and “fit in” to our world will in and of itself create high anxiety.

Research has shown that people on the spectrum, even in their relaxing state, have much higher anxiety chemicals in their nervous system. There thresholds for fight or flight (panic) are much lower than ours. Because of their limited ability to understand our world, they are under constant anxiety just stepping out in our fast paced life. When your processing abilities do not match the demands placed on it, the nervous system is bound to be stressed and taxed. When continually overwhelmed, your nervous system begins to habitually fear being put in situations that may tax it. Any new situation could be overwhelming. So, the nervous system stays on “high alert” for any situations that could threaten it.

To effectively lower anxiety, we need to better match the demands of daily living to the processing abilities of the person. We need slow things down, make them more concrete and visible, and allow the child time to process at his own pace. We need to start by evaluating the processing abilities of the child and building the accommodations needed to better match the environmental demands to his processing abilities. As the children becomes older we need to teach them to empower themselves by recognizing what their nervous systems need, advocating for the accommodations they require to stay regulated, and teach them effective coping skills for dealing with potential overwhelming situations. Just being aware that the normal daily demands of our culture are overwhelming for the child, allows us to better understand why they are so vulnerable and to be better able to support them in reducing their anxiety.

Simply Social Kids
July 2, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Minecraft Club Starts Tomorrow - few slots left http://conta.cc/1m8OKgw

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Minecraft Club Starts Tomorrow - few slots left left

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Kids socialize virtually in Minecraft worlds so come enjoy the game while learning online manners or "netiquette".  Kids will need their own laptop or tablet with power cord and they must have a Minecraft account.  We plan to use the AutCraft server so kids should pre-register to use this site by re…