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Director/Owner, Nadine Briggs
Nadine Briggs, Director of Simply Social Kids and managing partner of Social Success Central, LLC (formerly How to Make and Keep Friends, LLC) is a best-selling author and an accomplished social educator. Nadine has dual graduate certifications in Coaching Children & Teens and Coaching Children & Teens with ADHD. She has expertise and certifications in bullying and cyberbullying prevention, Foundations of Positive Psychology including learned optimism and resilience, and sibling relationships (Sibshops). Her training includes collaborative problem solving to teach children conflict resolution and training in child anxiety at the Child Anxiety Network at Boston University. She is certified in the Girl Meets World curriculum which addresses relational aggression in girls and in Cognitive Behavioral Coaching.
Nadine’s oldest child has Down syndrome which was the catalyst for her current career. She also has a son with ADHD. She has a personal passion for helping kids find true friendships. She created Simply Social Kids to provide a sensory-simple, safe, accepting environment for all kids. Her goal is to help kids find true friendship and connectedness.
As Managing Partner Social Success Central (formerly known as How to Make and Keep Friends, LLC), she co-authored the best selling How to Make & Keep Friends: Tips for Kids to Overcome 50 Common Social Challenges, How to Make & Keep Friends: Helping Your Child Achieve Social Success, I Feel Mad! Tips for Kids on Managing Angry Feelings, I Feel Worried! Tips for Kids on Overcoming Anxiety, Tips for Teens on Life and Social Success and I Need to Win! Tips for Kids on Good Sportsmanship. She is a parent/educator consultant and public speaker.
Social Coach, Jesse Lowe
Jesse Lowe is a seasoned family counselor and educator with extensive experience in social skills instruction with children from preschool to high school. She holds a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch New England Graduate School and a Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Community Studies from Lesley University. She is a certified Leave No Trace educator through the National Outdoor Leadership School. Jesse is also a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. Jesse has facilitated social skills groups with young children, grade school students, and high school students in a variety of roles, including early childhood educator, school adjustment counselor and family outreach therapist. She has worked at a therapeutic day school for children with different diagnoses that impacted their social development. There she collaborated with their teachers, families and outside providers to bring out their optimal social engagement across environments. A mother of two, Jesse has homeschooled her children, participating in local homeschool cooperatives. She enjoys outdoor adventures, gardening, and taking care of her flock of backyard chickens with her family.
Social Coach, Shannon Keele
Shannon Keele has a Masters in School Counseling/ Family Counseling and an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Shannon has worked with children since she was 14 years old. Shannon currently works as a guidance counselor in Bedford Public Schools helping children with social skills and emotion regulation. She has extensive experience working with children from all age groups and loves to give each child their best chance. She is certified in the Mindful School curriculum. She has experience working with small groups on increasing self-esteem and confidence, assisting with friendship problems, teaching empathy and optimism, kindness, coping skills for anxiety, and bullying prevention. Shannon believes teaching children social skills and kindness sets a solid foundation for future success. In her free time, Shannon enjoys gardening, running and hiking, and spending time in Arizona visiting her family.
Social Coach, Jennifer Bellissimo
Jennifer Bellissimo has lifelong career serving others. Her masters in criminal justice led to a career in law enforcement for 18 years before retirement, Jennifer served as a detective in the Special Services Division with a focus on Family Services and Special Populations. It is through this position, along with her experiences as a parent of two daughters, that she found her passion in helping kids develop their strengths and establish strong relationships. Jennifer worked in law enforcement for nearly two decades. She was a liaison at Lighthouse School where de-escalated situations with students who struggled with emotion regulation. Jennifer evaluated instances of bullying and determined the course of action with an understanding of the population she served. She worked with many at-risk families and children with behavioral and social challenges.
Jennifer is on track to receive her Doctorate of Counseling and School Psychology at Rivier University. When not at Rivier University or Simply Social, Jennifer spends as much time as she can with her daughters and husband exploring what the world has to offer.
Social Coach, Erin Putnam
Erin Putnam has been an educator for over ten years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Emotional/Behavioral Disturbance in Youth from Rivier University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development with certifications in Elementary Education and General Special Education. She started her career working one-on-one with students who have autism in the middle school setting. During the summers she worked in the Extended School Year program teaching social skills to students in middle school and high school. Erin then started working for the Nashua NH School District as a special education teacher for 5 years. She has been a first grade teacher for the past 4 years. Erin has been trained in Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and Zones of Regulation. She is certified in Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI). Erin has always had a passion for helping others be their best self through teaching social skills. Erin also enjoys reading, being outdoors and spending time with her husband and three children.
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About Simply Social Kids
Simply Social Kids offers social skills groups in an accepting, welcoming environment where kids make social connections and form lasting friendships.
Simply Social Kids programs are successful in teaching kids ages 5-17 skills that are easily generalized into other environments. The proprietary social skills program infuses a combination of home-grown in-the-moment social coaching techniques with proven strategies to coach kids overcome barriers to friendship delivered in an unstructured environment. Children are taught strategies to develop optimism and resilience while managing anxiety.
Kids who attend Simply Social Kids programs have a great time in the groups and often don’t realize that they’re learning friendship skills. The kids are taught social lessons through game play and recess-like activities. Parents report social successes at school, playgrounds, with family, and in the community due to skills learned.
Simply Social Kids programs are offered at their home-base in Tyngsboro, MA.
- Social skills groups for kids ages 5 – teens
- 1:1 Coaching for teens and/or young adults who are not able to attend a group
- Long-distance coaching for teens and young adults
- Books – How to Make & Keep Friends: Tips for Kids to Overcome 50 Common Social Challenges and How to Make & Keep Friends: Helping Your Child Achieve Social Success, I Feel Mad! Tips for Kids on Managing Angry Feelings, I Feel Worried! Tips for Kids on Overcoming Anxiety, Tips for Teens on Life and Social Success and I Need to Win: Tips for Kids on Good Sportsmanship.
- Seminars on Friendships, Siblings, Social Advocacy, Bullying Prevention, Social Media and more
- Social Success in Schools Bullying Prevention Program for schools (click for seminar list)
- Parent/Educator Consulting
- Sibshop Facilitation
- Simply Social Kids Summer Program
Contact Nadine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-764-2758 for more information or to join our e-newsletter list. Fax 978-727-8191.