The Community Support Group is a bridge to understanding the “whole-person” and the fact that we all learn differently. The group was established in 2008 to introduce parents and educators to the work of Dr. Ross W. Greene and his Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach for working with young people of all ages and abilities who exhibit varying degrees of challenging behavior. Dr. Greene’s books: The Explosive Child and Lost At School were written to guide parents and professionals in working with their children or students to solve problems and build lagging skills. CPS is applicable to everyone as articulated in Dr. Green’s most recent and updated books: Raising Human Beings and Lost and Found.
Education, support and resources are provided for parents and professionals based on the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach. Participants come to see how learning and behavior are interconnected and benefit from concepts in positive psychology including how to remedy learned helplessness and cultivate learned optimism. Become part of a community who understands that “children do well if they can”. And, how we can all learn and grow together.
Our young people have a range of abilities and needs (as we all do!). Along with their strengths, they may have a specific or comorbid disability such as ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, Asperger Syndrome/Autism, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and/or Anxiety including OCD. They may also be highly gifted with any of the above diagnoses (together defined as “2e: Twice Exceptional”). Empathy and understanding are a good starting point to working with our young people (and one another), drilling deeper into the nature of lagging skills and the cause(s) of problem situations so that they may be solved durably!
We feature clinical and educational professionals as facilitators. Our Community Support Group format is an Open Forum that may include video training modules created by Dr. Greene to guide those attending our meetings in improved usage of the CPS approach. Learn how to identify and resolve unsolved problems and recognize and improve lagging skills that interfere with academic performance, social relationships, or general life functioning. Participants may connect with one another through open discussion and receive resource information and support towards specific concerns whether it be at home or in the school setting.
Community Support Group meetings provide a range of complementary learning methods, new tools and perspectives to better assist in the education and well-being of their families and schools. We strive to assist parents/caregivers and professionals in managing stress and strengthening resilience to more clearly solve problems and utilize strategies that lead to better self-care.
Between meetings, be sure to check out the Respecting, Responding To and Working With Our Long Island Kids, a resource page specifically created for Community Support Group members and the local Long Island Community to further the learning and stay connected! We welcome you to play a role in building a collaborative community.