The Community Support Group is a bridge to understanding the “whole-child” 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 children 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 our young people to solve problems and build lagging skills. CPS is applicable to everyone as articulated in Dr. Green’s most recent books: Raising Human Beings and Lost and Found.
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 in the home or school setting.
Community Support Group meetings alternate with educational training and wellness sessions where participants are presented with complementary learning strategies, new tools and perspectives to better assist in the education and well-being of their families and schools. Educational training is offered in research-based methods that are not typically employed in our schools but have huge impact on students’ abilities to embrace learning, find their voice and utilize methods to produce work. Wellness sessions are a way in which to assist parents/caregivers and professionals in managing stress and strengthen resilience to meet life demands with greater ease, to more clearly solve problems, and increase patience, effectiveness and happiness. We are truly here for community support!
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 become part of a network of those who understand that “children do well if they can” and play a role in building a collaborative community!