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It Takes Two to Co-regulate

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It Takes Two to Tango Co-regulate By Sushi Frausto, M.A. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT#101031)   We hear the word self-regulation a lot these days, but what does it mean? Self-regulation is the process during which we manage our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in order in to meet our needs. It involves managing one’s…

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BREAKING NEWS FROM SUPERFLEX ACADEMY!

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Space Invader is on the loose! Space Invader is an Unthinkable that is skilled at invading the brains of citizens everywhere. Be on the lookout for these signs of the Space Invader. The Space Invader will be seen moving into someone else’s personal space without noticing where their body is! Space Invader is known to make…

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Art as a Way to Advance Higher Order Thinking Skills

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Art as a Way to Advance Higher Order Thinking Skills By Sushi Frausto, LMFT Participating in artistic processes builds skills that can lead to success in many areas of our lives.  Being creative requires our brain to use higher order thinking skills.  Higher order thinking refers to complex thinking that requires numerous cognitive processes to…

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Art as Language

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Art as Language: Enriching Communication Through Art By Sushi Frausto, LMFT To say art is a language is, in reality, a bit misleading.  Art is a process of communication that includes language but moves beyond the grammatical and linguistic limits of language.  Art is an overarching term often commonly used for all expressive and creative…

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Art as a Tool for Self-Regulation

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Art as a Tool for Self-Regulation By Sushi Frausto, LMFT Self-regulation is a person’s ability to adjust, control and manage themselves in a given situation.  Self-regulation includes: Being self-aware of what is going on within yourself Modulating one’s emotional & physical reactions Adjusting to the situation Using one’s cognitive abilities to meet the task at…

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25 Weekly Groups for All Ages!

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Give your daughter – and yourself – the support needed to thrive! Dear friends and colleagues, I’m proud to lead our Child and Adolescent Group Therapy Program at the Institute. As you’re updating your schedules for 2019, we wanted to offer a helpful overview of our current group therapy options – in a concise format…

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Gratitude Paper Chains

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GRATITUDE PAPER CHAINS Create a Gratitude Chain with your family. Use colored paper and pre-write a gratitude prompt on each link. Then, tape the links together and hang the chain. Each day, remove one link – maybe during a family dinner – and everyone can answer that prompt. Some prompt ideas: Name a food, game, friend, trip,…

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Embracing Gratitude

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EMBRACING GRATITUDE Thanksgiving is the holiday most associated with gratitude, but you can engage in the practice of gratitude all year long! After all, gratitude has been associated with greater happiness, better health and sleep, improved self-esteem, lasting relationships, and more. So why isn’t gratitude a regular habit for so many of us? Sure, sometimes it’s…

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Does your daughter experience big feelings?

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Some of us are born with higher levels of emotional sensitivity than others and experience emotions on a particularly profound level. These individuals are sometimes referred to as “super-sensors” or highly sensitive. There are upsides to being a super-sensor with big feelings, such as the capacity to feel compassion for others very deeply. There can…

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