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May Newsletter: "Why Is It So Hard to Be Your Friend?"
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This month’s newsletter is dedicated to children who have difficulty forming and maintaining friendships. We hope our articles will provide practical helps as you seek to help your child.

We will also be highlighting this topic on our Facebook page. Please take some time to join the discussion, find support and encourage others with your success stories. Together, we can help our struggling learners build lasting friendships!

 

Exclusive Insights! 
Gretchen Bolen, Discovery Therapist


Friendship Follies, or Making Friends is Hard to Do?
For too many children, school is not just torture because of learning struggles, but also because they have a difficult time making or keeping friends. These relational difficulties are often caused by those same issues that make learning harder for them than their peers. Those who have both learning and social issues are being wounded daily by well-intentioned (and too often not well-intentioned) adults in their lives, as well as by their peers who tend to shun anyone who is “different”. Below is the story of one of our educational therapists, Gretchen. Be encouraged…and don’t be shy to ask for our help!
---Donna Weston, Executive Director

 
Imagine a scrawny 4th grade girl with lopsided pigtails and bruises all over her legs. Now imagine her standing up at bat, dreading the inevitable embarrassment when she will miss the ball and find herself in the midst of the groans and complaints of her classmates. She is often the last one to get picked for any team, physically awkward, and gullible.

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Friendship Circle is a non-profit organization that provides programs and support to the families of individuals with special needs.

Great info, such as: 

12 Activities to help your child with social skills, 

5 Resources to Help your Child with Reading Comprehension,

3 Quick Tips For Language Development With Nonverbal Children

and much more!  www.friendshipcircle.org/blog


Theory Driven Sports, Music, Nutrition, Reading and Social Skills Camp for children and adolescents ages 3 - 21 with social skills deficits, including but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Social Anxiety, and Learning Disabilities and their siblings.

Camp M.A.T.E.S enhances overall physical health, increases psycho-social functioning, and provides a positive summer experience within a supportive environment.

More info: www.autismacademyofsc.org
Email:  campmates@autismacademyofsc.org
Phone: 803-929-0011 

Camp M.A.T.E.S. partners with SC DHEC for nutrition lessons. 
Wednesdays and Fridays June 2016 - August 2016
8:30 am - 3 pm
Forest Lake Presbyterian Church

 
9 Friendship Boosters - Helpful Hints for Parents
 
*It’s okay to let your child know they have a learning difference. This is nothing to be ashamed of. Help them research their learning difference and find examples of successful people with these differences.

*Teach your child how to advocate for him or herself and to educate others about the unique gifts and struggles associated with his or her differences.

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RECOMMENDED READING

It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend by Richard Lavoie

"Life without friends is a lonely and barren existence," but that's a common fate for children who fail to develop proper social skills, writes veteran special education teacher Richard Lavoie in his insightful guidebook to helping children with learning disabilities overcome social skill deficits.
"My therapist never gives up on me."


-- Discovery student, age 12



At Discovery Therapies, we work hard to prepare your student for a lifetime of learning!


 
GAME OF THE MONTH

Dude, That’s Rude Full-color cartoons and kid-friendly text teach the basics of polite behavior in all kinds of situations — at home, at school, in the bathroom, on the phone, at the mall, and more. Kids learn Power Words to use and P.U. Words to avoid, why their family deserves their best manners, and the essentials of etiquette.

You ARE what you eat!

We had a wonderful and informative evening with nutritional counselor Sue Faulk at the “Food - Brain Connection” last month!  

Stay tuned for future nutrition workshops.



 




Thanks to YOU, over $1200 was raised to provide scholarships for struggling students (despite some technical difficulties).
Words can not express our gratitude!
Thank you for helping us reach
the 1 in 5  struggling learners in the Midlands.

Discovery Therapies, Inc. is a family of educational therapists with a passion for reaching children with learning differences. Together, we have over 147 years of experience in the field of education. Together, we have a passion for unlocking the minds of struggling learners. Together, we are Discovery!
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