/rəˈzilyəns/ – an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.
Adolescence is a time of significant growth and change in multiple aspects of life. Young people are exploring a range of new settings, perspectives and behaviors, all while family influence shifts and peer influence increases. As such, we want young people to feel as grounded in “who” they are as possible, in order to meet these changes and challenges with resilience. A diagnosis of ASD can make this time even more challenging.
In the summer of 2018, we launched two new Programs at LoveU2Pieces to address the needs of our adolescent population. We developed and implemented our Resilient Girls Group at the middle school level, while also launching our Peer Partners Program (See Blog Post Here). The Resilient Girls group was designed as a safe space for girls to explore more deeply about who they are as individuals and how they want to be perceived and understood by others. Our group work focused on relationship to self and others, understanding and managing emotions, and discovering positive ways to express themselves. We integrated art into our curriculum as a means of self-expression and their pieces were beautiful! As we explored ways to manage emotions and self-calm, we journeyed to South Town Yoga for two enlightening yoga sessions with Candace Glass! We loved creating this much needed group for middle school girls!
While exploring a curriculum truly unique to this population, their experiences became even more powerful as our Peer Partners opened up and connected with the girls about their often common stressors. We were reminded once again: Universality cannot be underestimated and in the end, we truly are more alike than different.
Do you know a girl who might be a good fit for our Resilient Girls group?
Winter 2019 Session Begins Saturday, January 12!
Call Leigh at 314.526.8616 to learn more or to register!