Jun
11
to Aug 31

Social Skills Groups- Summer Session

Now Registering for our summer session of Social Skills Groups

Run by Clinical Psychologist, Emile Mulder, PhD

We offer 5 groups:

- Ages 5-8, Thursdays 4pm

- Ages 9-11, Thursdays 5pm

- Ages 14-18, Mondays 5pm and Mondays 6pm

- Adults, Thursdays 1pm

Session runs June 11- Aug 31

Call 616-935-7606 to register

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Nov
7
5:00 PM17:00

Sibling Support Workshop

Sibling Support Workshop

Led by Clinical Psychologist, Emile Mulder, PhD

A chance for siblings to discuss their feelings and concerns.  Dr. Mulder will facilitate this group and offer feedback and ideas.

Must pre-register by calling 616-935-7606

$20/per person

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Sep
6
10:30 AM10:30

NEW SESSION OF SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS

Now Registering for our Fall Session of Social Skills Groups

Led by Clinical Psychologist, Emile Mulder, PhD

Call 616-935-7606 to register

Group times are as listed and run from Sept 6-Dec 30

- Ages 9-12 Conversation Skills                        Wednesday's 6-6:50p

- Ages 9-12 Part 2                                            Tuesday's 5-5:50pm

- Ages 5-8 Basic Play Skills                             Wednesday's 5-5:50pm

- Ages 13-18 Social Support                            Tuesday's 6-6:50pm

- Ages 5-8  Advanced Play/Conversations     Thursday's 5-5:50pm

- Adults                                                             Thursday's 2-2:50pm

 

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Jun
15
to Jun 16

New Sessions of Social Skills Groups

Join us for our Summer Session of Social Skills Groups

Groups are led by Clinical Psychologist, Emile Mulder, PhD

We welcome typical peer role models to come at no charge

Listed below are the group sessions.  They will run once a week until the last week of August.  Call 616-935-7606 to register.

- Tuesday's 5-6pm ages 9-12

- Wednesday's 4-5pm ages 5-8

- Thursday's 3-4pm ages 9-12

- Thursday's 4-5pm ages 13-18

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May
10
to May 12

New Sessions of Social Skills Groups

Our next round of Social Skills Groups will start the week of May 10th.

This session will go from May 10- June 9.

The week of May 10 will be PARENTS ONLY.

Group days/times are:

Ages 5-8  Tuesday's 5-6pm

Ages 9-12 2 options- Wednesday's 5-6pm, Wednesday's 6-7pm

Ages 13-18 Thursday's 5-6pm

Register by calling 616-935-7606

All groups are led by Emile Mulder, PhD and require a phone consult prior if you are new to the center.  Peer mentors are encouraged to attend and are free of charge but do require pre-registration and a phone consult with Dr. Mulder.

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May
10
4:00 PM16:00

Sibling Support Workshop

Sibling Support Workshops offer siblings of children with special needs a chance to share their stories, discuss their struggles and learn skills that will help them to become valued stakeholders in a family with special needs.  

Workshop is Led by Clinical Psychologist, Emile Mulder, PhD

$15/per person

Pre-Registration is required, call 616-935-7606 

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Apr
22
6:00 PM18:00

April Teen Night!

April 22nd, 2016, 6 – 8:30pm

(note, normally these are the last Friday of the month. April 22nd is NOT the last Friday of the month).

Movies, Games, Pizza and Pop

This month's movie: Ghostbusters

Teens (12-19) are welcome to come join us for a night of board games and a movie.

  • $15 per teen
  • Space is limited, so RSVP – (616) 935-7606
  • While RSVPing – give us some suggestions on movies / activities you’d like!
  • All teens are welcome – as long as they can be reasonably well behaved in a group setting.3 separate rooms with choices of activities.
  • Pizza and pop will be offered (feel free to bring other foods if your child has dietary restrictions).
  • Several board games will be available. Feel free to bring your own as well – understanding that kids will play what they choose to play.
  • A movie will be playing in the conference room.
  • This is NOT therapy, it’s a chance to make friends, and be part of a community.
  • Parents are welcome to stay or leave their numbers and come back at the end.
  • Hosted by Clinical Psychologist LLP, Emile Mulder, PhD and Behavior Technician, Emily Parsons, B.S.
  • Call 616-935-7606 or visit us at 16930 Robbins Rd, Suite 120 to Register
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Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Community Workshop- Social Networking/Internet Safety

Presented by Clinical Psychologist, Emile Mulder, PhD

This workshop is geared towards teens with ASD and their parents.  Join us as we discuss the advantages of letting your child use social networking services to connect with peers, along with the risks that go with that and strategies for mitigating those risks.  Be advised that some difficult topics (such as sexting) will be discussed.

$20 per couple

Register by calling 616-935-7606

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Mar
25
6:00 PM18:00

Teen Night

March 25th, 2016, 6 – 8:30pm

Movies, Games, Pizza and Pop

Movie – To Be Announced

Ideas are welcome – some possibilities are: Galaxy Quest, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Serenity, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ghostbusters, The Hunger Games, Willy Wonka, Harry Potter, other suggestions…

Teens (12-19) are welcome to come join us for a night of board games and a movie.

  • $15 per teen
  • Space is limited, so RSVP – (616) 935-7606
  • While RSVPing – give us some suggestions on movies / activities you’d like!
  • All teens are welcome – as long as they can be reasonably well behaved in a group setting.3 separate rooms with choices of activities.
  • Pizza and pop will be offered (feel free to bring other foods if your child has dietary restrictions).
  • Several board games will be available. Feel free to bring your own as well – understanding that kids will play what they choose to play.
  • A movie will be playing in the conference room.
  • This is NOT therapy, it’s a chance to make friends, and be part of a community.
  • Parents are welcome to stay or leave their numbers and come back at the end.
  • Hosted by Clinical Psychologist LLP, Emile Mulder, PhD and Behavior Technician, Ken Pierson, BA
  • Call 616-935-7606 or visit us at 16930 Robbins Rd, Suite 120 to Register

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Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Community Workshop

The Balancing Act

Presented by Emile Mulder, PhD.

Join us as we discuss the things that fall by the wayside when parenting a child with special needs. How can we be parents, family members, romantic partners and individuals?

Parenting responsibilities and hassles – We’ll tell you what you already know: parenting a child with a disability is hard work! Parents will be invited to share their own hassles and how disability impacts their lives.

Strain on the family – We discuss all the things that families do together, ways that disabilities may get in the way of those activities, and ways to keep those activities in your lives.

Romantic partners – Remember dates? We discuss the importance of maintaining your romantic relationship and strategies to keep this part of your life alive.

Self – care – It’s natural to put your own needs last when your family needs you. We discuss how this can affect your family, and ways that you can balance your own needs with those of your family.

$20/per couple

Register by calling 616-935-7606

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Feb
26
6:00 PM18:00

Teen Night

Movie, Games, Pizza and Pop

Join us for Napoleon Dynamite

Teens (12-19) are welcome to come join us for a night of board games and a movie.

  • $15 per teen
  • Space is limited, so RSVP – (616) 935-7606
  • While RSVPing – give us some suggestions on movies / activities you’d like!
  • All teens are welcome – as long as they can be reasonably well behaved in a group setting.3 separate rooms with choices of activities.
  • Pizza and pop will be offered (feel free to bring other foods if your child has dietary restrictions).
  • Several board games will be available. Feel free to bring your own as well – understanding that kids will play what they choose to play.
  • A movie will be playing in the conference room.
  • This is NOT therapy, it’s a chance to make friends, and be part of a community.
  • Parents are welcome to stay or leave their numbers and come back at the end.
  • Hosted by Clinical Psychologist LLP, Emile Mulder, PhD and Behavior Technician, Ken Pierson, BA
  • Call 616-935-7606 or visit us at 16930 Robbins Rd, Suite 120 to Register
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Jan
4
7:00 PM19:00

Community Workshop: Understanding Behaviors

Understanding Behaviors

Presented by: Emile Mulder, Ph.D.

We will discuss how behaviors help children to meet their needs. Using this knowledge, we can set goals to help change behaviors. This topic is recommended for parents and anyone who works with children.

Topics addressed include:

Functions of behaviors - Most behaviors help to meet a legitimate need. We go through the most common needs: medical, escape, attention, tangible and sensory, and discuss how we can recognize those needs.

The Three Term Contingency – We discuss how we can look at a behavior, what happened before it (Antecedent or trigger) and what happened afterwards (consequence) to give us a clue about its functions.

Context and Setting Events – Often, behaviors seem random – they happen in one situation one day and the next they don’t. Taking a broader look, and considering things like fatigue, hunger and mood can help make behaviors more predictable and less random.

Choosing replacement skills – Knowing why behaviors are happening allows us to start choosing the sorts of replacement skills that will make those behaviors unnecessary. This will lead into the following workshop – Positive Parenting Strategies, where we will discuss ways to teach these skills.

 

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