Chris Abildgaard

Don’t Forget to Pack a Social Backpack

From August to early September there were many articles on things parents can do to help prepare their sons and daughters for that return back to the classroom.  However, there are so many social...
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New School Year: Avoid the Assumption Trap

As the summer days come to an end, we are all thinking about the start to another school year. Parents are doing back to school shopping, talking with their children about the new school year,...
Online Social Skills

Embrace Social Media: Tips to Promote Healthy Social Choices when Logging On

This article was co-authored by Samantha Hill, M.S, Erica Ciarciello, B.S. and Erin Malafronte, B.A. All are Clinical Associates of the Social Learning Center and have trained, worked and collaborated with Mr. Abildgaard on...
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“Social Downloading”: Three Tips to Teach Kids Appropriate Timing

Have you ever come up with what you thought was a great therapeutic tool, only to discover your thinking on the topic needed a little more flushing out? This article is a great example...
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Three Tips to Make Social Concepts “Click”

Developing “friends” and true “friendships” are processes that take years as well as various experiences. It relies on one having the ability to connect with others on a personal level.  Many of the clients...
Goal Setting

New Years, Goal Setting and our Learning Style

It's that time of year again! My goal for 2014 will be to lose 20 pounds!  That's a great goal on many levels, but what is my plan for achieving my desired end result? ...
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4 Tips For Establishing a Peer Mentoring Program in Your School or Clinical Setting

Are you a "people watcher"? Did you ever ask yourself, "why do we watch people?" We believe we watch people to learn what to do or say in a certain situation, to learn what...

A Day at Monster Jam: Tips for Preparing “those” Summer Events

Summer is a time many families are looking for those fun, high interest activities to do with their kids. As a counselor, one of the biggest fears I often hear from parents is, “We...

“My Plan vs. Your Plan”: Seven Tips for Parents to Promote a Shift in...

It's summertime! It’s a time for cookouts, evening swims, and family vacations. Summer is full of “plans”. But what if you live with a son or daughter who gets stuck on their own plans!? In...