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Schoolwork can be stressful, create tension at home and at school, and elicit tears and frustration. We have designed after school eXL Learning Labs to provide that extra help your child needs to build on social emotional, behavioral and executive function skills essential for productive personal and academic growth.

To register for group sessions, please click on the dates (see below).

Social Emotional and Academic Learning

Social Emotional Academic Learning Groups promote students’ social and emotional skills which impact student behavior and academic performance. These weekly group sessions are recommended for students ages 7-12 and provide an opportunity to acquire and effectively apply the attitude, knowledge and skills that are necessary to understand, manage and regulate emotions and behaviors. In these weekly sessions students will have the opportunity to work on important social and emotional skills like:

  • Coping with stress and anxiety related to school/homework

  • Reframing negative statements, assertiveness

  • Understanding one’s strengths and ways to build on them

  • Handling rejection, teasing and bullying

  • Coping with frustration related to learning

About the Group:

  • Group lessons are based on evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Social Thinking.

  • Instructor, Lisa Ankeny, previously ran groups at University of Denver Child and Family Clinic, JFK Partners and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Her clinical experience ensures that this is a productive, meaningful and effective group.

  • Regular attendance is imperative to promote a sense of continuity and comfort among group members.

Parent Participation: In order to most effectively translate these skills to home and school life, parent participation is highly encouraged. Parents reunite with their children for the last 15 minutes of each group to discuss goals for the upcoming week.

Ages: 7-12 years old. This group is designed for elementary and middle school students and their parents, students who have a diagnosis of a learning or attention disorder, as well as those who struggle with social-emotional concerns including ADHD, anxiety and/or depression. Individuals do to NOT need a formal diagnosis to participate.Enrollment is limited to 8 students per group.

Cost: $390 ($65 per 90 min session for a total of 6 sessions)

Time: Saturdays from 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Dates: (6 week sessions)

Questions about the group can be directed to Lisa at [email protected].

Executive Functioning Groups

Executive Functioning (EF) refers to a set of skills that allow us to organize and plan our behavior and monitor our thoughts in order to work more efficiently and effectively. The brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses. EF Groups will teach students specific, developmentally-appropriate skills and ways of thinking to help them succeed in the classroom and at home. When children have the opportunity to develop executive function skills, they experience lifelong benefits. These skills are crucial for learning and development. EF Gropus also provide the time and support needed to apply those skill and routines as students complete their own homework assignments.
  • Improving time management and organization skills

  • Coping with feeling overwhelmed with homework/academic tasks

  • Understanding one’s strengths and ways to build on them

  • Responding flexibly to changing in schedule or routine, flexible thinking

  • Initiating tasks and being able to ignore distractions and resist temptations, self-monitoring

About the Group:

  • EF Group allows students the unique opportunity to learn and practice skills  in a supportive, supervised environment making school work less stressful. This structure allows for lessons to be tailored to student’s unique needs and abilities.
  • Parents will be given a weekly topic as well as ways to practice these skills at home.
  • The first half of each session will introduce a new lesson, and the second half will be focused on applying these skills while your child completes homework.

Ages: Groups are designed for Upper Elementary students, Middle School, and High School. Enrollment is limited to 8 students per group.

Cost: $550 ($55 per 90 min session, a total of 10 sessions)

Groups for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Students
Sessions Run for 5 Weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Groups for Middle School Students
Sessions Run for 5 Weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Jan 8-Feb 7

Feb 12-March 14

March 19-April 18

April 18-May 23

Groups for High School Students
Sessions Run for 5 Weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Questions about the group can be directed to Lisa at [email protected].

If group options do not meet your needs, please contact us to schedule one-on-one sessions.