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Director/Owner of Simply Social Kids and Author/Managing Partner of Social Success Central, LLC
Nadine Briggs, Director/Owner of Simply Social Kids (2007), a children’s social education center in Tyngsboro, MA and author/managing partner of Social Success Central, LLC (formerly How to Make and Keep Friends, LLC), is a best-selling author and an accomplished social educator. Nadine has dual graduate certifications in Coaching Children & Teens, and Coaching Children & Teens with ADHD. She has expertise and certifications in bullying and cyberbullying prevention, Foundations of Positive Psychology including learned optimism and resilience. She also holds certifications in bullying prevention through the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, Foundations of Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Coaching, and the Girl Meets World curriculum, which addresses relational aggression in girls, and sibling relationships (Sibshops). Her training includes collaborative problem solving to teach children conflict resolution and in child anxiety from the Child Anxiety Network at Boston University.
Also, Nadine holds a degree in Marketing and Industrial and Organizational Psychology from State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
Nadine’s oldest child has Down syndrome which was the catalyst for her current career. She also has a son with ADHD. She has a personal passion for helping children find true friendships. She created Simply Social Kids to provide a sensory-simple, safe, accepting environment for all children. Her goal is to help children find true friendship and connectedness.She is a parent/educator consultant and public speaker.
Founder of the Peter Pan Center for Social and Emotional Growth and Author/Managing Partner of Social Success Central, LLC
Donna Shea is the Founder of the Peter Pan Center for Social and Emotional Growth (2002) in Boxborough, MA. She holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Donna is a pioneer in the concept of a non-clinical approach to social-emotional learning. Donna’s award-winning programs have been helping children achieve social success for over sixteen years. Also, Donna has certifications in bullying prevention through the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, Foundations of Positive Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Coaching. She is also versed in the process of Collaborative Problem Solving.
Donna founded her center in response to providing parents a resource that was not available when her sons (now grown) were small. Donna brings 31 years of life experience in supporting her sons and other children and teens around the areas of ADHD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Sensory Challenges. Donna’s driving passion has always been for families of children with challenges to have a safe place to be themselves and improve the skills that will help them be more socially and behaviorally successful.
Donna has also provided professional development programming over the years to many groups and is a parent and social-emotional education consultant and is a seasoned public speaker.
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NEXT SEMINAR: March 10, 2020 10:00 0 12:00
Social Coaching to Increase Optimism and Break Down Friendship Barriers
Nadine Briggs, Director of Simply Social Kids and Managing Partner of Social Success Central, will explain how to increase optimism and resiliency while also identifying and breaking down friendship barriers. The science behind proven theories of how to increase well-being will be explored and simple exercises explained that are proven to rewire the brain to be more optimistic. Common friendship barriers will be explained with tips on how to overcome those barriers to allow for meaningful connections.
This seminar is hosted by PPal and is open and free of charge for parents/caregivers/family members/family partners that have lived experience on raising a child with mental/behavioral health needs.
The Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL) is a statewide family organization dedicated to improving the mental health and well-being of children, youth and families through education, advocacy and partnership.
NEXT SEMINAR: April 11, 2020
Social Coaching Through a Relationship Lens
Nadine Briggs, Director of Simply Social Kids and Managing Partner of Social Success Central, will explain how to increase optimism and resiliency while also identifying and breaking down friendship barriers. The seminar will review the most common friendship barriers, such as inflexibility, emotion regulation and difficulty reading social cues, that kids and teens with social challenges experience and provide tips on how to coach children and teens through those barriers.
This seminar is hosted by NeuroMomCon.
Location: Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St, Haverhill, Massachusetts 01830
You are invited to join our private Facebook group for parents,
Social Success Central. Here you will ﬁnd more tips from Donna
and Nadine, content created just for the group, and support
from other parents. It’s free to join!