As we all know, working with adolescents and teens can be both challenging and rewarding. I hope you tried my strategy to control behaviors in the speech and classroom (you can read about it here). To increase motivation and engagement, I’ve
found that it is important to shift the focus of responsibility for what
happens during therapy sessions from the therapist onto the group. Establishing guidelines and discussing
expectations at the beginning of the year sets the tone for the group and is
critical to the success of future sessions.
did not have guidelines for group communication. We also discuss how guidelines and expectations are the
same and different. I try to encourage examples of
situations where guidelines and expectations have to be followed.
for the group’s interaction. Sometimes
the concept of brainstorming needs to be clarified. I explain that the term means “thinking of as
many ideas as possible that go with a particular concept.” Each idea generated is written for all
participants to see. Initially, everything is included without judgement.
After all ideas have been listed, the group decides which of the
suggested responses will be kept and why.
in the activity. Was working as a group
to do the activity comfortable? If some
members didn’t participate, what held them back? How might the group expectations change over
which is mounted for easy reference. Expectations are added or modified as needed and as the group decides.
do you identify guidelines for communication during group interaction when
working with adolescents and teens?