Herb Hein Shares Cognitive Strategies in His Interview with Dan Gardner, M.D.: Learning to Be Successful with the "New Me" After Traumatic Brain Injury
Listen to Herb Hein talk about his experience and advice regarding speech-language-cognitive treatment for traumatic brain injury, in his interview with Dan Gardner, M.D.
Our social emotional learning program, Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterActions, is being integrated into the programming of ClubXcite, a San Diego mentoring and tutoring company for students with academic, social, emotional and behavioral challenges!
Club Xcite provides quality, innovative educational services for schools and families in San Diego County seeking personalized academic, social, emotional and behavioral solutions. Club Xcite loves our newly published social skills curriculum! They will be integrating the key concepts, worksheets and lessons from the Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterActions Social Literacy Program to use with all students in their Mindful Adventures Summer Camp. This specialized camp provides opportunities to learn and apply new social and emotional skills in fun and engaging outings with experienced social and executive functioning coaches. Read more…
A unique, powerful component of the Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterActions Social Literacy Program is that it explicitly provides powerful words that are thoughts we find in our brain to help us make the best choices for ourselves and the other people in our lives. Guiding G.R.E.E.N. Thoughts are integrated throughout the program's lessons and multisensory activities. We learn to survey the scene to see who else is on our Home, Classroom, Friendship or Work Teams and consider our Common Team Goals. We then can read the printed Guided G.R.E.E.N. Thoughts to use "in the moment", reminding us to choose our best words and actions to make positive connection with others.
One of the most useful strategies of the Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterActions Social Literacy Program is to develop mutually beneficial Common Team Goals with the people with whom we interact. We consider that the other people around us are part of our Team, whether it is our Home Team, Classroom Team, Friendship Team, Work Team or even Community Team. With the others on our Teams, we decide what the Common Team Goals might be and write these down so they can be referred to as often as needed so that our individual actions help to achieve them.
A Social Transformation: Young Man with Autism Overcomes Self-Distraction & Impulsivity to Display Positive Interactions
Through explicit lessons, visual strategies, personally relevant role-playing and goal self-assessment, Max learns he is part of a Team and learns to monitor his attitude and his language to interact in a easygoing, positive manner. In just five months, he progresses from acting in an impulsive, negative manner to controlling himself to think first and choose positive words for interacting with his Team.
This year, I have been providing weekly treatment with a small group of students in a Transition Class in a San Diego County high school district. These 18-19-year-old students are involved in vocational training and learning independent living skills. I used
Just like the song says on Herb Hein's album, "Songs for Guiding G.R.E.E.N. Thoughts", it's time to "Keep the Civil in Civilization, by Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterActions. We can make action choices to be our better selves in a better world!
What do we mean by Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterActions? To make our InterActions G.R.E.E.N., we guide ourselves to Think First when we are with others around us to make our best choices to act Grateful, Respectful, Empathetic, Easygoing and Navigating (G.R.E.E.N.) .
Annette shows how the Growing G.R.E.E.N. visual strategies help her engage with the outside world.
When people ask me whether I have proof that Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterActions Social Literacy Program has been effective, I review the variety of positive changes that I have witnessed in the students and clients I've worked with since I started to develop the program in 2011 at the San Diego Center for Children, a school for students with emotional challenges.
I am pleased to say that after seven years of working on developing the Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterActions Social Literacy Program and using it in classrooms and clinical practice, the program books are printed and the hands-on items are ready for sharing with teachers, therapists, counselors and parents around the country! The program can be ordered through our on-line shop.
We are excited to share our social literacy program with you. Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterActions is an innovative tool to help people become their better selves in a better world. Watch our introductory video to get a taste of what our program is all about. Check out the on-line store at our website to order this program.
After decades at our old office, we now are able to celebrate having enjoyed one year in our magnificent new one! Much gratitude to all our clients! We also thank all of our colleagues and friends who made our first Open House a great event. A lively crowd braved the rainy weather to join us for an evening of tasty food and champagne, great music by the folk duo Jeff & Herb and warm friendship. We were also very excited to announce our freshest new idea, the Growing G.R.E.E.N. Interactions Social Literacy Program. This groundbreaking program with its Interactive Toolbox has already brought profound improvements to clients in our private practice as well as the students in private school classrooms where it was initially developed. It has proven to be effective in getting the participants to act G.R.E.E.N.: Grateful, Respectful, Empathetic, Easygoing and Navigating. We are now working hard to make it available to therapists, educators, counselors, home schooling parents and others. Learn more at our Guiding G.R.E.E.N. Interactions page and ... listen to some of the original music we've created as part of the program. Again, thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us!
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Herb and Joanne Hein