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ADHD in teens

How does ADHD in teens affect social skills?

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Ever since ADHD emerged as a medical diagnosis in the late 1970s, thousands of children and teens have been diagnosed. As the years passed more research has emerged on how to help treat those affected and has given parents guides to help children navigate life. With some coaching and mild interventions, your child should be able to have a healthy and successful life.

Symptoms of ADHD in teens

Can include:

  • Inattention
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsivity 
  • These symptoms can be combined as well 
  • Because of these symptoms, children can also struggle with social skills and have difficulty making friends

My child is struggling socially. How can I help? 

As parents, it can be difficult to see your child struggle to make friends. Encouraging positive social behavior and helping to educate others on your child’s condition can help your child feel more comfortable. Some helpful actions can include: 

  • Give immediate and frequent feedback on inappropriate behavior and missed social cues
  • Focus on areas where your child is struggling with and role play social situations
  • Encourage your child to interact with a smaller group of peers to limit social anxiety
  • Reward improved social skills 

Benefits of therapy programs teaching social skills:

At residential programs like Solstice West, your child will learn how to interact with peers on a deeper level. Intensive therapy groups such as processing groups will give your child’s peers a chance to talk to your child about how their behavior is affecting the group as a whole. The milieu based therapeutic approach allows your child to learn social cues through experience with support staff guiding her. This way they can experience social interactions and have support if they begins to feel overwhelmed or confused. If you as parents have specific concerns you can talk you your therapist and treatment team to come up with a specialized plan to work on certain issues. 

emotional intelligence

How Emotional Intelligence Can be a Protective Factor for Teens with Emotional Issues

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While being able to identify negative emotions doesn’t always mean you are able to avoid them, research suggests that teenagers who can describe their negative emotions in details are more resilient when negative emotions arise. Emotional intelligence, or being more aware and understanding of your feelings, is associated with better emotion regulation. This may mean they’re more in touch with physical sensations associated with feelings and are better at noticing when they begin to feel overwhelmed, but it also means they have developed the skills necessary to process these emotions and move forward. Developing emotional intelligence can help teens reduce suffering associated with their emotional issues. 

What is Emotional Intelligence?

  • The ability to recognize your emotions
  • Understanding why you’re experiencing those emotions
  • Managing your emotions and reactions to emotional experiences
  • Being able to choose a different mood or feeling when you dislike the way you feel
  • Understanding how others might feel and why
  • Showing empathy towards others

While these are all important life skills, teenagers are still developing parts of their brains that allow them to develop this awareness. However, the emotional side of their brain has developed substantially in the past few years with their undeveloped rational side of their brain struggling the balance. This explains why many teenagers may claim to be very “in touch with their feelings,” but struggle to control the emotions they feel when they are affecting them negatively. 

According to the study, which aimed to investigate whether emotional intelligence was a result of depression or a protective factor against it, teens who struggle to differentiate between types of negative emotions are at a higher risk of experiencing symptoms of depression following stressful life events. 

How is it Beneficial?

 “Adolescents who use more granular terms such as ‘I feel annoyed,’ or ‘I feel frustrated,’ or ‘I feel ashamed’ — instead of simply saying ‘I feel bad’ — are better protected against developing increased depressive symptoms after experiencing a stressful life event,” explains Lisa Starr, a professor at the University of Rochester. “Emotions convey a lot of information. They communicate information about the person’s motivational state, level of arousal, emotional valence, and appraisals of the threatening experience. Basically, you need to know the way you feel in order to change the way you feel.”

Some outcomes of increased emotional intelligence may include:

  • Increased confidence
  • Healthier coping skills
  • More resilience
  • Healthier relationships
  • Improved social skills
  • More assertiveness
  • Better problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • Less impulsivity

Solstice Can Help

Solstice West RTC  is a residential treatment program for young girls and assigned female at birth ages 14-18 who struggle with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and/or relationship struggles. This program provides three types of therapy: individual, group, and family therapy to allow girls and assigned female at birth to explore themselves in a variety of ways. Through groups on various topics, girls and assigned female at birth learn to become more aware of their emotions and to express them appropriately to others. Solstice Residential Treatment Center is dedicated to teaching teens how to incorporate healthy habits into their lives. Students will leave with the skills they need to transition into the world feeling confident, happy, and able to manage their emotions. 

For more information about our how Solstice helps teen girls and assigned female at birth build emotional intelligence, call 866-278-3345. We can help your family today!

Year in Review-2015

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It has been an amazing year for Solstice! We have seen so much growth, healing and improvements, both in our program and in our residents. Here are just a few of the amazing things that have happened at Solstice this year!

New building

We waited patiently for many months as our new school and administration building was built. It was fully worth the wait! We are loving the custom-built classrooms, our state of the art computer lab and spacious therapy offices, as well as the abundance of new green-space throughout our campus.


We are elated about the 17 graduates we had from our program this year! Each of these girls and assigned female at birth worked hard in both therapy and school to become successful, confident young women.

Ribbon Cutting Party

Along with our new school, Solstice threw a summer party for an official ribbon cutting! Between the dunk tank, horse rides for the staffs’ children, a lip-syncing battle and food provided by the Waffle Wagon, residents, staff and their families all had a great time celebrating our new building.

San Juan trip

In May, Solstice partnered with Breakwater Expeditions to offer our first parent-child adventure therapy trip. Four Solstice families joined with a few Solstice staff to kayak the San Juan Islands. They traveled approximately 33 miles by kayak and then spent a day in Seattle to enjoy time together and practice their newly learned skills.

Employees of the year

At the end of each year we recognize an employee of the year. This year we couldn’t choose just one and our employees of the year were Recreation Director, Stacey Rosenberg, and Summer Team Director, Lacey King. We are proud to have Stacey and Lacey as part of the Solstice team!