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Like many children, those with epilepsy can struggle to learn, make friends, and develop a positive self-concept. The Mass General Thrive program provides opportunities for our patients to engage in fun activities make friends and develop more effective executive functioning skills.
We strive to foster executive functioning skills that consist of the ability to control impulsive behaviors, control emotions and stay focused. As these abilities develop, the child is then able to build more advanced skills that include reasoning, problem solving and planning, each of which is important for a child to thrive in school and in life. We promote activities that are enjoyable, increase a sense of belonging, involve physical activity and help reduce stress support the development of executive functions. The Thrive activity schedule is developed with these goals in mind.
Stress Management and Resiliency Training
Develop Lifelong Techniques for Managing Stress and Anxiety.
In this 1-session workshop, you will learn:
Leadership: This program is led by Leigh Horne-Mebel, LICSW, the Social Worker for the Herscot Center.
Doggonit: Epilepsy is Ruff
During this 6 week session, adolescent epilepsy patients will work with a certified trainer to train rescue dogs twice per week. The goal of this activity is to improve the quality of life for both patients and dogs. The adolescents and rescue dogs will learn from each other as they work together and teach each other valuable life skills.
Rowing on the Charles
Join other families and members of our staff for a fun day out on the Charles River. This activity pushes patients to tackle something new, and to build confidence & teamwork! A picnic will follow, please bring your own snacks.
Ketoween: Halloween for our patients on Dietary Therapy
Wear your costumes and come celebrate with crafts and spooky fun! This year's event will be at the Museum of Science in Boston. Kids will have access to the museum for the full day following the event.
NEW Virtual Parent Group
We know how busy life can be as a parent, therefore, we are trying out a format change for our Parent group. We hope that conducting this group virtually will make participation easier for those near and far. We will also be changing our format by introducing a different topic for each session. Each meeting will start with a presentation on the topic and then an opportunity for questions and open discussion.
Parent groups offer parents the opportunity to share their experiences as well as to develop strategies to help their child manage difficulties with attention and emotional behavioral dysregulation. This group, led virtually by our Pediatric Epilepsy Social Worker and Nurse, will be held the first Thursday of every month. Please call our office for more details: 617-724- 2954.
NEW Virtual Adolescent Social Group
Connect with peers over common interests: tv shows, books, movies, sports. This virtual group allows our adolescent patients to connect with each other in a low pressure online setting. This group will be guided by our Social worker and Nursing staff.
This activity will serve to allow anxious or shy patients to ease into a social setting; peers that may be going through similar experiences due to their medical condition. Each 4 week session will focus on a different topic.
Please call our office for more details: 617-724- 2954.
Double H: Hole in the Woods Ranch
Camps offered through Epilepsy Foundation of New England
Camp Courage--Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut
Camp Matty: Therapeutic Horseback Riding (registration coming soon)
Sailing Camp (registration coming soon)
Camp Frank a Day (registration coming soon)
Adventure Day Camps (registration coming soon):
Thrive is continually creating webinars to provide information about epilepsy, the cognitive, learning and psychosocial issues often associated with the disorder, educational challenges and solutions. All webinars are available for viewing on our Thrive website.
THRIVE - The Galler Family Story
Watch the Video
To ensure your donation supports Pediatric Epilepsy, select donor designation and type in “Thrive”.
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