Our mission and vision

The thinkSMART program was born out of Dr. Ellis’ frustration with the lack of effective, non-medication interventions for youth with executive dysfunction, particularly (but not limited to) individuals with ADHD.  Pervasive and debilitating weaknesses in areas of organization, time management, task initiation/completion, and planning can hinder success for individuals with mood, anxiety and attention problems.   The thinkSMART program specifically targets these areas by teaching use of concrete behavioral strategies to compensate for these weaknesses. 

The skills taught in thinkSMART are intended to become habits through daily reinforcement.  Parent support is essential for skill building and habit development both in group and at home.  thinkSMART helps parents with the language to effectively communicate and prompt use of the skills with their teen. Parents play a critical role in the success of skill acquisition.  We ask that one parent attend each of the groups with their child to ensure that the strategies taught in thinkSMART are used regularly at home.