thinkSMART Sessions

What do we target in thinkSMART?

  • Planner use
  • Time awareness
  • Scheduling
  • To-do lists
  • Time management
  • Breaking things down
  • Task initiation
  • Increasing motivation & rewards
  • Organization
  • Long-term planning
  • Emotional control

In every session we include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Didactic instruction on skill
  • In-session practice of skill
  • Discussion of obstacles
  • Problem solving
  • At-home skill building activity
  • Weekly reminders

Some of the key ingredients to improvement!

  • Parent involvement/engagement
    • “I feel like our relationship is better because we are going through this together!  We talk about using the skills.” –Mom of 15 year old boy
  • Improved communication
    • “The other day, my mom identified that I was on a thought train [mindfulness skill], which helped me recognize this.” –14 year old boy
  • Social comparison
    • “Fine, I’ll write in my planner but only because you’re bringing us cookies if we all do it.”—13 year old girl
  • Validation of struggles
    • “wait, you forgot your backpack this week, too?”—13 year old boy
  • Effective Communication