Building Social Confidence: Social Coaching for Middle and High School Students in NYC

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1139 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn

4.9 56 reviews

  • Avatar Emily Matles ★★★★★ a week ago
    We would highly recommend Ally! Our son always asks about her, so very thankful to Brooklyn Letters for introducing us.
    ~ Emily, mom of Brooklyn 2 year old
  • Avatar Natalie Levon ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Nicole has been an amazing therapist!! She played a tremendous role in our daughter’s speech progress and overall development. She has come such a long way and we are so happy with the therapy she received!
  • Avatar T Ainsley ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    I cannot express how grateful and rewarding my experience with Brooklyn Letters has been. Her tutor Ms. Daria is so knowledgeable, amazing, kind and awesome. My daughter has made so much progress in Literacy and Math and it's all … More thanks to Ms. Daria. I know my daughter is sad that she can no longer work with Ms. Daria, as she looked forward to their sessions every week. Thank you again!
  • Avatar Jackie Vasquez ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Excellent services, caring therapists.
  • Avatar Lil Amatore ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Christina was absolutely wonderful. She went out of her way to win my son over and it worked. He looked forward to her visits and his speech improved so much under her care. She was super flexible and it’s clear she truly cares. We adore … More Christina and we’re going to miss her. Almost sad he improved so much! She’s simply amazing and we can’t say enough how great she is. I would recommend her services to anyone and everyone, without hesitation. Thank you so much for connecting us with her!
  • Avatar Colin Peters ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    We could not be happier with the services Valerie provided! She is very thoughtful and knowledgeable and provided significant guidance to support our daughter's speech development outside of our scheduled sessions. She established … More a great working relationship with her, and she will definitely be missed! Your business model is amazing and it was an absolute pleasure working with Valerie. I've referred your organization and Valerie to the Executive Director of our daughter's school and friends/colleagues who are in need of speech therapy services.
  • Avatar Heather Liljengren ★★★★★ a year ago
    We cannot say enough good things about Effie, the ASL teacher, who was so engaged and effective with our 2 year old daughter from the very first session! Effie gladly included our whole family in the sessions! Her expertise and fantastic … More personality gave our daughter a way to communicate that she was so desperately seeking. The coordinators at Brooklyn Letters were so helpful and communicative…I would highly recommend their services!
  • Avatar Chris duke Fields ★★★★★ a month ago
    The company is great with outstanding customer service. They keep my horses protected. I have recommended them to other horses trainers as well that are going to get service early next year. Very professional an honest too. Respectfully … More submitted Christopher
  • Avatar Nikhil Jaisinghani ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Ron and Ken did a fantastic job with our security system today. Installed everything very quick. Both of them were very polite and asked us throughout if the installation met our needs. Simply fantastic!
  • Avatar Linda Parsley ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    I called Cornerstone Protection to get a Security system at a relatives out of state property, within a week it was installed! The installers worked with the client to help understand her new system and she was happy! Our relative said … More they were courteous, professional and patient! I highly recommend Cornerstone Protection for all of your security needs!
  • Avatar Amanda Clay Mackin ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Had blink cameras; Car was broken into multiple times so I called CornerStone & they were able to install multiple cameras very quickly & for a reasonable price. I am so happy with the app & getting alerts that are not superfluous, … More like they were with Blink. Highly recommend CornerStone & the tech Ronnie.
  • Avatar Pete Peters ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Ron and Ken are great guys to work with.
    Both were very knowledgeable and got our system back up and running.
    Thanks to both for a job well done...
  • Avatar Brigid Bower ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    Samantha Dalmas was fantastic! We saw her for a feeding therapy evaluation and while she doesn’t think my daughter needs more feeding therapy sessions at this time, but she gave me lots of tips to try. If my daughter's doctors want … More to see more progress at her next appointment, I wouldn’t hesitate to reach out to Samantha again.
  • Avatar Larry Barton ★★★★★ a year ago
    Amazing assistance provided by Shannon today on my security system. I’m so grateful for your prompt, efficient, professional, and courteous service. Put me down as a customer for life!
  • Avatar Megan Haller ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    One of the most painless experiences I've had. They came on time and was over the moon professional with still keeping a level of personability to it. The gentleman also went out of his way to say that my husband and Mines business … More was appreciated. Which is actually rare to be appreciated by such a great company. So thank you and we look forward to continuing services with this company.
  • Avatar Megan Magsam ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I am so happy we decided to go with cornerstone. They were quick and efficient. Shannon and the installer we very friendly. We got a lot of equipment and it was still within our budget. 10/10 would definitely recommend! Thank you
  • Avatar Collins Youngblood ★★★★★ a year ago
    Love the customer service and Shanon and his team go above and beyond for my restaurant. Couldn't of asked for a better security system and level of service that his team provides.
  • Avatar kanu patel ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I have been using Cornerstone Protection service for over 5 years and I'm really happy with the service and state-of-the-art equipments and it's futures are so much in advance and friendly, I highly recommend Cornerstone Protection … More Service any and all business that need a security protection days and nights specially after business hours(Cornerstone Protection is perfect solution for your business). Owner of Cornerstone Protection is proactive with their customers and their equipments. Good experienced with Cornerstone Protection!!!
    Kanu Patel
  • Avatar Liz Jones ★★★★ 2 years ago
    We had a very positive experience with Alissa as a tutor for our pod of 5th grade boys from January - June 2020. She cared a lot about the boys and worked hard to create meaningful activities for them. The pod experience was invaluable … More for all of our families during a difficult year and we were so grateful to have found this partnership! We also want to appreciate Craig for helping to match us with a tutor on very short notice after we had cycled through a few folks who were not able to see the commitment through. Thanks for sticking with us!
  • Avatar S CL ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Dusty was the exact person we needed to help our child finish out the school year. So grateful to him for the way he steadily encouraged her and helped her stay on track and organized. He is flexible, responsive to our needs/schedule as … More a family, and a delight to be with. We are also thankful that Craig at Themba Tutors really "gets it" and partnered us with such a wonderful tutor who was a great fit for our girl.
  • Avatar Nicole May ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    My child worked with Gillian D virtually for math enrichment. She is an excellent teacher. She took time to understand my child's specific learning style and provided tools that would be engaging. She was kind and empathetic- really … More made it her goal to connect with my child and build trust and rapport. My child started the school year with confidence and without the typically "brain-drain" that occurs over the summer, thanks to Gillian.
  • Avatar Gillian Davidoff ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    I am going into my second year as a Themba tutor. I have met so many great individuals while working for this company. Craig and the rest of the Themba team do such an excellent job picking and choosing Themba tutors that suit each client's … More individual needs! I look forward to meeting new tutors and clients in the 2021-2022 school year!
  • Avatar carolina luttmann ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Our son started in a new high school, 100% remote, and was really struggling with Latin and Physics. I found Themba Tudors online and had an initial call with Craig, who was very knowledgeable, responsive, and found 2 amazing tutors for … More us. Both the Latin and the physics tutors were fantastic, connected with my son really well and helped him go from 'failing' grade to 'honors'! I will for sure continue using (and recommending!) Themba Tutors. Thank you, C, K, and W!
  • Avatar Eric Fingerman ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Brian is a fantastic executive functioning coach. Super helpful, flexible with hours, and tailored the experience to our needs.
  • Avatar Susan Wong ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Giulia Mercuri is a great Italian tutor! She was very responsive and accessible. Giulia put a ton of effort into preparing for each session and really helped our son with test preparation and projects. We are grateful that she was able … More to help, especially since our son did not receive any live teaching during COVID. We are happy that she was referred to us!
  • Avatar Christine Gennetti ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    As an adult student diagnosed with a learning disability during grad school, I knew I needed help dealing with my Master's program's demanding workload. I was seriously considering dropping out when I was referred to Themba Tutors. … More I was paired up with a wonderful tutor, Julie, who was a total lifesaver. I learned many techniques that I can utilize in the future as I embark on the next phase of my career.
    I can wholeheartedly say after working with Themba for two years that I would not have finished my program without this organization. And I am so thankful I selected them.
  • Avatar Fabiola FITZPATRICK ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We were introduced to a wonderful tutor: Mcedwyn. He and our son, a freshman in college, worked well together. As a result, our son’s grades significantly improved. The tutor taught our son subject content and various methods to effectively … More study for quizzes and exams. Our son was also taught time management and organization. My son’s experience with the tutor made the first year of college a less intimidating experience.
  • Avatar Jude Eugene ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    We have been with our tutor, Cailin Schiller, for two years, from 5th - 7th grade. She started as an executive functioning tutor with my daughter. From the start, she demonstrated a depth of expertise and a selective use of techniques skillfully … More adapted to my daughter’s ADHD and Math disability. Cailin made Math accessible and understandable to her in a way that even her teachers had not been able to do. She differentiated reading, writing and math tasks and assignments to tailor them to my daughter’s unique learning differences. Not only did it have an effect on her grades and her work efficiency, but she finally could do her work with less anxiety. Even my daughter’s teachers used Cailin’s guidance to modify their work with her. But most importantly, she became my daughter’s favorite resource. I can’t say how invaluable Cailin has been to my daughter’s progress and well-being. I’d recommend her a million times over. She is a gem.
  • Avatar Janice Eidus ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Victoria is a superb tutor. She helped my high school age daughter with her writing. Victoria's skills as a tutor, as well as her sense of humor and her engaging personality went a long way with my daughter.
  • A Google User ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    I'm so glad we were referred to Themba Tutors. After a great initial conversation to learn our needs, we were connected with an excellent tutor, Felicia, who is helping our high school daughter learn better organizational and executive … More skills. Highly recommended.
  • Avatar Fara Jones ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    Themba Tutors provided a leaning specialist that was a perfect fit for my daughter. I told them what we were looking for and they delivered. Our tutor is responsive and flexible and makes it easy for my daughter to reach out to her own … More her own, which gives her an added sense of responsibility over her learning. As a therapist myself, I now regularly recommend Themba to my patients. A much needed and well provided service to the community!!
  • Avatar Frances Simpson ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    The tutors at Themba are fantastic! Caitlyn McNeill helped our son academically, but also with getting organized in every subject, which he so desperately needed. She offered great advice and useful strategies that helped our son become … More a more successful student. We are using Themba tutors again this year for our daughter. We're so happy to have been referred to them!
  • Avatar Mary Jean Babic ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    I'm so glad we were referred to Themba Tutors. After a great initial conversation to learn our needs, we were connected with an excellent tutor, Felicia, who is helping our high school daughter learn better organizational and executive … More skills. Highly recommended.
  • Avatar Nina Herman ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We had a wonderful experience with our tutor Micaela. She helped our son not only academically but at every level. We will be forever grateful to have her in our lives.
  • Avatar Frances ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    The tutors at Themba are fantastic! Caitlyn McNeill helped our son academically, but also with getting organized in every subject, which he so desperately needed. She offered great advice and useful strategies that helped our son become … More a more successful student. We are using Themba tutors again this year for our daughter. We're so happy to have been referred to them!
  • Avatar Michael Birnbaum ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Paul Smith at Themba has been an exceptional tutor for my son, both in terms of teaching the subject matter and teaching how best to approach the process of learning math and executing assignments. We feel very fortunate to be working with … More Paul.
  • Avatar Monica Alzate ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    We were very lucky to have found Edwouine Swift, my son's therapist through Themba Tutors. Thomas is 12 years old, and it is extremely difficult to get him to write. Edwouine just works her magic with him, he adores her and is so … More eager to follow her guidance. I have no doubt she will be a positive driving force in his academic future.


Social Coaching for Middle and High School students

Adolescence is a transformative phase filled with growth, self-discovery, and social interactions that shape one’s identity. In this dynamic landscape, social coaching emerges as a powerful tool to equip students with the skills, confidence, and emotional intelligence needed to navigate the complexities of relationships, communication, and personal development.

Middle and high school years are pivotal in shaping a young person’s social competence. Social coaching recognizes that each student’s journey is unique, and that acquiring strong social skills goes beyond mere popularity. It’s about fostering empathy, effective communication, resilience, and self-assuredness – qualities that contribute not only to social success but also to overall well-being.

This blog will explore the various facets of social coaching. From building meaningful connections and managing conflicts to understanding nonverbal cues and boosting self-esteem, our aim is to provide insights, strategies, and real-life examples that showcase the transformative impact of social coaching on adolescents’ lives.

Signs a Teen Needs Social Coaching

Recognizing when a teenager could benefit from social coaching is crucial for providing them with the support they need to navigate social challenges effectively.

Here are the top 10 signs that indicate a teen might benefit from social coaching:

  1. Social Isolation: If a teen consistently withdraws from social interactions, avoids group activities, or prefers solitude, it could signal a need for social coaching to help them connect with others.
  2. Difficulty Making Friends: Teens who struggle to form and maintain friendships, frequently feel left out, or face challenges in joining social circles may benefit from social coaching.
  3. Poor Communication Skills: If a teenager has trouble expressing themselves clearly, understanding others, or engaging in conversations, social coaching can enhance their communication abilities.
  4. Misreading Social Cues: Teens who often misinterpret body language, facial expressions, or social cues, leading to misunderstandings, may benefit from learning to navigate these cues effectively.
  5. Struggles with Conflict: If a teenager has difficulty resolving conflicts, managing disagreements, or expressing their needs without causing tension, social coaching can provide conflict resolution skills.
  6. Low Self-Confidence: Teens with low self-esteem, lack of self-assurance, or negative self-perception might benefit from social coaching to build their self-confidence.
  7. Peer Pressure Challenges: If a teen struggles to resist negative peer pressure, conforming to behaviors they’re uncomfortable with, social coaching can empower them to make confident choices.
  8. Difficulty in Group Settings: Teens who find it hard to participate in group discussions, collaborate on projects, or feel overwhelmed in social gatherings could benefit from coaching to thrive in such situations.
  9. Anxiety in Social Situations: If a teenager experiences anxiety, nervousness, or discomfort in social settings, social coaching can equip them with strategies to manage their emotions and build confidence.
  10. Transition Struggles: Teens facing challenges when transitioning to new schools, environments, or social circles might need coaching to adapt, make connections, and navigate changes successfully.

Recognizing these signs and seeking appropriate social coaching can empower teens to develop essential social skills, foster positive relationships, and navigate the complexities of their social world with greater confidence and ease.

Social Coaching For Middle And High School Students

Benefits Of Social Coaching For Middle And High School Students

Social coaching offers middle and high school students a host of invaluable benefits that support their social and emotional growth. Through tailored guidance and instruction, students acquire essential life skills that empower them to navigate the complex web of social interactions with confidence and grace. They develop effective communication skills, learning to express themselves clearly and respectfully while understanding the nuances of nonverbal cues.

Social coaching fosters the art of active listening and empathy, enabling adolescents to forge meaningful connections based on mutual understanding.

Moreover, the ability to navigate conflicts constructively equips students with valuable tools for resolving differences and fostering harmonious relationships. As adolescents develop these skills, they gain self-assurance and resilience, enabling them to handle challenges, peer pressures, and transitions with greater ease.

Beyond the immediate benefits, social coaching sets a foundation for future success by instilling skills like teamwork, conflict resolution, and networking—essential qualities for thriving academically, professionally, and personally.

Ultimately, social coaching empowers middle and high school students to cultivate strong social aptitude, enhancing their well-being and laying the groundwork for a fulfilling and prosperous future.

How Social Coaching For Middle And High School Students Is Conducted?

The process of social coaching for middle and high school students is a structured journey aimed at equipping adolescents with essential social skills, enhancing their self-confidence, and fostering positive interactions.

 Here’s an overview of the typical process:

  1. Initial Assessment:

  – Conduct an assessment to understand the student’s current social skills, challenges, strengths, and goals.
  – Build rapport and establish a comfortable relationship between the coach and the student.

  1. Goal Setting:

  – Collaboratively set clear and achievable social goals with the student.
  – Define what success looks like for the coaching journey.

  1. Customized Coaching Plan:

  – Develop a personalized coaching plan based on the assessment and goals.
  – Outline the specific skills, strategies, and activities to be covered.

  1. Session Scheduling:

  – Schedule one-on-one coaching sessions at regular intervals.
  – Ensure a consistent schedule to maintain continuity and progress.

  1. Skill Development:

  – Work through various social skills such as effective communication, active listening, empathy, and assertiveness.
  – Introduce concepts like reading social cues and managing conflicts.

  1. Role-Playing and Practice:

  – Engage in role-playing exercises to simulate real-life social scenarios.
  – Practice new skills in a safe environment, receiving guidance and feedback from the coach.

  1. Feedback and Reflection:

  – Provide constructive feedback after each session to reinforce learning.
  – Encourage the student to reflect on their progress and insights gained.

  1. Self-Confidence Building:

  – Address self-esteem and self-confidence, helping the student recognize their strengths and uniqueness.
  – Explore strategies to project a positive self-image.

Social Coaching for Middle and High School students
  1. Emotional Intelligence:

  – Teach emotional intelligence, helping the student manage emotions and handle stress effectively.
  – Develop empathy and the ability to understand others’ feelings.

  1. Real-Life Application:

  – Encourage the student to apply learned skills in real-life situations, both within and outside coaching sessions.
  – Support the student in navigating challenges and celebrating successes.

  1. Progress Monitoring:

  – Regularly assess the student’s progress against the established goals.
  – Adjust the coaching plan as needed based on progress and feedback.

  1. Parent Involvement:

  – Keep parents informed about their teen’s progress, challenges, and achievements.
  – Provide resources and guidance to parents for supporting their child’s social development.

  1. Gradual Independence:

  – As the student gains confidence and proficiency, encourage them to independently use their skills in various scenarios.

  1. Long-Term Impact:

  – Highlight the lasting benefits of social coaching, emphasizing the skills acquired and their relevance beyond the coaching period.

  1. Closure and Follow-Up:

  – Conclude the coaching journey with a final assessment of progress and goals achieved.
  – Offer resources and strategies for the student to continue building on their social skills independently.

This step-by-step procedure aims to guide the student through a structured process of skill development, self-discovery, and empowerment, enabling them to navigate social interactions with confidence and competence.

How Can Themba Tutors Help?

Are you ready to ace social interactions, make lasting connections, and boost your confidence? Our team of expert coaches is here to empower you on a personalized journey to social success. From mastering effective communication and active listening to navigating conflicts with finesse, we’ve got you covered.

Don’t let social anxiety or uncertainty hold you back any longer. Join Themba Tutors today and embark on a transformative journey toward becoming a social superstar. Middle school and high school can be exciting and fulfilling when you’re equipped with the social tools to succeed. Ready to make friends, impress teachers, and embrace every social opportunity? We travel to your NYC home. Contact us today!

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Meet Craig Selinger, the passionate owner behind Themba Tutors, a renowned practice specializing in executive function coaching and tutoring. Together with his team of multidisciplinary professionals, they bring their extensive knowledge to numerous locations: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as well as offering remote services. As a licensed speech-language pathologist in the state of NY, executive functioning coach, and educational specialist with an impressive track record spanning over two decades, Craig has professionally assisted thousands of families. Craig's proficiency encompasses a wide spectrum of areas, including language-related learning challenges such as reading, writing, speaking, and listening. He is also well-versed in executive functioning, ADHD/ADD, and various learning disabilities. What truly distinguishes Craig and his team is their unwavering commitment to delivering comprehensive support. By actively collaborating with the most esteemed professionals within the NYC metropolitan region – from neuropsychologists to mental health therapists and allied health experts – they create a network of expertise.
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