The teen years can be challenging, even more so for teens who are highly sensitive, empathic, on the autism spectrum, or have ADD/ADHD. 

Mastering the Teen Years & Beyond

An Innovative 8-week live & interactive online group for highly sensitive, empathic, and neurodivergent children ages 13 - 17. The program is designed to promote personal growth in mental, physical, and emotional well-being. This fun & impactful virtual group equips teens with the knowledge, tools, and practices to mindfully face challenges now and into the adult years with resilience and confidence. Activities within the program facilitate confidence, self-esteem, positive inter-relationships with family & peers, social-emotional intelligence, & self-regulation skills. 

Teens explore tools & practices to: 

- Create positive relationships with self, parents, & peers
- Mindfully managing difficult moments with resilience
- Gain a deeper understanding of themselves and others

The group meets virtually for 1-hour once a week to...

Be part of a safe & supportive group  

because the connection with other teens is important to collectively practice new skills.  

Engage in weekly dialogs 

because regular and active engagement increases learning.   

Explore topics like mindset & beliefs, executive functioning skills, stress management, emotional intelligence, relationship skills, mindfulness, & more

because their lives are complicated & everyday interactions are easier when they have a better understanding of themselves and others.

Investigate various mental & physical health-promoting techniques ​

because we are all different & not every teen will resonate with every skill. 

Application & accountability 

because information alone does not create change, but information + action does. We will support one another in putting the new practices & techniques into action. 

Apply Below

Because this is a small group of teens that will work & grow together, each teen must first complete the following application to participate. If you feel your son or daughter would benefit from being part of this exceptional group, please complete the application below. 

Teen Program Application & Inquiry 

Online Form

Frequently Asked Questions

 Would my insurance company cover the cost of this group? 

If your insurance plan offers benefits for occupational therapy, your insurance company may cover the group's cost minus deductibles. Please get in touch with your insurance company to verify the benefits of
-Group occupational therapy services (CBT code: 97150)
-Occupational therapy evaluation, low complexity (CBT code: 97165)

Common treatment diagnoses covered for this type of group intervention include;
-Development disorder of scholastic skills,
-Autistic disorder
-Other specified delays in development
-Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
-Frontal lobe and executive function deficit
-Other symptoms and signs involving cognitive functions and awareness
-Undue concern and preoccupation with stressful events
-Unspecified acute reaction to stress 

Please notify the instructor if you need additional information included on your receipt to submit it to your insurance. 

What are the facilitator's credentials? 

The group is facilitated by Dr. Elizabeth Joy Shaffer, OTD, OTR/L. She has been working with children and families worldwide for 20+ years. She is also a mother of two teens and is passionate about giving teens the tools and foundation to be strong, happy, and confident adults.

Certifications include: 
National Board-certified occupational Therapist (US)
HeartMath Healthcare Practitioner
Mindfulness Practioner (Level I, II, III)
Brain Gym 
Movements for Learning 

Click HERE to find out more about Dr. Shaffer's professional experiences.

What are the rates of your services?

The total cost of 8 group sessions is $960 (USD). This cost is typically reimbursable through healthcare or educational programs covering occupational therapy services.

What happens if my teen doesn't want to continue with the group?

I strongly encourage teens to participate in at least four sessions to fully evaluate and become familiar, comfortable, and connected with the group. If you or your teen has any concerns, I encourage you to share these concerns as soon as you have them so they can be addressed. If you or your teenager is still unsatisfied at the end of the four weeks, please write an email to [email protected] requesting to withdraw from the group. There will be no charges for the remaining sessions.

What occurs during a session?

Each session begins with a welcome, a check-in, a simple exercise, and a review. We follow up with the topic of the week and the tools associated with it. Lastly, discuss insights and questions ending with growth work for the upcoming week.

How can my teen or I contact the facilitator?

Contact the facilitator by email, phone, or WhatsApp: Elizabeth Joy Shaffer, [email protected] | +372 - 524- 3703