Mentor is the Butterfly Bootcamp service option that provides the opportunity for children and teens to work one-on-one with clinicians to achieve the goals outlined in their Butterfly Bootcamp Support Plan. Mentors reinforce children’s strengths and teach them how to use them to compensate for areas of weakness. They provide a focus on growth areas that contribute to negatively impacting the participant’s relationships, school, and/or work life. The specific therapeutic interventions used by mentors varies, as they are customized to meet the unique needs of each client. Examples of common areas of clinical attention include:
Learning and Information Processing
Difficulties in a child/teen’s ability to learn new information and skills, will impact their ability and time needed to reach their program goals. One-on-one work with a mentor targeting this area can strengthen skills across multiple domains of learning and information processing. Examples include visual and auditory processing, memory, mental processing speed, reading fluency and comprehension, attention and concentration.
Impairment in this area can impede goal attainment, functional communication, performance in major activities of daily living, and contribute to risks in safety (e.g. impulse control). Building upon learning and information processing, mentors targeting this area work with clients on more complex skills, based on their unique needs. Examples include time management, multi-step assignment and project completion, impulse control, self-monitoring, identifying and understanding priorities, problem identification, and organization abilities.
Excess Emotion and Stress Management
Mentors work with children to identify excess emotions and sources of stress, and develop strategies to reduce distress and increase positive and effective coping. Sample contributing sources of stress include peer difficulties, family discord, learning disabilities, self or other-imposed pressures to succeed, and understanding and managing symptoms associated with their psychological or medical diagnoses.
Community & Peer Interaction Skills
While many individuals needing assistance with developing appropriate peer relationships attend our Social Butterflies Group, some children benefit from one-on-one support to strengthen their foundational skills in preparation for (or in conjunction with) peer interactions. For example, a child may work on maintaining conversation in a peer group setting, and work with their mentor on self-monitoring skills to reduce impulsivity and increase attention. Additionally, the mentor and child may establish “private cues” that can be used amongst themselves in a group setting to discretely aid the child in positive peer interactions.