Here are my top ten strategies (secret recipe) based on the latest scientific research in helping people change in general that can be applied to growing your grit.

For teens, setting and reaching goals is an important part of growing up. Whether teens are focused on doing well in school, facing their fears, making friends, excelling in sports, or mastering the fine arts or music — teens need to persevere in order to succeed. We have all probably heard the term “grit”, but what does it really mean?

Join the Tourette Association of America Hudson Valley Chapter along with Shames JCC on the Hudson for an author presentation by Dr. Caren Baruch Feldman on her recently published best-seller, The Grit Guide for Teens. The talk is geared to parents and teens with special guest appearances from two TAA Youth Ambassadors.When the going gets tough, it’s time to get gritty.

Participants will learn how teens (middle and high school students) can change their mindset and their behavior in ways that support self-control, perseverance, and tenacity. The workshop will be hands on, interactive, and skill-based, allowing participants to walk away with actual strategies they can use with teens. These strategies are built upon the latest research emerging in the field, as well as my clinical experience. Living in a world of constant distractions, high stakes and pressure, and with parents who can often hover or snowplow, today’s teens often struggle to set and accomplish long-term goals and overcome obstacles. In addition, teens have a proclivity for risky behavior and are still developing the ability to control themselves. Thus, teens can uniquely benefit from developing these skills.

A growing body of research is finding that grit, self-control, and a growth mindset can have a strong influence on academic achievement, emotional well-being, and health. Furthermore, these qualities have been found to be the “secret sauce” to success. In this workshop, participants will learn the latest research, as well as strategies, that promote these characteristics. The presenter will share activities that are part of her workbook for teens titled, “The Grit Guide for Teens: A Workbook to Help You Build Perseverance, Self-Control, and a Growth Mindset.”

Author Talk for The Grit Guide for Teens: A Workbook to Help You Build Perseverance, Self-Control, and a Growth Mindset. Learn how teens can grow their grit from author and psychologist, Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman.

October 3, 2017; 730 pm
Scarsdale Library, Scott Room

This event is open to all. Feel free to share this invitation with friends and colleagues.  For more information about the book, please see go to

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Looking forward to seeing you there!

Being gritty, having self-control in the face of temptations, and rebounding from failure are not easy. However, there are ways that we know from science that makes it easier for us to have stick-to-it-ness. The question is what are some ways that can put you in the driver’s seat as opposed to being driven by your temptations?

A growing body of research is finding that grit, self-control, and a positive mindset can have a strong influence on the academic achievement and emotional well-being of children and teens. Furthermore, these qualities have been found to be the “secret sauce” to their success.  The professional development will focus on helping school personnel bring concepts such as grit, self-control, and a positive mindset to their classroom and interactions with students.


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