The Washington University NF Center, along with the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation, is proud to provide Teen NF, a free, therapy program for teens (13 – 18 years old) with NF1.
Email our event coordinator at NF@neuro.wustl.edu to be notified when the next Teen NF sessions are scheduled. Be sure to provide your full name, your teen’s full name and your phone number within the email, and a member of our team will contact you with more information.
Social & behavioral therapy
Focusing on common challenging social situations that teens encounter, our St. Louis Children’s Hospital psychologists interact directly with teens and their parents/caretakers to work on improving social and behavioral skills, which many children with NF1 struggle to master.
Skills addressed at Teen NF
- Using appropriate conversational skills
- Entering and exiting conversations between peers
- Utilizing electronic communication
- Choosing appropriate friends
- Handling arguments with peers
- Dealing with teasing
- Other important topics like appropriate use of humor, good sportsmanship and hosting get-togethers
While the group of teens are working with one of our psychologists in a small group setting, parents/caretakers will be working with another psychologist to address the challenges of parenting a teen with NF1 and discuss methods for improving communication and behavior.
Teen NF sessions are held at:
St. Louis Children’s Hospital Specialty Care Center
13001 North Outer Forty
Town and Country, MO 63017
Additional resources for teens with NF1