Snowflakes, soft and fluffy, were floating down, atop the 8 inches of snow on the ground. I watched my dog delightedly running circles in the yard as if to say, “Yey! Fresh snow! Look at me!” I called my 12 year-old son to the window. “I wonder why all dogs, big or small, short coats […]
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Children commonly have a hard time talking to their parents. It can be hard to open up. For some, it is a normal developmental stage. Other children are described by parents as shy or sensitive. Additionally, children with anxiety or depression often keep difficult thoughts, feelings, and experiences to themselves. There are many reasons that children […]
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Sleep is a complicated issue with many inter-connected components. However, if you are struggling with sleep, consider making some dietary changes to promote improvements in your sleep cycle.
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The holidays are coming…. When you hear that phrase, does it strike fear and panic? Does it remind you of family stress? Or does it bring up warm memories of time with your family, eating pie or other goodies in front of a warm fire? If you are like most people, you probably have mixed […]
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…As each of you prepares for your family holidays, maybe you are also considering what to expect this year. Even though you may have had sadness or loss, political changes or political consistency, marriages or divorces, there are often unifying factors. There are often things that can bring you closer as a family to talk about over snacks, dinner, or desert. Moreover, there may even be things that you can talk about that are not uncomfortable….
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Emotional regulation seems like a complicated process. But in fact, it is something that we all use every day. Consider these examples where self-regulation may be helpful: Situation 1: You are driving home from work, and a car cuts you off in traffic, proceeding to drive very slowly in the lane in front of you. You are frustrated […]
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Compliance is a challenging area for parents and children. Kids are notorious for testing parent limits. These behaviors are normal and healthy. They are part of exploring the world. When kids refuse to do things parents ask or avoid tasks that parents ask them to do, this is often referred to as defiance. Defiance can […]
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Many people have heard of the term, Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. SAD is common in northern climates, and oftentimes people become concerned about it during the winter months. It is relatively common in parts of the world, and can make relationships, work, and daily activities quite difficult at times. It is a type of mood disorder, and it impacts adults, adolescents, and children.
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Luckily a wide variety of very effective treatment options are available to people with ADHD.
Treatment options range from therapy, adaptive approaches, lifestyle strategies and medications. If the ADHD interferes with a child’s school functioning, schools are required to make accommodations for students with ADHD. Adults may be able to request assistance at their place of employment. Usually a combination of approaches is more successful than any one alone.
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Read this to learn a simple approach to help your child with multisensory learning. What is Multisensory Learning As we’ve discussed previously on this website, a multisensory approach to learning is based upon the idea that students often learn best when the material is presented to them with all of their senses. For example, the teacher […]
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Read this article to learn more about how to use mindfulness through nature. Mindfulness in Action I turned the corner at the Iowa Arts Festival, and saw picture after picture of nature: raw, beautiful, and unique. “Oh, look at how cool these are,” I said to my son. “What’s so cool?” asked a voice behind […]
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Multisensory teaching uses as many of the senses as possible, including taste, smell, touch, sight, hearing and movement. In most multisensory lessons, students engage with the material through a combination of different senses.
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