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The Importance of Maintaining Routines for Children on Snow Days

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Children and Adolescents, Family, Latest News, Self-care

Snow day! Here in the Midwest, we are experiencing a record-breaking amount of school cancellations due to weather.  It is fun to have an occasional random day to stay home and relax.  However, weekly snow days – sometimes more than one per week – can make it difficult for children to be ready to learn […]

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What to Do When Your Child Argues with A Friend

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Communication, Friendships, Latest News, Parenting

When your child argues with a friend, it can be hard to know how to help. Sometimes we know our child’s actions weren’t kind.  Other times we are worried that are child had his feelings hurt by a friend.  Sometimes it can feel like all our child does is fight with others.  According to Brett […]

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Why Graphic Novels are Good for Kids

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, Education, Family, Latest News, Parenting

Graphic novels have become increasingly popular for children.  There are currently many different types of graphic novels from Captain Underpants to the Smile books by Raina Taigelmeier.  Graphic novels have not always been considered appropriate reading for children.  Lately, graphic novels are flying off the shelves, jumping into virtual shopping carts, and being embraced by […]

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Attachment Disruption: A Dangerous Consequence of Forced Separation Between Children and Parents

Posted Posted in Latest News, Parenting, Relationships, Trauma

Attachment disruption due to separation can have long-lasting effects on children.  The relationship between a child and her parent or primary caregiver is special.  This relationship functions to provide security that the child needs for emotional and physical health.  The presence of a reliable, stable caregiver allows the child to successfully achieve cognitive, physical, and […]

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Holidays with Children: How to Manage Child Behavior

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Mental Health, Parenting, Relationships

  The holidays are a very special time of year for many families.   We are often able to spend time with loved ones, enjoy special foods, and receive and give gifts.  However, it can be a stressful time of year for children due to excitement and changes in routine. Here are some ideas to help […]

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Spanking Children: A Health Hazard That Increases Misbehavior

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Parenting

This blog-post is addressing a serious and potentially controversial topic: spanking. It’s a tough thing to talk about, so thank you for being brave and reading this article. New research regarding spanking has been in the news recently, with two ground-breaking studies in the last month. As a result, as a Clinical Child and Adolescent […]

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Child Therapist Post: Why Yoga is Good For Kids

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Parenting, Resiliency, Self-care

What is Yoga? Yoga is a series of physical poses that work to unify the mind and body. Also, yoga is an easy and fun for parents and children to do together. Kids benefit from yoga in many ways Yoga increases mindfulness Practicing yoga helps children to quiet their minds and better focus. By quieting […]

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Psychologist Post: Reading Comprehension Strategies

Posted Posted in Latest News, Learning Disabilities, School

Reading comprehension is an important skill, starting early in elementary school. In order to show good reading comprehension skills, a person is asked to read, understand, and answer questions about what they’ve read.  Children with ADHD or other learning disabilities, such as Dyslexia, can struggle with reading comprehension.  In these circumstances, instructional strategies can help. […]

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Helpful Classroom Management Strategies for ADHD Students

Posted Posted in ADHD, Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Mental Health, School

Many times, children with ADHD have difficulty adjusting to the school environment.  Their symptoms can make school more difficult for them than for other students.  Oftentimes, when working with the school, there are things that teachers and parents can discuss as accommodations to help children with ADHD cope better in the classroom. Here are some […]

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Child Therapist Post: Project ImPACT Helps Young Children With Autism

Posted Posted in Autism, Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Mental Health, Parenting

Project ImPACT (Improving Parents as Communication Teachers) is a parent training program for young children with autism Project ImPACT teaches caregivers of children with autism strategies. These strategies increase their children’s use of communication and social skills during playtime and daily routines such as meals and bathing. Why Teach Families? Project ImPACT works by teaching […]

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Child Psychologist Post: 7 Ways to Help Your Child’s Anxiety In Standardized Testing

Posted Posted in Anxiety

Bottom-line: It seems like standardized tests are here to stay. But the key to our children doing their best on them is NOT adding pressure or fear to the situation. Instead, it is teaching our children tools to manage their fears and thoughts. It is supporting them in their individuality, and helping them find the good things in their present world. And it’s helping them remember that some of the best things in life are not measured, but rather are experienced with kindness, love, and support.

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