Recently, we became aware of the Momo Challenge. The story goes that Momo, a creepy and distorted looking being, contacts young children and prompts them via YouTube or the What’sApp Messenger platform to text an unknown number. Once engaged, they are given instructions to complete very strange tasks with the end result, the child hurting… Continue reading Momo: Fact or Fiction and Does it Matter?
Stressful situations, to an extent, are generally unavoidable and dependent upon what the situation is, can be considered traumatic. We're learning more and more about the effects of trauma; how it directs neurological input, shapes behavior, and how all aspects impact physical and mental health. When stressful and traumatic issues arise, we feel incredibly helpless… Continue reading Reconstructing Resiliency: 5 Steps to Supporting Stressed Out Children
A new school year is nipping at our heels, and it's become noticeable. Feeling the pressure rise as school days get closer can be incredibly overwhelming. For everyone. Summer, for many of us, is a time for late bedtimes, vacations, and other fun activities that hopefully don't involve too many math facts or spelling words.… Continue reading Getting Back in the Swing: School, Schedules, & Other Snafus.
Recently, I was following up with a parent who was completely lost regarding an event that took place with her family. Since my last session with her daughter, the other caregiver in the home was placed in jail awaiting arraignment and probably wouldn't be returning home in the near future. "How do I talk to her… Continue reading Avoid or Address? What to Tell Children When a Caregiver Becomes Incarcerated
More and more research is showing a growing number of post-secondary students having significant challenges with symptoms of anxiety and depression, an unhealthy level of a need for constant validation, and higher rates of parental involvement. More and more college freshman, seniors, and even graduate students are having their parents intervene in matters of their grades,… Continue reading Getting Comfortable with Feeling Uncomfortable
Recently I read a statistic that nearly 11% of children in this nation have been diagnosed with ADHD. That's almost 6.5 million kids!! As a clinician, I have to think that this is huge! Like something's-gone-awry huge because this is a dramatic increase in numbers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that… Continue reading ADHD: Is it or not?