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
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?