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5 Ways to Improve Social Skills in Children and Teenagers

Children and teenagers are being confronted with obstacles previous generations before them never encountered. With social media at the forefront in this changing world, it’s important for us to look at some of the challenges children and teens face when it comes to social interactions. Many teens can be found in the same room texting…

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Does Your Child Know the Platinum Rule?

Growing up I remember my parents teaching me to say “please” and “thank you” and to greet the visitor by shaking their hand. It was about being polite and respectful to others. Most importantly, it was “Follow the Golden Rule”. The Golden Rule in my family was to “Treat others the way we want to…

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Distracting the Mind, Managing Stress, and Surviving Crisis

DISTRACT: Change your focus. We function somewhere between emotional and rational mind, this of conscious is called “Wise Mind.” You can’t make a well adjusted and healthy decision without taking emotions and thoughts into account. The same goes for managing stress and handling crisis, according to Marsha Linehan’s DBT Skills, we can DISTRACT when our…

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3 Ways to Make it Through the Tough Times

Making it Through Tough Times  Recently my family went through a tough time taking care of a sick loved one in the hospital. You don’t really know how much people care until they offer to bring you a meal, send you positive thoughts through texts, or don’t show up at all. Being a caregiver can…

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5 Questions to Answer Before Seeking ADHD Testing

  Many parents approach us about concerns their child may have ADHD. Parents are sure their child is inattentive and/or hyperactive. More often than not, when they bring the child in for testing, their child did not eat prior to coming. Noticeably, they bring low nutrition snacks of chips, candy and cookies without the proper…

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The Importance of Sleep Hygiene

Sleep Hygiene (all ages) Sleep hygiene is defined in the dictionary as habits and practices that are conducive to sleeping well on a regular basis. The National Sleep Foundation encourages us to zone in on our own sleep hygiene routines in order to encourage good night time sleep quality and full daytime alertness. This is…

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Helping your Child Cope with Anxiety by Modeling Good Behaviors

Watching your child deal with anxiety and stress can lead to parents taking on more stress as well. 10-20% of school-aged children experience anxiety symptoms, while more and more children are experiencing stress that does not qualify as an anxiety disorder. Parents can model good anxiety coping behaviors so their children can witness how to…

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Foods to Seek and Avoid for Kids with ADHD / Autism

We are constantly bombarded with the latest diet information and grocery lists to lose weight and live a healthier life. What if we were bombarded with a list of food proven to have a positive effect on treating ADHD?  What about one reporting which foods made it worse?  Search no longer, this list is below.…

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