Am I Hungry for Food or Something More?

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Am I Hungry for Food or Something More?

The Hunger Scale When we hear the word “scale” in relation to eating healthy, it’s hard not to feel some aversion to the topic. But in this case, it’s not that kind of scale. It’s more of a gauge we use to determine how hungry we are and what it is we’re hungry for. Our internal cues are more reliable...[ read more ]

Children and Media Screen Time Tips

The following health and safety tips are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Feel free to excerpt these tips or use them in their entirety in any print or broadcast story, with acknowledgment of source.  Parents play an important role in teaching these skills. Here are a few tips from the AAP to help families manage the ever-changing digital landscape....[ read more ]

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 “Wise Mind Accepts.” A: ACCEPTS Activities....[ read more ]

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 amount of rest the night prior....[ read more ]

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 important for the kiddos who...[ read more ]

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 manage feelings. As well as...[ read more ]

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. Children with ADHD and Autism...[ read more ]