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Helping Children Through Their Grief

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grief-loss-children-sadnessThis article was recently provided to me for publishing by a fellow professional and future provider to selfhelpdirect.net, Patricia Bubash, M.Ed, LPC. Hope you find this as helpful and informative as I did.

Who’s in Charge of Your Child’s Education?

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advocating-IEP-education-special-needsI have spent the last 18 years working with children who have a variety of disabilities and challenges, and these challenges are never more evident than at school.  How can parents have an effect on what the school does to help their child? With school budgets shrinking and class sizes growing, do you really have any power over getting your child’s needs met?

The Secret to a Better Outlook? Get Sleep and Give Thanks

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positive-attitude-stress-happinessComing into the new year is a time to reflect and look forward. How do we avoid just being negative and having a negative outlook when things get tough? Research has found that taking the time to appreciate the things a person has in his or her life not only has the potential to boost mood and improve outlook, but also relieves burnout in work and other areas of life.

Resolving in 2014

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Each and every year millions of people make New Year’s Resolutions only to see them fail in a few weeks. Why do we make these resolutions and why do they always seem to fail? In this blog, we will examine these questions to see if you should make them at all, and if you do, how to make them more successful. 

Why do we make New Year’s Resolutions?

Controlling Your Negative Thoughts

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negative-thinking-anxiety-depression-worry-stressNegative thoughts are very powerful. Like a snowball rolling down a steep hill, the more snow it gains, the more likely it will turn into an avalanche. The same is true for negative thoughts.

Beating the Holiday Blues

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holiday-blues-stress-depressionThe “holiday blues” can stem from a variety of sources, such as current events, personal grief, loneliness, illnesses of some kind, economic concerns, separation from family members and relationship issues such as divorce.

Advocating for your child’s needs at school: Part 2

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IEP-504-disability-learning-advocateIn the previous blog, I discussed the differences between plans and identifications. As a quick review there are two different plans (504 plans and Individualized Education Plans), and three different identifications (Specific learning disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Other Health Impaired).

Advocating for your Child’s Needs at School: Part 1

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Advocate-school-disability-IEP-504Several months ago, I wrote a blog regarding the education system and how it continues to be behind the curve when it comes to teaching kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Unconditional Positive Regard: Is it Achievable?

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unconditional-positive-regard-judgment-loveRecently I was asked to give a presentation on Unconditional Positive Regard (UPR) to a housing coop group. Their issue was how to get everyone to get along and respect each other living in close quarters and cooperatively. As I was creating the presentation, the question of “is it achievable” was staring me in the face.

Understanding Your ADHD Child

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ADHD-attention-focus-childrenAny parent out there that has a child with ADHD often asks themselves "what is normal for a child? My child does not seem to act like all the other kids". This question of normal is the most common question I get in counseling from parents. I would like to help clarify the difference between what is normal for a child with ADHD and that of a child without ADHD.

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