Family & Parenting

The Stress Generation: What Stress is Doing to our Kids

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Stress-anxiety-children-adolescentsIt is common knowledge that stress and anxiety are bad for the body over long periods of time. While we all know that serious adult stress can lead to illnesses such as ulcers and hypertension, we don't associate these maladies with children.

When to Evaluate your Child for ADHD

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ADHD-evaluation-attention-focus-behaviorWhat is an in-depth formal evaluation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and when would you want one done? Before you make this decision, you need to understand the signs to look for to determine when to have your child or teen formally evaluated.

Formal testing may be helpful if your child shows signs of the following:

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?

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.

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.

My Teen is Driving me Crazy Part 2

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In the last blog I described the risk factors related to issues with teens and some possible interventions. In this blog I want to go more into what things you can do as a parent to make the relationship with your teen more connected and less contentious or distant.

My Teenager is Driving me Crazy! Part 1

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adolescence-parenting-teenager-riskAnyone raising a teenager often reports to me that communication is difficult at best and often contentious with what they want to do and what you want them to do. Similar to raising a younger child, if you read my previous blog, many of those same strategies work with teenagers.

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