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Oct

Homework Headaches: How to Reduce Stress and Frustration between Parents and Children

For many families, the hustle and bustle of the after-school time can be stressful for both parents and children. Kids come home, want a snack, and need to get the wiggles and giggles out while we as parents are trying to accomplish those last minute things that need to be done for the day. Homework …

10
Jul

Beating the Summer Blues, Part 1: Simple Variations to Summer Routines

School has been dismissed now for a couple of weeks, and families may start becoming restless with the lackadaisical days of summer. For many families, this is the time of year to unwind from the business of the school year and enjoy each other’s company. But for other families this time of the year can …

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Apr

Springtime Planning for Transitions

The sun is beginning to shine, and the fresh smells of spring are upon us. This time of year is always a favorite of mine, whether I am working with clients or walking through the park with my sons. One thing is for sure, this time of year is always busy in school systems. Special …

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Mar

Let’s Set the Record Straight—Part 1 Reflections from Internship

Four years ago this past September, I decided to undertake one of the largest projects in my life.  I went back to school to work toward a doctorate in clinical psychology, which has definitely been rewarding and challenging at the same time.  After completing my coursework 18 months ago, I began a new chapter in …

16
Jan

Learning to Think Part Three: Continuing Mindfulness Throughout the Day

Winter is well underway here in Michigan, and the snow sure has been falling.  It is such a wonderful sight to see children, young and old, out and about enjoying the wonderful scenery.  My young son has become increasingly aware of the seasons, and it has been amazing for me to watch him make discoveries …

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Nov

Learning to Think: Mindfulness Throughout the Day

School has been in session for a few months now, and students are busily working on their studies. Teachers have dug into the content of their curriculum for the year, and everyone has had time to adjust to the new routine. As a former teacher, curriculum was an integral part of my day; and working …

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Oct

Learning to Think: Part One – All Students Can Learn to be Mindful

Summer has come to an end and school has begun for many children. School buses are busily picking up students and dropping them off during the morning and evening commutes. With the beginning of a new school year, I thought it would be helpful to look into the realm of education and the way our …

29
Aug

Back to School: How to Strive and Thrive During the Transition

Summer is almost over, and we will soon be seeing the flashing lights of school buses during the morning and afternoon commutes. Now that the summer is quickly coming to an end, it is time for parents to begin thinking about getting ready for school. Gearing up for the new school year can be very …

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Aug

Happy Birthday to You! How to Celebrate Your Child’s Special Day Appropriately

Over the past few months, a few of my clients have asked “how should we celebrate our child’s birthday, taking into consideration his or her special needs.”  This is an important question on many levels, since we all want to celebrate special occasions with family; however, this can sometimes be too much for many of …

2
Jul

How Do I Know if My Child is Anxious?

When thinking about autism and all that is involved with it and other similar neurodevelopmental disorders, we sometimes overlook the possibility of co-occurring conditions like anxiety. All too often I hear responses about a child’s odd behaviors in relation to him or her “being naughty,” or that “it is just his or her autism”; but, …

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