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14
Oct

What is Your Behavior Saying?

Picture this:  You are sitting in an airport waiting for your family member, when you see a young woman emerge from the gateway.  She stops, looks around uncertainly, and then a huge smile spreads across her face as she begins running toward a small group of people waiting a short distance away.  She embraces each …

19
Aug

Responding to Boredom

In my last article, I discussed the benefits of boredom. So it’s okay to be bored from time to time, and it’s important to allow boredom; but what about too much boredom? As summer quickly approaches, it’s important to think about how you are going to respond to “I’m bored” without panicking and handing over …

8
Aug

Back to the Basics Part I: Money

Math these days can be a tricky thing, as simple addition and subtraction problems have changed quite a bit since I was in school– which wasn’t all that long ago. Again and again, I see my clients passing math classes such as algebra, but struggling to add up a quarter and nickel. You would think …

24
Jun

The Benefits of Boredom

Thinking back to my childhood, television shows for kids were only available about 30 minutes a day; and the 4 stations our television received were the only options to explore. Recording shows was not an option (until the VHS tape came out), nor a phone or tablet to fall back on when bored. Video games …

20
Jun

SM Strategy- How to ask questions

When working with a child with selective mutism, among the main exchanges you want to avoid are yes and no questions. You might be wondering why it’s important to avoid these types of the questions. Well, the answer is quite simple when you think about it: Yes and no questions can be easily answered with …

27
May

Selective Mutism Tips

Imagine you are a seven year old boy at school. You are sitting in class listening to your teacher, when all of a sudden you have to use the bathroom. You raise your hand to tell the teacher; but when you speak, nothing comes out. Everyone is looking at you and wondering what the problem …

13
May

Electronics and Communication

Let’s face it, we live in an electronic world.  Almost every home has at least one cell phone, computer, tablet, smart television, or video gaming system.  I’m sure many of you remember a time when there wasn’t easy access to electronics, and we spent our days playing and talking to each other. Not to date …

22
Apr

Sleep Problems Associated with Stimulant Medications: Trading Attention Deficit for Sleep Deficit

Sleep problems caused by stimulant medications commonly used to treat ADHD could negate the benefits of these drugs. It’s estimated that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects 11% of children and adolescents in the United States. Despite the fact that there are many effective non-medication treatments available, the most common treatment is medication.  Over 3.5 …

15
Apr

ADHD Treatment for Children in Grand Rapids

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder diagnosed primarily in children.  Some of the symptoms people often associate with ADHD include inability to pay attention or follow tasks, trouble staying organized, fidgety behavior, excessive talking and trouble following directions.  Other less obvious symptoms include difficulty planning and problem solving, impulsive decision-making, and challenges …

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