The intake session provides an opportunity to gather background information (emotional, medical, academic, social, and family history), discuss treatment goals and how those might be achieved, observe and interact with the client and their parents to build rapport, and talk about various examples of the concerns being reported and how they are impacting the child’s […]
Sometimes kids/teens are unclear about why they need to see a therapist, or they flat out disagree with parent concerns. We encourage parents to be open with their children about their concerns and not surprise them news of the appointment at the last minute. It is OK to tell kids that there are patterns that […]
Everyone has different executive function (EF) abilities, along with unique strengths and challenges. This article, published in the May 2022 issue of AUTISM ADVOCATE Parenting Magazine, gives families some background on executive function and outlines four steps support your child as he or she builds EF skills. Download and read the full article as a […]
“Three Things You Need to Know” is an anxiety guide for all ages. The guide will introduce families to the concepts of “caveman brains,” your triangles (both anxious and calm), and help you reframe what you’ve learned in “fools, pools, and tools.” Download your copy of the guide to learn more.
#1 Caveman Brains Cavemen were not known to be very intelligent people. They had smaller brains than humans do today. They were known, and named for, living in caves. When cavemen were at home, inside their caves, they could relax and feel safe. But the world outside of their caves was actually pretty dangerous. […]
Supporting Your Teen and Caring for Yourself During Covid-19 Dr. Adams, Dr. Speer, Rebekah Bryson Anxiety in Teens It is natural for teens (and adults) to feel anxious at times. Not only is it natural, it is adaptive and can be helpful in many situations, such as when preparing for a test or being extra […]
Dr. Barlow helps parents prepare for an uncertain school year. She explains how creating structure, making tentative plans, and clarifying expectations can help us adjust to the current circumstances. She shares suggestions for how to improve your mindset and mood in order to get through these stressful times. Additionally, she provides strategies for problem-solving, managing […]
There’s no doubt that the circumstances around COVID-19 have increased our risk of mental health problems. Luckily, we have strategies to protect our mental health. Engaging in the following practices are likely to help you meet the challenges of today and come through with your mental health intact. Sleep We are all able to function […]