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What occurs during the 1st new patient evaluation appointment?

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 […]

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How do I talk to my child about going to therapy?

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 […]

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Overcoming Executive Function Challenges

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 […]

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Preparing For An Uncertain School Year – Video

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 […]

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Practices to Keep Your Mental Health Intact

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 […]

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