New Kids on the Block: How to Support Your College-Bound Child

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By Julie Ponce, L.M.S.W. The transition from high school to college can be both an exciting and scary time. For most, it is the first time they live away from home and provide for their own needs. College-age students vary in their knowledge of independent living skills from effective budgeting, the joys of laundry, and…
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Screen Time Tips for Returning Back to School

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By Kara Ettenson, L.M.S.W Every parent hopes for a solid start to a new school year. But it’s quite common to expect an adjustment period as children and their families make the transition from summer vacation to going back to school. One of the biggest issues many parents grapple with is the impact of screen…
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Good Sleep Strategies to Make Your School Day a Dream

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By Rachel Blaschak, M.S., L.L.P. Sleep is an integral part of a person’s physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. So it is no wonder that sleep is a critical contributor to development for children and adolescents. Young people require more sleep than adults, often needing 9-11 hours of sleep per night. However, maintaining healthy sleep patterns…
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A New Normal- Reuniting Your Child With Friends

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By Lindsay Ferguson, MSW Living in and exploring our vast world is scary without an international pandemic occurring. If we add in COVID-19, it can make interacting socially seem that much more intimidating. Engaging with friends should be relaxing, easy, and uplifting. Who would have thought there would be a time when children and teens…
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What is Child-Centerd Play Therapy and How Can It Help

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  Karie Glide, LMSW Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) has been a huge part of my approach to working with kids. It centers on the relationship between the therapist and the child as a foundation for change. Using CCPT, the therapist creates a space providing developmentally appropriate materials to facilitate play in a meaningful way. Play…
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On Preparing your Child for Therapy

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  Sarah Hakala, MA LPC The decision to take your child to see a therapist is one that can be very difficult, even agonizing, for parents. Some parents worry their child will refuse to talk or throw a huge fit. Others have concerns about the stigma historically associated with mental health treatment and if their…
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Anxiety in Children and How to Provide the Support They Need

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  Hillary Mortenson, LMSW Anxiety disorders can develop from a broad number of risk factors including genetics, brain chemistry, personality and life events. And in these uncertain times, it is common to struggle with an increase of anxiety, worry and fear as we manage our lives. Persistent anxiety affects the thoughts and behavior of children…
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Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

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Anxiety and worries are normal and common as children develop. Separation from parents, especially at the beginning of the school year, fears of monsters or dogs, hesitation in new situations, and difficulty going to sleep alone are just some examples of worries that are frequently reported by parents.  Along with worries, children who are experiencing…
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Tips for Navigating These Challenging Times

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By Andrew Gladstone-Highland, M.S.W.  Fifty years from now, our grandchildren will be learning about 2020 in their history classes.  However, continuing to hear about how unprecedented this year is doesn’t necessarily help us, right now.  If you are feeling down or anxious in the midst of all that is happening around us, then it may…
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