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Pandemic Parenting – the Struggle is Real but there is Help!
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Pandemic Parenting – the Struggle is Real but there is Help!

Pandemic Parenting Pandemic parenting is resulting in parental burnout at alarming rates. Balancing the safety of your family, working from home/office/hiding in the car and hybrid/remote/virtual schooling solutions is difficult for the world’s best multitaskers. Putting added pressure on yourself to handle it all flawlessly is unsustainable. If ever there was a time to go...

Are Your Kids Having Too Much Screen Time?
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Are Your Kids Having Too Much Screen Time?

It‘s difficult to monitor screen time anytime but especially tough during a pandemic. Online learning, teletherapy, and normal video games and activities all add up to seemingly a lot of screen time. Dr. Mike Brooks, Ph.D. suggests in “Should You Worry About Kids’ Screen Time in This Pandemic?” that as we deal with COVID-19 screen time needn’t...

Take Parenthood Further with Self-Regulation
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Take Parenthood Further with Self-Regulation

Emotional regulation is not an innate skill. None of us are born with the ability to recognize, monitor, and adapt our emotions depending on the situation. The importance of modeling self-regulation is discussed frequently with our families, peer clinicians and the children in our clinic. The earlier regulation work begins, the better but we’ve found...

The Effects of Childhood Anxiety
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The Effects of Childhood Anxiety

Childhood anxiety is sneaky. It rarely presents itself in obvious ways, in children or in adults. Challenging behavior, difficulty with emotional regulation, and even sensory issues can all mask the underlying anxiety a child may feel. Likewise, a child may have emotional, social or developmental differences that result in anxious behavior. As much as parents,...

Painfully Shy – A Mother’s Story
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Painfully Shy – A Mother’s Story

Twenty years ago when my daughter was in pre-school and kindergarten, her teachers repeatedly told us that her severe shyness was “an issue.” This pattern continued throughout her school years. No teacher, doctor or counselor ever mentioned pediatric occupational therapy, (at which point, I had no idea existed nor would I have known how an...