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A Personal Interview with AZ+A Psychotherapist, Eliana Sigel-Epstein, MSW, LCSW
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A Personal Interview with AZ+A Psychotherapist, Eliana Sigel-Epstein, MSW, LCSW

We recently interviewed AZ+A’s mental health professional, Eliana Sigel-Epstein to learn more about psychotherapy, play, parent therapy and how she works with families. We learned she’s a wealth of knowledge and so much more! What core theories/values guide your kids and families? In many ways, I approach my work with children with the same underlying...

The Benefits of Receiving Psychotherapy at an OT Clinic
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The Benefits of Receiving Psychotherapy at an OT Clinic

The benefits of receiving psychotherapy at an occupational therapy clinic are innumerable. Child psychotherapy at AZ+A, in particular, provides a unique experience with many benefits.  First of all, AZ+A is a place designed specifically for kids to play. In fact, we often refer to it as the “playhouse.” The kids who come to AZ+A feel...

Is Scaffolding Parenting the Key to Adjusting to Post-Pandemic Life?
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Is Scaffolding Parenting the Key to Adjusting to Post-Pandemic Life?

Scaffolding parenting includes three pillars: support, structure, and encouragement. In scaffold parenting lies the metaphor that the child is a “building,” and the parents are the scaffold around it. Your support, structure, and encouragement guide the child as they rise and grow. The scaffolding parenting strategy provides a framework of safety for which kids to...

Picky Eaters or Normal Eaters – Family Mealtime is a time for joy!
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Picky Eaters or Normal Eaters – Family Mealtime is a time for joy!

Picky eaters and normal eaters each deserve the experience of happy mealtimes. Helping families have joyful and responsive mealtimes with kids who are picky (or normal!) eaters is an integral part of Feeding Therapy at Amy Zier + Associates. Call or click to discover how AZ+A can help! Our team of occupational therapists and our resident...

5 Ways Childhood Anxiety Shows Up as Something Else
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5 Ways Childhood Anxiety Shows Up as Something Else

Childhood Anxiety has Many Disguises Childhood anxiety often masks itself within other emotions. Especially during times of stress or tension, such as homeschooling/online school, COVID quarantines, and the holidays. Let’s discuss. 1. Negativity Anxiety does not make people negative, rather people with anxiety tend to experience negative thoughts at a much greater intensity than positive...

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...

5 Study Tips for Going Back to School During a Pandemic
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5 Study Tips for Going Back to School During a Pandemic

Study tips for going back to school vary based on if students are returning to a traditional classroom with new safety measures in place or distance learning at home. Perhaps for some, it will be a mix of the two with hybrid learning. When and how students will return to school may feel out-of-control right...

Feeding Therapy with Karen Dilfer at AZ+A
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Feeding Therapy with Karen Dilfer at AZ+A

Feeding Therapy at AZ+A is important for children who have a complicated relationship with food. Picky eaters. Anxious Eaters. Worried eaters. There is no shortage of labels for those who struggle with eating or trying new foods. It’s important to look beyond the label and understand the “why” behind picky eating or adverse reactions to...

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...