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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...

How to Sign Up for Telehealth Occupational Therapy
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How to Sign Up for Telehealth Occupational Therapy

Telehealth for Pediatric Occupational Therapy AZ+A is committed to supporting families during the COVID19 pandemic. We continue to see clients while following all CDC and Illinois government guidelines. Prior to the recent news of the statewide lockdown due to coronavirus, we had expanded our therapy options for our clientele to include Telehealth. • The exciting...

Teens and the Social Media Trap
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Teens and the Social Media Trap

Social media. We may love it or loathe it (sometimes both), but it’s here to stay. While it’s great for catching up with what your second cousin’s kids are up to across the country, social media can take up much of our time – and it’s not doing our kids any favors, either. Adolescence is...

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...