Anxiety/Depression

9 Tips to Help Your Child Ease Their Fear of the Dentist

9 Tips to Help Your Child Ease Their Fear of the Dentist

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Taking your children for their annual dentist visits is important to keep their teeth healthy as well as to encourage healthy oral hygiene habits early on. Dental anxiety in children is actually a major public health concern as it can lead to poor oral health. It is actually quite common if your child happens toContinue Reading

Being Active in Nature Improves Mental and Physical Health for Kids: Infographic

Being Active in Nature Improves Mental and Physical Health for Kids: Infographic

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I am constantly encouraging my four-year-old son to get outside and exercise with me. He doesn’t always want to do it, but sometimes I will pull the “we have to go for a walk” or “play tag outside” before we watch TV. My son is a TV/tablet lover and if it were up to himContinue Reading

When Should a Child Be Evaluated for an Emotional Disturbance in School?

When Should a Child Be Evaluated for an Emotional Disturbance in School?

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The information in this article applies to public schools in the United States. If your child attends school in a different type of setting, talk to your child’s school to see what they recommend for children with behavioral and/or social-emotional needs. What is Emotional Disturbance? Emotional Disturbance (ED) is considered one of the 14 disabilities under the IndividualsContinue Reading

I Am Going to the Dentist (A Story to Prepare Children for Dental Appointments)

I Am Going to the Dentist (A Story to Prepare Children for Dental Appointments)

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Below you will find a social story about going to the dentist, to help children prepare for check-ups/appointments. Social stories are a research-based tool used to help children prepare for real-life events. They can help ease anxiety or set expectations for behavior in certain situations. Social stories are often used for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), anxiety disorders,Continue Reading

Does Research Say that Weighted Vests & Blankets Help People with Autism, ADHD, and Anxiety?

Does Research Say that Weighted Vests & Blankets Help People with Autism, ADHD, and Anxiety?

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Working in public schools for over 10 years, I frequently saw occupational therapists utilizing weighted vests with students diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder.(ASD). When I asked about the purpose of the vests, I was told that they have a calming effect because they give the wearer a sense ofContinue Reading

Strategies for Schools to Help Children with Separation Anxiety

Strategies for Schools to Help Children with Separation Anxiety

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This article is a follow up from our first article: Strategies for Parents to Help Their Child with Separation Anxiety. This intro is the same, but as you go further down the article, you will see strategies for schools to use to Help children with separation anxiety. What is Separation Anxiety Disorder? According the American Psychiatric Association,Continue Reading

Strategies for Parents to Help Their Child with Separation Anxiety

Strategies for Parents to Help Their Child with Separation Anxiety

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What is Separation Anxiety Disorder? According the the American Psychiatric Association, a person with separation anxiety disorder is excessively fearful or anxious about separation from those with whom he or she is attached. The feeling is beyond what is appropriate for the person’s age, persists (at least four weeks in children and six months inContinue Reading

Evidence Suggests That the Coping Cat Program Reduces Anxiety in Children and Teens

Evidence Suggests That the Coping Cat Program Reduces Anxiety in Children and Teens

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What is the Coping Cat Program? The Coping Cat Program, created by Philip C. Kendall, Ph.D., ABPP and Kristina A. Hedtke, M.A. is a research-based cognitive-behavioral therapy intervention (cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on exploring relationships among a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors in order to help them feel better/cope better) that helps children recognize andContinue Reading

8 Ways I Battle My Depression Every Day and Win!

8 Ways I Battle My Depression Every Day and Win!

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I have literally been battling depression for the last 30 years and I am only 37. I have had ups and down and days where I certainly did not want to live anymore. I experienced severe bullying and parental neglect. I felt lost and hopeless hundreds of times, but I pulled through and I am soContinue Reading