Anxiety

Festivity of Foods: Not for Kids with Anxious Moods

For many kids with anxious moods, holiday meals are nothing to celebrate.  Let's explore the anxious moods of Maddie, Anthony and Patty.  Discover tips and ideas to reduce or eliminate a child's anxiety around...

How to Help a Child Overcome Defecation Phobia

Children with defecation phobia form a vicious circle that often involves withholding a bowel movement for days followed by a bowel movement that would accompany ritualistic behaviors. George, aged 12, believes he will become contaminated...

Headaches on the Rise in Children: Explore Solutions

An increasing number of children are presenting to emergency rooms and being admitted to hospitals with a complaint of headaches.  Medical records, of patients aged 4 to 18 years who visited an emergency room...

ASD, OCD or SPD: Which is the Best Fit?

With certain children, it can be hard to tell the difference between an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). You may see a child with just...

Three Ways to Decrease School Anxiety

The sun is setting a little bit earlier.  The stores are filling their aisles with binders, pens and paper.  The furthest thing from your child’s mind is starting another school year.  And if it...

Reduce Anxiety with Realistic Thinking & Other Tools

Anxiety, also called angst or worry, is a psychological and physiological state characterized by somatic, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components.  Anxiety can create feelings of fear, worry, uneasiness, and dread. Anxiety is considered to be a normal reaction to a stressor.  When anxiety becomes excessive, it...

Anxiety: 5 Resources to Find a Therapist

You notice that your child appears to be crabbier and more irritable.  She has removed herself from family and even friends.  She is sleeping more than her normal.  She may be reporting more headaches...
behavior

Autism is a Reason for Behaviors, Not an Excuse

Autism, while it is so much a part of me, it can also make some things harder. The same may be true for the children and adults that you work with who have various...

Plan Ahead to Reduce Anxiety

One of the most common problems associated with the various isms that children may have is - anxiety. Sure, a little anxiety is normal, most kids can be anxious about things. The difference is...

Address Trauma in Children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Nine year old James had been in a car accident with his father.  Shortly after the accident, James started experiencing negative intrusive thoughts. James repetitively asks, "What if we’re driving and the car smashes into...