Behavior

PANDAS

Raising Awareness of PANDAS/PANS Syndromes in Children

Today marks PANDAS/PANS Awareness Day. “PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections) and PANS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndromes) are devastating syndromes that are likely as prevalent as Pediatric Cancer and Pediatric Diabetes.”, the...
magical thinking

OCD: Children and Magical Thinking

A concerned mother shares, "My 12 year old son thinks something bad will happen to me if he doesn’t do what OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) wants.  For example, this morning he knelt down to tie...
downtime

Give Your Brain the Downtime it Needs – Set Devices Aside

Over the last ten or so years, there's been a trend where the increasing mobility of devices has led to greater dependence and constant communication.  However, our brains are not getting the downtime they...
school anxiety

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 stress

7 Delightful Foods to Help Reduce Kid’s Stress

Stress.  More and more children in the American classroom are experiencing higher levels of stress than ever before.  This chronic stress is resulting in anxious kids with diagnosed or undiagnosed generalized anxiety, social anxiety...
discipline

Discipline: End the Cycle of Yelling

Some days, it seems as if yelling is just another tool in the endless arsenal of parenting techniques for discipline, up there with spanking, bribery and sanctions. We've all used these tools at one point...
anxiety

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...
anxiety

Uncover Anxiety with a Simple Game

All children are nervous, particularly on tougher days like the first day of school or a dentist appointment. This is fairly normal but sometimes that nervousness spills over into abject terror.  It is not...
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...