6 Tips to Help with Gagging and Sound Irritation

Gagging and Sound Irritation

Does your child cover their ears and yell when they hear someone chewing food? Do they react to the sound of coughing and sneezing? Does your child gag when they watch people eat?  Are they able to chew and swallow food without retching? There are two sets of symptoms to describe gagging and sound irritation. The latter […]

Teens and a New Arrival – 11 Ways to Help with Intrusive Thoughts, Part 2

family collusion

In the first part of this three part series, you met Laura and Bradley – two teens who began experiencing intrusive thoughts with the welcoming of a new arrival into their families. You learned about the trials Laura was experiencing. You got a glimpse of the struggles that were befalling Bradley. We clearly recognized that […]

Teens and a New Arrival – 11 Ways to Help with Intrusive Thoughts

Stroller - Intrusive Thoughts

This is the opening article of a three part series examining intrusive thoughts that may occur when a new baby enters the family.  Part two of this series will discuss solutions to help keep intrusive thoughts at bay. In this series, we will meet Laura and Bradley, both teens who begin to experience the challenges […]

Foundation for Successful Social Skills Groups for Teens

social skills - teenagers

In our practice, we run multiple teen groups on a regular and consistent basis.  Our groups have been successful for our community and I am often asked questions from prospective clients or fellow professionals — “How exactly do you run your social skills groups?” Many often ask how many weeks we offer in a group […]

Support Kid’s Mental Health #mhblogday

mental health awareness

Mental health: it’s the way your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors affect your life. Having good mental health helps you make better decisions and optimally deal with daily stressors at home, at school, and in your family. Sometimes, you may need help from a professional to take care of your mental health, especially if feelings or […]

Embrace Social Media: Tips to Promote Healthy Social Choices when Logging On

Online Social Skills

This article was co-authored by Samantha Hill, M.S, Erica Ciarciello, B.S. and Erin Malafronte, B.A. All are Clinical Associates of the Social Learning Center and have trained, worked and collaborated with Mr. Abildgaard on effective social cognitive interventions for individuals with social learning challenges. They will be heading a program addressing the social advantages and […]

Feel The Fear: A Treatment for Anxiety

Interoceptive Anxiety

Urmila Pai, M.D. and Kimberly Williams, Psy.D. composed this article in collaboration. Child Therapist: “Carly, it seems you were very anxious. How did your body feel?” Child: “I don’t know…maybe it felt like, running away!” When assessing and treating children with anxiety, clinicians agree it can be challenging to help youngsters understand and give detailed […]

Three Tips to Make Social Concepts “Click”

lunchroom social skills

Developing “friends” and true “friendships” are processes that take years as well as various experiences. It relies on one having the ability to connect with others on a personal level.  Many of the clients I work with “want” friends and “want” to have that social connection, but fall short when in the moment and in […]

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New Years, Goal Setting and our Learning Style

Goal Setting

It’s that time of year again! My goal for 2014 will be to lose 20 pounds!  That’s a great goal on many levels, but what is my plan for achieving my desired end result?  Sadly the pounds won’t magically disappear no matter how hard I wish for it. So, if I set that goal, how […]

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Treat the “Symptoms” or Treat the “Diagnosis”?


I often get asked how important it is to have a “correct” diagnosis to treat the associated symptoms, since the symptoms of many diagnoses are similar. This comes up frequently in my office regarding treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), since this is my area of specialization. Focusing on the “Symptoms of Concern” As far […]

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