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Mental & emotional wellness for today's youth & families

The Pitfalls of Device Screen Time for Children

The Pitfalls of Device Screen Time for Children

We are in a digital age where anything can be had at the touch of a button or through a few keystrokes of a tablet or phone.

It is nearly impossible to go anywhere or do anything without the inclusion of digital media.

It is safe to say that society has grown dependent upon the use of smart phones and tablets. They are helpful in many ways but to our nation’s youth, they can be detrimental to development. Read more

The Holiday Blues Series: Most Common Factors of Holiday Depression (& How to Manage Through Them)

The Holiday Blues Series: Most Common Factors of Holiday Depression (& How to Manage Through Them)

During the holiday season, we tend to shift our focus from work and daily responsibilities to time spent with family and friends. For most, it is a welcomed respite from the monotony of the work week.  However, for some, this time of year can stir up problematic symptoms of anxiety and depression. Read more

4 Ways Avoid Holiday Depression

The Holiday Blues Series: 4 Ways Avoid Holiday Depression

At approximately 3 pm on Thanksgiving Day, it seems as if the holiday season swings into high gear.

Before you know it, seasonal decorations are up everywhere and holiday sales — too good to pass up –can be found at every turn!

When the calendar turns and December is upon us, many people feel overwhelmed with the holiday season and don’t enjoy it as much as they should. Family and work functions as well as financial stress are some of the most commonly reported stressors during the holiday season.

While we can’t avoid all stress, the following four tips can help you reduce pressures, avoid the blues, and maybe even enjoy yourself this season! Read more

4 Steps Towards Creating Your New Sleep Routine

4 Steps Towards Creating Your New Sleep Routine

There are many variables that may contribute to the maladaptive behaviors and emotional states of people.

Physical ailments, poor nutrition, and defective coping mechanisms can all contribute to the overall mental state of a human being. However, one of the most commonly explored sources of irritability, mood dysregulation and lack of concentration is sleep or lack thereof. Placing mental health concerns aside, for any person whether they be infant, child, adolescent or adult, sleep is imperative to the normal functioning of every system within the body.

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4 Tips for Managing Device and Screen Times for Kids

4 Tips to Managing Device & Screen Times for Kids

One of the more prominent issues we face in this time is the constant exposure of our children to the unknown and often time dangerous worlds hidden within the internet.

The use of electronic devices as it pertains to child development continues to be a questionable debate, providing convincing arguments in the name of safety and technological advancement. However, as parents, we yearn for moments of serenity and silence when small but important tasks can be completed without interruption.

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DCC-504 Plan not working

WHAT TO DO WHEN THE IEP STOPS WORKING

The most important sections of the IEP/504 Plan are the services and accommodations. On IEPs, services are on a “service delivery page,” which lists the services, when and where your child will get them, and the qualifications of the service provider. In addition, it’s also important to understand your child’s IEP/504 accommodations. Accommodations allow your child to access the curriculum and may include assistive technology or preferential seating, to name a few.
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Helpful Tips To Tackle Anxiety Throughout the Week

Helpful Tips To Tackle Anxiety Throughout the Week

Anxiety has the power to cripple our ability to get things done.

When we experience the hallmarks of anxiety (racing thoughts, tightness in chest, panic etc.), the perception of our obstacles throughout the week becomes worse if we don’t take action.

Why does this happen?

Whether you are a student or in the work force, anxiety can cripple your ability to perform at work or in the classroom and drain you of any energy needed to carry out tasks in your personal life.
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Developing Goals for the Fall/Winter

With the summer ending, the idea of returning to school or back to a rigorous work schedule can be difficult to cope with. …

ADHD: Biological or Developed Disorder?

ADHD: Biological or Developed Disorder?

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is characterized by a constellation of symptoms including impulsivity, hyperactivity, …

Early Depression Screening for Children & Teenagers

The Push for Early Depression Screening Continues

In February, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended yearly screenings for depression in children and adolescents. …