Category - School Challenges

Don’t go!—Recognizing Separation Anxiety in Your School Age Child

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
School Challenges
Special Challenges

From the first day of life humans are social beings. Upon a separation from a caregiver a baby rightfully senses danger and their nervous system pumps hormones, cortisol, and adrenaline through the body to activate the flight or fight response. Separation anxiety at this age of development is not just common, but expected. While the purpose and function of anxiety is to trigger our nervous system to respond, adapt, and survive a dangerous situation, our response systems can misfire. We can cause a “false alarm” to our nervous system when we misperceive an experience or situation as dangerous when it… Continue Reading


Posted by Ellie Pelc on March 3, 2016

Five Questions to Empower You When Considering a Therapist for Your Child

Occupational Therapy
Preteens & Teens
School Challenges
Special Challenges

Have you ever wondered if your child may benefit from seeing a therapist? Or, has a teacher or family member ever suggested that a therapist could be helpful in supporting your child in his or her development? Children and families benefit from therapy for many different reasons. Your preschooler may be struggling to transition to school. Or your kindergartener may be struggling to make and keep friends.  Perhaps your 2nd grader is having trouble paying attention and focusing in class. Or maybe your middle schooler is having strong feelings of sadness or worry. For many parents, the initial process of… Continue Reading


Posted by Ellie Pelc on October 13, 2015

Getting Kids to School

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
School Challenges
Toddlers

Trying to get our kids out the door on time in the morning can be a frustrating and exhausting endeavor. Even when we start off determined to make THIS morning better, we can still end up with arguments and tears. What to do? One of the themes I keep coming back to with parents is the importance of letting our kids know we understand how they are feeling. Even the most empathic among us are sometimes surprised by how easy it is to deny our kids’ feelings. It happens when we are stressed, or under pressure, or just plain exhausted…. Continue Reading


Posted by Julie King on January 5, 2015

7 Things To Do While Waiting for College Acceptances

Education
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens
School Challenges

For many high school seniors, December marks the end of the marathon college application season, an event that can span several years. Choices have been winnowed, tests have been taken, and essays have been written and sent. It’s a time to celebrate getting those applications done, and also a time for an uneasy limbo of waiting to hear back from the colleges. Here are seven things you can do to make the inevitable waiting time more pleasant and productive. Enjoy family traditions Try to appreciate your family life now, knowing that things will likely change once college starts. Enjoy a… Continue Reading


Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on December 2, 2014

OMG! I Only Got a 95: Taming Test Anxiety

Preteens & Teens
School Challenges

Your 13-year-old has a math test tomorrow, and she’s stressing out about it. You wonder why, given that she’s always excelled in math. “But mom,” she says, “what if I don’t get above a 95?” What if she doesn’t? Why is this so important to her …. and to you? “In the super-competitive Bay Area, the fear of a low test grade can have a domino effect,” said Ellie Pelc, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at Parents Place. “I messed up on the test” soon becomes “I won’t get into a good high school,” which soon becomes “If I don’t get… Continue Reading


Posted by Ellie Pelc on April 10, 2014

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