Category - Special Challenges

Taming Your Anxious Child’s Worry Monster

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Special Challenges

Nearly all children will have fears or worries at some point during childhood—fears of the dark, of heights, of spiders, or monsters. But for up to a third of children and adolescents, their fears become profound and can develop into an anxiety disorder. Most parents strive to protect, comfort, and reassure their anxious children with responses that validate their emotional experience. Saying things like, “I see how worried you are. This is really scary for you.” Showing your child that you care is loving and supportive, but these responses may actually unintentionally fuel and grow the anxiety in the long… Continue Reading


Posted by Ellie Pelc on March 23, 2017

Parents Place Partners with AltSchool to Help Kids Succeed in School and Life

Discipline & Behavior
School Challenges
Special Challenges

For James, 7, making friends didn’t come easily. He had a hard time sitting still. He was impulsive and would often blurt things out in class. He had trouble starting conversations with his classmates and he struggled with sharing and taking turns on the playground equipment. Fortunately, James’s first-grade class is one of the happy participants of social skills groups facilitated by Parents Place. James’ teacher started him in the group and within a  few months he was coming out of his shell, engaging more with his peers and, to his surprise, he even made a friend. Soon the two… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on December 21, 2016

5 Reasons Summer is Tough on Parents (and what to do about it)

Leisure & Vacation
Parents Tips
Special Challenges

As a kid, summer meant freedom and spontaneity. It conjured memories of the ice cream truck, mid-week sleepovers, kickball games lasting until it was dark, and riding my bike barefoot while snacking from a bag of Doritos hanging off the handlebar. I didn’t know how my parents must’ve felt until I became a parent myself. Summer has since taken on a whole new meaning. The anticipation of summer now fills me with a mixture of guilt, annoyance, and anxiety. Sadly, I sometimes find myself wishing away the entire season. So here we are, halfway through the summer, and for many… Continue Reading


Posted by Alyse Clayman on July 18, 2016

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

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