Category - Special Challenges

Supporting Our Children in Difficult Times

Parenting Skills
Raising Boys
Raising Girls
Special Challenges

By Karen DeVaney, Psy.D., licensed psychologist with Parents Place Recent months have brought more disastrous wildfires, more senseless mass shootings, and other tragedies of violence and stress to our communities and the world. With frightening current events filling the constant news loops and real-time images on social media, many families–adults and children alike–are understandably experiencing increased feelings of helplessness, stress, and overwhelm. In these difficult times, even when not directly impacted by a tragedy, children are at risk of increased levels of anxiety that can affect their behavior and overall sense of well-being. Some amount of anxiety is natural for… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on November 16, 2018

Could it be a Learning Disability?

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Special Challenges

By Robyn Matlon, Psy.D., licensed psychologist with Parents Place Marin Every child has his/her unique set of strengths and weaknesses, but at what point do particular weaknesses become a learning disability? The answer is not always simple. There is no single definitive trait found in a child or adolescent with learning disabilities, and subtle signs may not even become clear until academic demands increase in middle school. So how do you know if your child might have a learning disability? Here are some signs and struggles to look out for, based on your child’s age and grade level demands: Preschool… Continue Reading


Posted by Robyn Matlon on November 14, 2018

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

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At Parents Place, we understand the challenges of raising children with special needs, and we’re here to help.