Category - Special Challenges

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

Creating a Sensory-Friendly Environment

Occupational Therapy
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Special Challenges

Motor development for a child involves the ability to process the sensory information in their environment—touch, movement, sight, sound, taste, smell, and pressure—and integrate them, along with sensory-motor and perceptual-motor skills. If a child cannot process the sensations around him, he may not be participating in the functional play needed to acquire integrated motor skills for learning. As a result, there may be observed behavior problems, such as difficulty transitioning from tasks and refusal to participate in activities. This child may appear to be always “on the go,” never stopping and/or appearing uninterested. He may begin to receive labels of… Continue Reading


Posted by Deanne Kelly on March 2, 2015

Cutting and Self-Injury: What Parents Need to Know

Discipline & Behavior
Raising Girls
Special Challenges

At a recent panel discussion on teen behaviors, the audience of parents expressed concern about the prevalence of “cutting” and other forms of self-injury among adolescents, particularly girls. As with other issues of concern, knowledge is power, so read on to arm yourself with the information you need to ensure your child is not engaging in this self-inflicting behavior. What is self-injury? Self-harm or self-injury is the intentional, direct injuring of body tissue, most often done without suicidal intentions. Approximately 80% of self-injury begins in adolescence, and approximately 60% of teens who self-harm are girls. While it most often takes… Continue Reading


Posted by Holly Pedersen on August 18, 2014

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