Written by: Eva Benoit
What have you got planned for the family vacation this summer? Is it an exciting trip to the beach? Maybe a weekend out in the wilderness? Perhaps you’re visiting some relatives you haven’t seen in ages? Whatever it is, you’re sure to have a wonderful time playing with the kids -- once you get there. The road can be difficult, especially with the little ones, but there are some things that can make it easier for everyone.
A Thorough Cleaning
It may seem brand new, but strange odors have a way of seeping out of the car’s upholstery when you least expect it. Make sure this doesn’t happen by giving the interior a good going-over the day before you leave. It’ll also kill any invading germs and keep everyone healthy. Good Housekeeping offers up some helpful tips so you can do the job right.
Plenty of Snacks
Yes, there is the risk they’ll make a mess after all the cleaning, but everyone’s got to eat. While stopping for fast food along the way is tempting, you’ll save money by preparing food at home for your trip. Peanut butter and jelly is an old standby that never gets boring, though you can add something exotic to the mix, such as crackers and veggie sticks dipped in hummus. Don’t forget a few wraps or protein boxes, which are easy to munch on in the car.
Games and Activities
Bringing games and planning activities are great ways to keep the kids quiet. Travel Mamas, a website that specializes in hitting the road with the family, has a whole list of board games for kids of all ages, including the classics Checkers and Connect Four, as well as some new additions like Bananagrams. Crayons and coloring books are another wonderful way of passing the time -- as long as the road isn’t too bumpy, of course. Make sure you keep your kids’ toys and games clean to avoid picking up any unwelcome germs while you’re on the road.
Pillows and Blankets
Their little brains worn out from playing, the kids will likely pass hundreds of miles in peaceful slumber, and that’s all the better for you behind the wheel. You can make it easier for them to catch their 40 winks by bringing along a few pillows and blankets. It make take a little effort to find one that fits perfectly for the plane, train, or car, so take your time and choose wisely rather than wasting your money on any old thing. In fact, bringing their favorite pillows or blankets from home can cut down on cost -- and make them feel more at ease during the trip.
Some Screen Time
If they don’t doze off immediately, you could always put a movie on the laptop for the kids to enjoy. There are plenty available to keep them in an adventurous spirit as the miles pass by. The youngest of the youngsters would love animated features like “The Chipmunk Adventure” or “Madagascar,” while now might be the time to introduce the older ones to “Vacation.”
The Right Playlist
Now that the movie’s over, why not put on an album for the whole family to sing along to? There are plenty of kid-friendly music options that you can groove to while you’re driving. Metro Parent has everything you’re looking for to create a killer playlist that everyone can enjoy.
Everybody needs a bathroom break, and you could likely use a cup of coffee to keep your eyes from glazing over from staring at the road. Little do you know, this could be the best part of the trip. There are plenty of museums, historical sites, and outdoor attractions scattered across the country, and often not too far from the main road so you don’t lose too much time. Additionally, a lot of these places are free to visit, saving you money in the process!
Nothing can ruin the road trip faster than a boo-boo while playing in the grass at the rest stop or a headache from staring at the passing scenery for too long. Make sure you have medical supplies stored away in the glove compartment just in case. Your kit should include some alcohol wipes and Band-Aids for cuts and scrapes, as well as some junior Tylenol to dull the pain. And don’t forget the Dramamine.
Barring a delayed flight or a breakdown, everything should go just fine. Just remember to plan ahead, bring something to keep the kids entertained, prepare some edible goodies, and pack some medical supplies. Get ready to have some fun.
Written by: Miranda Dekker, LCSW
It’s that time! Time to send our kids back to school!
All kidding aside, sending a child back to school can be a bittersweet time for parents or caregivers. The summer time came with no homework and a less hectic extracurricular activity schedule, vacations, more time outside, and no homework, and no homework (oops! I said that already! Can you tell how much homework stresses me out?!?)
Gathering back to school supplies, packing their lunches, and waving goodbye as their bus pulls away, can all be overwhelming for child and parent, alike. However, at the end of the day, parents are the ones who will lose sleep and stress over their child not succeeding in school.
Many parents who struggled in school believe their child will likewise struggle with academics. However, it is important to know that every child is different, and motivation for school and academic rigor are not always passed down genetically. On the contrary, children’s creativity and knowledge can also be learned behavior from their environment – it’s that whole nature vs. nurture argument all over again!
Executive Functioning Skills, Learning Strengths & Weaknesses
For some people, all the stars are aligned at the right time—motivation, skill and attitude combine to create a successful outcome. But for most of us, it’s way trickier and a much more uneven path to motivation and success. When you think about it, not every kid asks teachers for help, completes all their homework on time all the time, reviews the material they learned each night and puts aside all the other distractions to get down to their studies. The ones who do are typically the kids who have what is called “good executive functioning, skills” because the front part of their brain is more developed (aka frontal lobe). This plays a significant role in school achievement. It helps the regulation of emotions, attention span, perseverance, and flexibility. For many kids, however, their executive functioning skills often do not develop until much later in the adolescent years. And this is completely normal! This just means your child needs to build upon these functions with your help and positive reinforcement
On the other hand, for some children, school work may be a challenge due to a learning issue, or an emotional, or attention problem which can cause children to disengage academically. As a parent or caregiver, you may be able to pick up on these challenges by observing your child during homework time, unstructured play, or when completing a household task. If you do find your child to be struggling academically due to one of these above issues it is recommended to contact a healthcare professional who specializes in diagnosing these issues in children and adolescents.
But not all kids who are under performing in school have a diagnosable problem. And there are a number of things parents can do to help motivate kids to try harder.
As a parent, your presence in the academic life of your child is crucial to her commitment to work. Do homework with him and let him know that you’re available to answer questions. Get in the habit of asking her about what she learned in school, and generally engage her academically. By demonstrating your interest in your child’s school life, you’re showing her school can be exciting and interesting. T
his is especially effective with young kids who tend to be excited about whatever you’re excited about. Show enthusiasm for your child's interests and encourage her to explore subjects that fascinate her. If she's a horse nut, offer her stories about riding or challenge her to write a story about horses.
Teenagers can shut down if they feel you are asking too many questions, so make sure you are sharing the details of your day too. A conversation is always better than an interrogation.
Likewise, it’s important to stay involved but give older kids a little more space. If you’re on top of your son all the time about homework, he may develop resistance and be less motivated to work.
Reward effort Rather than Outcome
The message you want to send is that you respect and value hard work. Praising kids for following through when things get difficult, for making a sustained effort, for trying things they’re not sure they can do successfully, can all help teach them the pleasure of pushing themselves. Do this rather than praising for good grades. Instead, ask about what he's learning, not his grades or test scores. Ask her to teach you what she learned in school today. Focus on his strengths, and encourage him to develop his talents. Don’t forget, even if he didn't ace the math test, he may have written a good poem in English class or improved his spelling score. Highlight their skills and completion of tasks rather than focusing solely on how well they did.
Understand that kids need to buy into the value of doing well. Think about it in terms of your own life—even as an adult, you may know it’s best to eat right, but actually following through is another story! In a way, your child must own the importance of doing well himself. Another old age discussion of internal vs. external motivation. We hope our children are intrinsically motivated to do their best in school, but not all children are motivated that way.
You may need to rely on good ol’ extrinsic rewards to get your child motivated. The hope is that when your child realizes how good it feels to work hard and receive the pay off, the external rewards will be less motivating than that internal satisfaction and pride. So, it’s okay if you start with rewards and incentives.
Many parents are nervous about rewarding kids for good work, and it’s true that tangible rewards can turn into a slippery slope. As a parent, utilizing extrinsic motivation will eventually be internalized by your child. For example, children respond well to social reinforcements like praise, hugs, and high fives. For children, these reinforcements are comforting and feel good, therefore they are more inclined to achieve more. Use rewarding activities which may have occurred either way, but placing them after a set amount of time doing homework or studying will help form positive structure and expectation for your child.
Be Firm Yet Flexible
Try your best to be a parent who is kind, helpful, consistent and firm versus punitive, over-rewarding and controlling. For every negative interaction with your child, try to create ten positive ones. Try to put the focus on supporting and encouraging him instead of worrying and nagging. This is a crucial time for parents to seek help and support when needed so to not project your frustration onto the child. When you start to believe his grades are a reflection of you or your parenting, you will be on his case—and it will be harmful and ineffective.
Break it down
Talk to your child about breaking down assignments into small portions and organize work in an order that works best for them.
Create a calendar together and mark down what he or she will work on for the day. Have your child get creative with this calendar and often reflect back on how much progress they have made.
Help your child to organize school papers and assignments so he feels in control of his work. Once your child starts to see how being organized helps better prepare him for school, he will start to organize on his own.
Breaking work up into smaller chunks and using small breaks as rewards will also be helpful. Build upon their sense of responsibility by allowing her to choose extracurricular activities, assigning them chores, and asking their input on family decisions.
Don’t forget that during these younger years children need structure and a dedicated quiet work area. Try your best to give your child quiet time when they are working and encourage them to let you know when they have completed a task and give them praise!
Understanding How Young Children Learn by Wendy L. Ostroff
How to help your child get motivated in school by Danielle Cohen
Dr. Liz's Book Review: "Let Your Heart Out: How to Escape Your Thoughts and Reconnect With The Most Important Parts of Yourself" by Dr. Stefani Reinold
Dr. Liz's Review:
Written by a woman, a mother, a professional, this book truly spoke to my heart! Stefani is genuine, honest, and spoke of her experiences, emotions, and struggles in vulnerable way that made it easy for me to relate. This book is a must read for women who are raising babies and businesses. Women who aim to do it all and do it really well, every moment of every day.
Stefani debunks our need to keep it perfect, calls out the ugly parts of a woman’s journey in life as a mother, a wife, a friend, and a professional. I genuinely appreciate how she verbalized for me how she thought that when she accomplished the different milestones of gaining her degree, getting married, having a baby, she would have felt fulfilled. But she didn’t, and many women don’t. She beautifully identifies that the reason for this is because we are not being true to our hearts and we have spent a huge part of our lives, time, energy and thoughts trying to live up to standards that were not truly created by our hearts.
As a Child and Adolescent Psychologist and mother of 3, it felt as though that Stefani has been on my life journey with me. She eloquently describes her emotional experiences and offers suggestions and exercises to help you re-connect with you.
I strongly recommend this book to any woman who can’t answer the question, “Who Am I?” or “What do I want in my life?” Whether as a result of divorce, a growing sense of dissatisfaction, or feeling lost by the roles we feel like we need to take on to be a “good (insert role here)”.
Well done, Stefani! And thank you for putting into words all of the feelings that we women have but feel ashamed or embarrassed to have.
Written by: Chrissy Sunberg, M.Ed., AAC
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be a real struggle. It’s a complex neurological condition, and it affects our cognitive abilities used for planning, organization, and time management as well. It’s an invisible disability that results in our children and adolescents (and adults too) struggling in silence. Children with ADHD look like every other kid in the classroom or the karate class, and this is where it’s difficult for parents to advocate for their children because they become their child’s executive functioning brain for years, until they can’t ‘cover it up’ anymore. And then the real struggle begins for our children.
The Physiology of ADHD
Children with ADHD have different brain wiring along with possible comorbid disabilities, such as anxiety, dyslexia, executive functioning deficits and/or specific learning disabilities. There is no one size fits all profile for any child with ADHD – each child has a unique combination of symptoms and challenges.
Studies have also shown that the ADHD brain produces lower levels of a neurotransmitter called norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is linked arm-in-arm with dopamine. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that controls the brain’s reward and pleasure center. Lower levels of dopamine can result in the experience of depression, a low tolerance for stress, increased fatigue, mood swings, poor ability to concentrate, addictions and failure to finish tasks.
ADHD is known for setting its own set of rules. The ADHD brain is consistently inconsistent. A person with ADHD may be able to retain information from the school work, but yet, the next day, he can’t get his homework started. Because our children with ADHD have difficulty with handling situations and struggles consistently, this plays havoc on their feelings of confidence, certainty, safety, ability to trust, etc. Hence the inconsistent presentation of our children on a day to day basis in school and at home.
Despite ADHD’s association with learning disabilities, ADHD does not mean that our children are less intelligent, less capable, or less talented. In fact, many of our children with ADHD have significantly higher-than-average IQs. It’s important for a student with ADHD to learn their processing styles and get to know what works best for them so that they can become their best advocate in school and later in life.
Yes, ADHD Is Real
SO, to answer the question – ADHD is real. There are real physiological implications, even if they can’t be seen with our physical eye. The ‘symptoms’ affect our children’s ability to regulate their emotions, plan ahead, start a task, finish a task, focus for a sustained period of time, and be able to remember where they left their back pack, shoes, or daily planner.
Supporting Your Child with ADHD
Introduce your Child to his Teacher
Start the new school year off by scheduling a time to meet with your child’s new teacher and give him/her a profile on your child. It’s always helpful to create a bullet list of your child’s strengths and weaknesses to hand to your child’s teacher so she he/she doesn’t have to take notes about your child or commit anything to memory. Also, use this as a time to describe your child’s learning style, learning strengths and accommodations that have worked in previous years.
Schedule Monthly or Bi-Monthly Parent-Teacher Meetings
Schedule monthly check-ins with your child’s teacher to ensure that he’s receiving effective accommodations. Together, discuss how you can challenge your child academically, behaviorally, socially and emotionally in slow and progressive ways that emphasize praise and positive feedback.
Insist on Multi-Sensory Teaching Methods
Use a variety of strategies to accommodate the multitude of learning styles in the room will be of key importance to learning for your child. Include visual, auditory and kinesthetic facets to all lessons, plus opportunities for students to work cooperatively and individually.
Make a routine for your child and stick to it every day by using checklist, or laminated signs with reminders in their rooms. Establish rituals around meals, homework, and bedtime. Simple daily tasks/chores, such as having your child lay out his or her clothes for the next day or feeding the family pet daily, can provide structure too.
Break tasks into manageable pieces
Try using a large wall calendar to help remind your child of their duties. Color coding chores and homework can keep them from becoming overwhelmed with everyday tasks and school assignments. Even morning routines should be broken down into discrete tasks.
As your child’s parent, advocate and daily support, you have a stressful job. However, it’s important to remain positive and encouraging, as you know that your child is receiving negative feedback on a regular basis about what they struggle to do. Praise your child’s good behavior so they know when something was done right. Your child/student may struggle with ADHD now, but with the right support and tools they can flourish as an adult with ADHD/ADD. Have confidence and be positive about their future.
Parenting is a challenging, yet rewarding job. Managing our kids' lives, as well as our own, can be difficult. This Is where being mindful of your own needs as a parent, creating a routine for the whole family, and avoiding unpredictability can help lighten the everyday pressures we face. Today's blog, written by Dr. Liz and featured on Nannease, discusses the importance of setting expectations and using consistency as ways to create a more peaceful home!
This month, we are featuring Michelle Molle-Krowiak, LCSW, Ed.S.!
Michelle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and our Certified Play Therapist. Michelle is trained in the sand tray therapeutic method as well as trauma, grieving, and bereavement. She also works with children who have special needs by using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques. In addition, she works with children, and their families, who have Autism, Anxiety, behavioral struggles, and learning disabilities. Michelle brings her proficiency into the home through parent coaching for behavioral strategies to use in the home environment. She is a passionate and dedicated therapist, and has been working with children and their families for the past 20 years!
Written by Nicole Filiberti, LSW:
Picture this -- Johnny is a second-grade student whose pencil just broke during math class. Some kids would react to this situation with little to no distress, getting up to sharpen their pencil before resuming their classwork. After hearing the snap of his pencil breaking, Johnny immediately begins crying hysterically and throws himself on the classroom floor. For a child who struggles with self-regulation, a broken pencil can trigger a huge meltdown as this seemingly insignificant event overwhelms him. An emotionally regulated child can adjust to the demands of an environment, a change in routine, and the roller coaster of emotions they may experience throughout the day. A child who struggles with emotional regulation cannot do these things. In fact, daily life tasks feel enormous.
Does this sound familiar? Do you have a child who is easily triggered and ends up in tears or even worse, screams, because their banana broke? Their cereal spilled? Or their backpack just isn’t zippering today?
Many parents come to us with the complaint that “my child has behavioral challenges” when this is a myriad of executive functioning skills that we need to identify and develop. We share with our parents, “No child wakes up each morning thinking, Today, I’m gonna be behavioral!” There is a deficit of skill(s) that we build to help our children to be able to handle life’s daily routine changes and mishaps.
What Is Self-Regulation?
In a recent article published by the Child Mind Institute, self-regulation is defined as "the ability to manage your emotions and behavior in accordance with the demands of the situation.” The article continues to share that self-regulation "is a set of skills that enables children, as they mature, to direct their own behavior towards a goal, despite the unpredictability of the world and our own feelings." Instead of requiring an outside source of regulation, such as the prompting of a teacher or parent, a child who can self-regulate has enough self-awareness to utilize coping skills and appropriate problem solving techniques when they need them.
Who Needs Help with Self-Regulation?
Children with ADD/ADHD, anxiety, Autism spectrum disorders, Sensory processing disorders, trauma and more are more likely to struggle with self-regulation. There are also many children who may not face any of these challenges and still have a difficult time gaining control over their emotions. Learning and practicing different coping skills, as well as the importance of appropriately expressing emotions, helps these children with their self-regulation skills.
The "Zones of Regulation"
Occupational Therapist, Leah Kuyper, developed a wonderful framework that assists many children and teens with their self-regulation. The Zones of Regulation is a visually-interesting way to break down emotions by organizing them into four different zones, Blue, Green, Yellow and Red.
By discussing with children what the different zones mean, and what they specifically look like and feel like while in each different zone, you are assisting them in being able to identify and process their emotions. The Zones of Regulation can then be utilized to help children identify coping skills that can help them go from one zone to the next. For example, I like to ask children how they can get from the red zone to the yellow zone, or from the blue zone to the green zone.
Let me explain this a little bit – blue is the zone when a child is under-stimulated, lethargic, and just not feeling up to doing anything; green is the zone where you are self-regulated and feeling fine! Yellow where the child is beginning to feel out of control. Red is when you see, well, red! Red is the zone when we see our children screaming, crying, speaking negatively about a situation or themselves, or hitting.
We work with our kids to help them understand how their body feels when they are in each zone. Most importantly, we focus on how our children feel when they are in the yellow zone so that they can bring themselves back down to the green in an effort to avoid the red zone. Physical sensations often include becoming hot, clenching teeth, wanting to cry, stomach pains, feeling lightheaded, etc. These are the signs that the system is going to blow if we don’t back it up. Then, we focus on the things they can do to bring themselves back down to green.
In working with our kids, we realize that they don’t like to be in the red zone. They feel out of control. The goal is to help them realize that they can meet their needs by engaging an adult (parent, teacher, grandparent, etc) and asking/gesturing for what they need instead of yelling, deep breathing, walking away, etc.
Although it’s a fancy term, self-regulation is a complex skill that we can break down using the Zones of Regulation system to help our children to gain awareness of their bodily cues and learn skills to help them feel in control and in the green!
The transition from high school to college can be daunting. What can make it even worse is when your child's first year college experience dosen't live up to their expectations, which are often based off what they see on social media. This blog from ScreenAgers talks about how social media may influence your teen's transition into college, and provides tips on how to talk to your child about social media!
Written by: Michelle Molle-Krowiak, Ed.S., LCSW
Being a parent is difficult, really difficult. We have moments of wonder and awe and many moments of multi-tasking, driving, cleaning up a mess, cooking, breaking up fights, tending to cuts, helping with homework, finding solutions to struggles, and so much more. It’s very easy to wish the day and years away to when you can finish your cup of coffee and maybe even sleep in!
As a mom of four, it is my personal quest and self-journey to look for ways to be more positive. That is, how to avoid being sucked into the tornado of negativity, which is easy to do, especially with parenting. This is more than looking at the bright side, it’s about truly transforming to a more positive lifestyle and parenting interactions. With the knowledge that your babies grow up, I really want to focus on finding those joyous moments multiple times each day, especially on those difficult days. Like I’ve heard from the beginning of my motherhood journey, “The days are long, but the years are short.” I am trying to be in the moment and cherish the daily tasks, daily laughs, and daily frustrations.
This has led me to the book, Say What You See for Parents and Teachers written by Sandra R. Blackard (2005). Using “The Language of Listening Heart Model” is what she defines as the approach that is based 3 components:
1. “Say What You See” to connect to your child
2. Add a Strength when you observe a behavior you like and want to increase it.
3. Add a “Can Do” when you observe a behavior you do not like and wanted decreased, and offer an acceptable alternative.
For example, imagine you walk into your family room and see you child jumping on your couch. You can state what you see: “I see you like to bounce. Couches are for sitting.”
Add a strength: “You’re a strong jumper and you have a lot of energy.”
Add a Can Do: ”Why don’t we go to the trampoline and jump together?”
The flip side happens all too easily and quickly – we walk into the family room and see our child jumping on the couch and immediately shout, “Hey, get down off the couch now! If you don’t get off the couch, I’m going to away your IPAD.” By using this approach, you are minimizing the negative interaction and instead acknowledging what your child wants or needs. You are giving them a way to accomplish their goal of jumping while sticking to your goal of not damaging the couch!
Using Blackard’s approach, you are using a positive way of teaching limits and acknowledging your child. When you do this, reflect... how did you feel? Did you feel the negative tornado approaching or did you feel the interaction was positive for both you and your child? Using mindfulness is a great way to center yourself in the current moment. Remember that in this journey you will of course hit some potholes, but acknowledge that and keep moving forward with your journey. I use this philosophy and model for my kids on how to connect but also how to repair when you hit those roadblocks or get a moment of lapse where the tornado comes. Teaching yourself and your child all these lessons are so valuable for your family and your everyday life.
Now, I am off to practice this myself how to make my sons’ obsessive playing in Fortnight a positive interaction for us ... Ha!
Thank You for choosing Psychological and Educational Consulting, Dr. Liz Matheis, Nicole Filiberti, LCSW, Michelle Molle-Krowiak, Ed.S., LCSW, Chrissy Sunberg, M.Ed., AAC, and Miranda Dekker, LCSW as your Favorite Kids Docs! We are honored and privileged to be able to work with your children, adolescents, families, and schools!
Written by Miranda Dekker, LCSW:
No doubt about it – our children can be stressed out. With their intense academics, multiple activities, and our rushed family lifestyles, our children feel stressed and distressed. Add on constant exposure to social media and it’s no surprise are struggling with depression, low self-esteem, and fear of missing out (FOMO).
A recent survey conducted by the American Psychological Association found that teens are reporting adult levels of stress due to chronic sleep deprivation and increased academic pressure. Technology, not surprisingly also plays a key role in creating stress for our adolescents and children, who are “wired and tired.”
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. There are many mindfulness practices out there geared toward adults and children. However, one major technique that is used is meditation. Meditation starts with being aware of our body. This act alone can be calming, since our body has internal rhythms that help it relax if we give it a chance. All it takes is sitting in a quiet area, closing our eyes, and tuning in to our breathe, which can be more difficult than you think!
How does Mindfulness/Meditation Impact our Kids’ Bodies and Brains?
Incorporating mindfulness practices and meditation into our day can help our children and adolescents quiet their minds and bodies, and decrease the negative flow of cortisol in their bodies. Taking 5 minutes each day, perhaps at the beginning and/or end of the day, can improve focus, improve test scores, boosted immune systems and lower blood pressure. There is literature that even suggests that meditation can rewire key areas of the brain that are associated with stress, self-awareness and compassion.
Since teenagers have shorter attention spans than adults, we can engage them with playful activities, such as hiking or music.
Guided meditations are very helpful for children and teens because it fully engages the child while allowing them to calm the mind. Here are a few apps that can help with that!
Mindful coloring books can be found anywhere and have become a huge hit in the classrooms for a quick sensory break.
Children benefit from deep breathing exercises, especially those who become highly anxious or stressed. One exercise is called “Darth Vader” breathing. The child will lightly cover their mouth with their hands and take deep breaths in and out making the Darth Vader noise. This will help the child to slow down their breathing and relax.
Another fun activity is called “Spidey Senses” which helps your child become in touch with their senses and become grounded in stressful situations. Instruct your kids to turn on their “Spidey Senses”, the super-focused senses of smell, sight, hearing, taste, and touch that Spiderman uses to keep tabs on the world around him. Have them observe their surroundings by focusing on one sense at a time - e.g. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell? What do you feel under your feet? What do you taste?
For teens and children, mindfulness and meditation teaches them how to more effectively deal with change, stress, disappointments and overwhelming emotions. The teenage brain undergoes important transformations. Meditation can lay the groundwork for a lifetime of improved resilience and focus. Mindfulness and meditation can help children and teenagers turn inward and experience a sense of self control, and become in-touch with their thoughts and feelings. Once a child is able to respond to their personal thoughts and feelings, they can cultivate a sense of emotional intelligence and learn how to connect with people in more meaningful ways for the adult years that follow.
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Mundasad, S. (2015, April 21). Depression: 'Mindfulness-based therapy shows promise'. In BBC News.
Pfaff, L. (n.d.). The Mindfulness Revolution. In New Jersey Monthly . Retrieved January 10, 2017.
This month, we are featuring our Executive Functioning Coach, Chrissy Sunberg, M.Ed., AAC!
Chrissy is a certified Executive Functioning Coach and Special Education Teacher. She coaches students to help them identify their areas of weakness while using their strengths. She also engages the parent to help the student to modify their working space so they are able to achieve their identified goals. Most importantly and the key to her success is that she builds a level of accountability and buy-in from her students.
With September just around the corner there are many changes that come along with back to school time. Although the idea may seem daunting, it doesn't have to be. Today I share with you a few of my tips on how you can make the transition into September a bit easier on Jolene Philo's Different Dream Living blog!
Dr. Liz Matheis
Dr Liz Matheis and her team specialize in assisting children and their families with Anxiety, Autism, AD/HD, Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Struggles