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Transgender Kids and Gender Dysphoria

The term transgender has been very much in the news over the last several years, but many of us know little about the experience that makes an increasing number of young people say they are the wrong gender, and need to make a change. The experience of being transgender, or more broadly gender nonconforming,

By |2020-02-21T10:29:39-08:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

5 Ways to Stop Spiraling Negative Thoughts from Taking Control

One gradual habit can become a powerful mental tool With most external wounds, treatment is usually pretty straightforward. For instance, when you cut your finger, you can use antibacterial cream and a bandage, and after some time, the wound will close. You’re pretty much good to go. Treating your thought processes isn’t as easy

By |2020-02-21T09:31:02-08:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Social Challenges of Kids With Learning Problems

When we think of children with learning challenges, we think of difficulty with reading or math, with being organized, with paying attention and staying focused in school. But many students with learning and attention disorders also have social and communication problems. They have trouble connecting with other kids, making friends and understanding what’s expected

By |2020-02-12T09:28:53-08:00February 12th, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

How Trauma Affects Kids in School

We tend to think of trauma as the result of a frightening and upsetting event. But many children experience trauma through ongoing exposure, throughout their early development, to abuse, neglect, homelessness, domestic violence or violence in their communities. And it’s clear that chronic trauma can cause serious problems with learning and behavior. Trauma is

By |2020-01-14T14:57:45-08:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

What’s ADHD (and What’s Not) in the Classroom

Many children with ADHD show signs of the disorder before they reach school age. But it’s in school, when they are having trouble meeting expectations for kids in their grade, that most are referred for diagnosis. ADHD is one of the first things that’s suspected when a child’s behavior in class, or performance on

By |2020-01-21T15:27:28-08:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Anxiety in the Classroom

Sometimes anxiety is easy to identify — like when a child is feeling nervous before a test at school. Other times anxiety in the classroom can look like something else entirely — an upset stomach, disruptive or angry behavior, ADHD, or even a learning disorder. Anxiety tends to lock up the brain, making school

By |2020-01-09T13:22:25-08:00January 9th, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

How Can We Help Kids With Self-Regulation?

If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve witnessed a tantrum or two in your day. We expect them in two-year-olds. But if your child reaches school age and meltdowns and outbursts are still frequent, it may be a sign that he or she has difficulty with emotional self-regulation. Simply put, self-regulation is the difference

By |2020-01-02T13:00:04-08:00January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Create Calm: It Really Matters!

MANY ASPECTS OF ADHD can impact behavior and performance, and the traits will impact each child differently. Always remember what it must feel like for these children every day—think of the chaos in their brains. I like the image of different colors of paint swirling together—beautiful, but chaotic at the same time. Our ability

By |2020-01-02T12:38:33-08:00January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Helping Kids Who Are Immature

As children grow up, the world’s expectations of them seem to change at the speed of light. Schoolwork is suddenly more challenging. Sports that were fun become more competitive and physically demanding. Activities, games, and TV shows your child and her friends loved one day are considered “babyish” the next. All kids struggle to

By |2019-12-18T11:57:29-08:00December 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

The Crisis in Youth Suicide

Too often, suicide attempts and deaths by suicide, especially among the young, become family secrets that are not investigated and dealt with in ways that might protect others from a similar fate. The death of a child is most parents’ worst nightmare, one made even worse when it is self-inflicted. This very tragedy has

By |2019-12-18T11:51:06-08:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments