Using Feedback to Address Difficulties

  • 29th July 2021

A colleague and I played phone tag for a few weeks trying review results of a child I had evaluated. When we finally connected, I was relieved to learn that the child was in very capable hands and that the parents were equally encouraged by what they were witnessing in…

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Transitions

  • 7th July 2021

Ready for summer? Leaving for vacation? Sad you are on your way back from vacation? Is it time to head back to school? Perhaps you have a graduation coming up, a new job, or a friend is coming in from out of town. Transitions. There are so many transitions in…

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Low Mood? Get a Nature Boost!

  • 2nd June 2021

A breeze tousling hair, soft grass under bare feet, warmth of sunshine. Juicy watermelon, charcoal-grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, fresh corn on the cob. Bright green leaves, blue skies with puffy clouds, colorful arrays of flowers. The smell of wet pavement after a thunderstorm, cherry blossoms, fresh cut grass. Birds…

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Four M’s of Mental Health

  • 29th March 2021

We are one year into a global pandemic in which our lives have been significantly changed. Isolation, uncertainty, lack of routine and structure, fears about health, and the barrage of sometimes conflicting information has impacted most of us. Perhaps you have noticed a shift in your mood. Or sleep difficulties,…

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“Did I Do Something to Cause This?”

  • 16th November 2020

The terror and fear lurking behind that question is not unfounded, as parents seek to understand their role in creating the current concerns or symptoms they are seeing in their child. And to be honest, I may think the same thing about my own children at times. Discussing the traits…

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Our Brain in Crisis and What To Do About It

  • 31st March 2020

Life had been moving along for most of us in a normal way. Then drastically, yet progressively, everything changed. COVID-19. Social Distancing. Hygiene precautions. Quarantine. Stay at home. Our brains were moving right along with us in a normal way. And then change, panic, error, alarm! Our brains do what…

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Happily Ever After

  • 25th January 2020

“Happily ever-after” was the response by a young man when asked what name he would give a counseling agency. While his response was intended to be funny, the addition of sarcasm to his comment reflected a common mixture of hope and doubt; of suspicion and expectancy linked to seeking help…

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The Third Part of Nature vs. Nurture

  • 1st December 2019

They say hindsight is 20/20, which should mean that we have full knowledge or understanding of the impact of our previous choices. However, there is not always such a direct connection when it comes to child development. In the practice of pediatric neuropsychology, which is the study of brain and…

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Emotional expression, problem-solving and book therapy

  • 17th October 2019

Jonathan, his mother and I went to the beach together several times this summer. Jonathan is my first grandchild and is 18 months old. Jenny was excited to introduce him to the joy, peace and happiness that so many people experience at the ocean. Jonathan was afraid each time. As…

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