Making Sense of Our Past

None of us have made it this far in life unharmed emotionally. Many times, the hurts we experienced in our past continue to affect us in our daily lives. Therapy focused on identifying and processing your adult attachment style can bring you to healing. Continue reading…

REAL Choices

Giving choices sounds really easy, right? Well, sometimes giving REAL choices is not as easy as it sounds. Can you remember a time you were given a choice that wasn’t really a choice? Like your boss “asking” you to work on Thanksgiving or take paid time off? That’s not a REAL choice and could be considered a threat “in disguise.” You either spend time working rather than with your family on Thanksgiving or take an unpaid day off which results in losing paid time you could have spent doing something you enjoy (or getting the laundry caught up!) Let’s look at a choice checklist to be sure the choices we provide are REAL choices that provide learning opportunities, build self-esteem and decrease power struggles. Continue reading…

Holidays and Kids from Hard Places

The holidays can be a very special time for families and children. It is important to keep your needs as well as your child’s needs in mind during this time of year. Although a holiday gathering can be a fun experience, for kids from hard places and “sensory” kids, it can also be over-stimulating and stressful. Read more for tips on keeping the holidays enjoyable.  Continue reading…

What is Play Therapy and How Can it Help?

What is play therapy? How is play therapy different than “just playing”? How can it help my child? Read this article for a description of play therapy and how your family might benefit.  Continue reading…

Why We Lose Control and How to Prevent It

Many parents face daily challenges with anger from their children, their partner’s anger and their own anger. Read more for ways to cope in a healthy way.

“Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry.” ~Lyman Abbott

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Electronic Technology and Children – Do or Don’t?

I always recommend that parents limit electronic media (i.e., video games, television, iPad, and movies), especially for children who are struggling with attention challenges and/or have a history of trauma. Please read this article for further information and tips on ways to integrate media in a healthy way for your child. Continue reading…

Top Five Do’s & Don’t’s for Back to School

Going back to school can be an exciting and anxious time for children. There are new teachers to meet, new classrooms and sometimes new schools involved. It’s important to remember that back to school changes can take time to adjust to, just as a transition would take time for us adults to adjust to. Think about your last career or life change, it usually takes some time to get in the routine. See below for a short checklist of the Top Five Do’s & Don’t’s for Back to School.  Continue reading…

Developmental Risk Factors

Unfortunately, there are many children who experience one or more developmental risk factors during their early years. This blog will outline the “Six Developmental Risk Factors” by Dr. Karyn Purvis of Texas Christian University. Continue reading…

How to Support Your Child after a Natural Disaster

In light of the recent tornadoes that have devastated several towns in Oklahoma, I wrote this post to provide information on ways to support your child after a natural disaster.  Continue reading…

Children from Hard Places in the Classroom

The classroom can be both a challenging and fun place for “children from hard places.” From the array of colors on the walls, to the sounds of children talking and playing, to the scents of dry erase markers and the bumps of little bodies excitedly moving around the classroom, the classroom is a full sensory experience. There are many ways to support learning in children who have struggles in the classroom, read more below.  Continue reading…