Basic First Aid courses will teach you to elevate a sprained ankle, apply pressure to stop bleeding and always use Universal Precautions to protect yourself while treating others. But what happens when the pain and hurt come from within. A youth with mental illness can so be severely effected by brain chemistry that reality can be distorted … Continue reading How to Prevent the #3 Cause of Death in Youth: Suicide
We all need help. If you believe that you can do it on your own, you probably need it more than everyone else. We all get by with a little help from our friends. But what if the person who can help you the most is the one you least expected : YOUR EX’S NEW PARTNER I’m not talking about the flavor … Continue reading Is your Ex’s New Partner the Missing Piece?
When you blend a family of 6 with special needs ranging from heart defects to ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, impulsivity control, executive function deficiencies, divorce and Eating Disorders, you can have some very intense dynamics from time to time. While there’s no end to the depth and breadth of our “conditions”, the DSM-5 really has … Continue reading The Family that Plays Together…
If you have an upcoming SST meeting you already know the key players in your child’s Student Support Team. It could include teachers, school psychologists, guidance counselors, speech-language therapists, occupational therapists, school nurses as well as the key administrators at your school. While you put your plan together for that first meeting, it pays to go … Continue reading Erase the Stress of the SST Meeting
Our kids are a beautiful mixture of fragility and resilience. Here are 10 tips to keep them and your home joyful this holiday season. Slow down. One of the biggest mistakes we make is trying to cram too much into the month of December. Prioritizing family time spent building family traditions is a gift that … Continue reading 10 Ways to Keep Your Family Sane Through the Holidays
It’s a typical scene at the local playground. A single dad chases a kindergartener around the jungle gym, making inhuman growling noises to add to the thrill of the chase. The tyke tucks behind a slide and the father, who, up until that point, had 20/20 vision, suddenly losses all object permanence and hoovers just inches … Continue reading Why it’s Essential to Challenge Your Kids
A child with “special needs” is a broad spectrum of conditions that can strain a family. Whether it’s a physical disability, a cognitive delay or both, early intervention and a positive environment are the 2 key factors that can help keep a family together. While the likelihood of divorce increases when one or more children … Continue reading Divorce More Likely with Kids with Special Needs
You’re a 1%-er. You’re planning your amicable divorce from your best friend. You’ve agreed to split the debt down the middle and walk away licking your wounds. Your former spouse and you agree to a “my family”/“your family” division of the wedding gifts and you two will remain best friends forever. Heck, you are even … Continue reading Is a Happy Divorce Possible?
The 2016 Summer Olympic games begin today. After 120 years, 26 summer games and 22 winter games, more than 11,000 athletes will compete this year in Rio. The athletes, from 205 nations, along a refugee team of survivors who have fled the conflict in their own countries, understand the key element that draws a line between … Continue reading Do This 1 Thing to Better Your Life
Relationships and conflict go hand-in-hand. Whether the conflict is between you and your ex-husband/ex-wife, between co-workers or if it’s a landlord and tenant dispute, Harville and Helen have the key to understanding why you’re reacting the way you are and what to do about it. In one of their best-selling books, Getting the Love You Want, Harville, the … Continue reading This 1 Trick Will Calm Any Conflict