Break out the thermals, it’s almost October!
During September we read into Bibliotherapy a bit (see what I did there?). We talked about its powerful use in child therapy and highlighted a ton of different books and series that engage children in session as well as at home!
We had a great fantastic submission from Christina Margolis about “grounding” techniques to help kids and adults in the midst of an anxiety attack. These 5 steps can be implemented anywhere, anytime to “blast off” anxiety!
Nicholette Zeliadt told us to think twice about the cognitive skills of autistic children who don’t speak as much as their peers. “Nearly half of children with autism who speak few or no words have cognitive skills that far exceed their verbal abilities, according to the largest study of so-called ‘minimally verbal’ children with autism to date. The findings call into question the widespread assumption that children with autism who have severe difficulty with speech also have low intelligence.”
Considering child therapy for your little one? Dr. Gregory Ramey told us what you should expect and where the lines are drawn in 5 short insights. Dr. Ramey wants everyone considering therapy for their children and those whoa re already in therapy to remember that therapy is not a miracle solution. It takes work, patience, and a lot of change!
L.J. McCulloch shared his story of Billy the Bully to remind us that bullies sometimes use aggression to mask fear. Fear that they may not fully recognize. It’s important to remember if your child is being bullied and especially is your child is being a bully, that though the behavior is inexcusable, it should be met with the proper support and help. “Bullying” a bully is not a helpful response.
Possibly one of the most difficult topics to discuss is the death of a child, regardless of how it occurred. Unfortunately child and adolescent suicide is real and while it may be easier to turn a blind eye on the topic, every parent and therapist should be well educated on the causes and statistics of the topic. Eileen Kennedy-Moore Ph.D. shared her knowledge on the topic because the more you know about such a tragic issue, the more you can help!
For parents who have children with ADHD this will come as no surprise. Kids with ADHD get reprimanded more often then their peers with out ADHD, either by parents or teachers. Because repeating ones-self may get tiresome, the initial reaction may be to snap at the child or dole out warnings and consequences for getting off-task. Don’t be too quick to chastise. Studies show that the best way to keep an ADHD kid focused is not through reproach, but through rewards. These rewards can be as simple as a smile or word of encouragement, it just depends on the complexity of the task!
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