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The month of September used to be a time when all parents got to breathe a little easier knowing that the kids were all returning to school and the last thing you had to do before Labor Day was the scheduling of the immunizations or annual physicals with your pediatrician (and buy a nice gift for…

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Self-Care for Parents

Usually when August is winding down, parents are looking forward to having all of the kids return to school and re-establishing the routines that come with each new school year (and a huge thank you to the teachers for educating and caring for their kids). However, with the dawn of this school year fast-approaching, parents…

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Three Routines for Morning, Afternoon, and Night – Ages 1-6 

Let’s face it! Things are not going back to normal anytime soon. With the COVID-19 pandemic still on the rise and the talk of virtual learning for students in the fall, it’s pretty clear that parents will need to reestablish some simple routines within the house for morning, afternoon and night. Below are three specific…

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Managing Child Grief During COVID-19  

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been surrounded by death and grief. The pandemic has not only elicited stress and anxiety but a collective loss that has spread across the globe. The mandated quarantine and social distancing practices made it impossible for families to properly say goodbye to loved ones. Funerals became a thing of…

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What is Child Anxiety?  

  Worry. Worry. Worry. This year has been full of things to worry about.  Whether personal worries such as managing finances or global worries such as staying safe from the COVID-19 pandemic. Worries have flooded the minds of most adults this year, but how have those worries impacted our children?   Unlike adults, children usually…

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Tips for Child Teletherapy  

  The use of teletherapy has increased tremendously since the start of the COVID-19 quarantine. Many families are seeking resources to enroll their children into teletherapy. Schools are also utilizing platforms such as Zoom and Google Meets to deliver special education services to students from within their homes. Teletherapy may seem daunting for some parents,…

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My Child Needs a Cognitive Test

  Many parents may have questions about cognitive tests, whether for admissions into a private school or to determine eligibility for special education services. Below are answers to common questions that parents may ask.     What Does The Test Measure? Cognitive Tests, also known as Intelligence Tests, typically measures the way an individual learns. The test examines concepts such as memory, reasoning…

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Quarantine Summer Doesn’t have to be a Bummer

School is out and its finally summer! However, the excitement is cut short when you remember that all the fun things you and your family enjoy over the summer are no longer open… Amusement parks are closed. The community swimming pools are closed. Camps are closed. Is it even safe to fly with children for…

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Helping Sensory Avoidant Children Wear Masks During COVID-19

“The mask is too tight”, “I can’t breathe”, “Its itchy”, “why can’t I just take it off” …May all be complaints that a parent has heard their child say. Your child’s discomfort may have grown to the point where they simply snatch off the mask and refuse to put it back on. Sensory processing issues…

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Building Parent Self-efficacy & Finding Purpose in IEP Meetings  

  What just happened?   What did I just sign?   Did I ask the right questions?   Did my child receive the appropriate label and services?   These are questions that parents may ask themselves when leaving an Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting. Parents often feel confused and overwhelmed by IEP meetings. The first step in building confidence…

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