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Posted on May 30, 2019 in Anxiety, Asperger Syndrom, Autism, Children, Children's Mental Health Awareness, Counseling, Mental Health Awareness, News, Parenting, Therapy

Vacations & Autism

Families of children with special needs often avoid taking family vacations as they feel it would be difficult to find a new place that will be adaptable to their child’s special needs. Children on the autism spectrum can have a difficult time dealing with the changing schedules and routines that come with taking a holiday trip. However, this does not mean that they should not have the opportunity to explore the world around them like other children. A  little mindfulness and preparation on the part of the family members can help make a welcome break for the entire family. Tips and Suggestions Research the airline service and hotel. Make inquiries prior to your traveling date in order to learn if there will be any difficulty in accommodating your child. Prepare the airline and hotel for possible scenarios but do not offend/scare them in the process. Ensure that your child is okay with flying. Autism experts and doctors recommended showing pictures of aircrafts to the child to help familiarize them....

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Posted on May 24, 2019 in Children, Children's Mental Health Awareness, Family, Sleep Issues, Teens, Toddlers

Sleep Deprivation & Children

You have heard of adults suffering from sleep deprivation, but children suffer from sleep deprivation too. While the effects of sleep deprivation are detrimental for both adults and children it is more so for children as they are still growing and developing. Sleep deprivation compromises emotional and physical health; it also affects attention span, irritability and increases risk-taking behavior. Children need more sleep than the recommended 7-9 hours stipulated for adults. If a child falls asleep within half an hour of going to bed, wakes up on time without much of a struggle and does not take to daytime napping, he/she can be said to have rested well. Sleep deprivation can lead to a decline in the overall cognitive process. The inability to concentrate, poor decision making and impaired memory, as a result of sleep deprivation can combine to bring down a child’s academic performance. Lack of sleep can hamper a child’s performance in sports too. How Much Sleep is Enough? According the National Sleep Foundation, needed sleep depends...

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Posted on May 22, 2019 in Anxiety, Children, Children's Mental Health Awareness, Counseling, Family, Mental Health Awareness, News, Self Esteem, Social Anxiety, Social Skills, Therapy

Anxiety in Children

Anxiety under certain situations is normal. For example, when a child is taking a test or when he or she is asked to speak or perform in front of an audience – these are situations where it is normal for children to experience some anxiety. But what if a child is always worrying, always anxious? When the anxiety of a child is disproportionate to the situation it can be termed as an anxiety disorder. An anxiety disorder in children is difficult to gauge because children are not very good at expressing their problems and anxious children are usually quieter. So how do you tell if a child has an anxiety disorder? Types of Anxiety Disorders General Anxiety Disorder – This is when a child worries almost every day over everything. Other than the usual things that children worry about, like homework or tests, kids with General Anxiety Disorder tend to worry about little things like playing with friends, riding the school bus or sometimes even about greater things like...

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Posted on May 9, 2019 in Children, Children's Mental Health Awareness, Counseling, Depression, Mental Health Awareness, Parenting, Relationships, Suicide

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Thursday, May 9, 2019 is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Over 10 years ago, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) began to highlight the importance of every child’s mental health as well as share the message that positive mental health is an essential component of health child development. The purpose of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is to increase public awareness about the needs of children and teens with serious mental illness and severe emotional disturbance, provide information on evidence-based practices, encourage those in need of help to seek treatment and support families caring for children with mental health needs. This year, the theme for this day is “Suicide Prevention: Strategies that Work.” This article will take a look at ways to recognize if your child may be considering suicide. Suicidal ideation, or the tendency towards suicidal thinking, is difficult to identify in children. They are more reluctant to talk wanting to die than adults. Not even the child’s parents are privy to these...

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Posted on Apr 17, 2019 in Anxiety, Bullying, Children, Counseling, Cyberbullying, News, Teens, Therapy

Coping With Teen Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying can take many forms. It could be harassment, the use of insulting or vulgar language, demeaning someone, exposing secrets or otherwise embarrassing or intimidating a person in any form. In more dangerous forms, it could result in cyber stalking or even drive the victim to depression or worse. Often, cyberbullying can cause the victims to become withdrawn, frightened, depressed and make them retreat into a shell. As a parent, you will need to look out for signs of cyberbullying and help your teen stop it before it becomes a bigger problem. Watch for signs of cyberbullying If you have a teen at home, it is quite likely they have already witnessed some form of cyberbullying, if not targeted at them, then at someone in their peer group. If your child is the receiving end of one of these online bullies, you need to first be able to identify the problem when it crops up. If your teen has suddenly become quiet, has started avoiding friends, has started locking...

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Posted on Apr 3, 2019 in Children, Counseling, Family, Parenting, Screen Time, Social Skills, Teens, Therapy, Toddlers

Screen Time: How Much Is Too Much?

Growing up, children emulate adults around them – this is no secret. In a hyper-connected world where adults seem to always be hooked to their computer and smart-device screens, it is only natural that children will demand their share of screen-time too. Often, busy parents hand over their laptops, tablets or smartphones to their children to keep them preoccupied and out of their way. Children have grown so attached to these devices that parents have now begun to use screen time as a reward or incentive for good behavior. Parenting experts are against this practice of using devices to bribe children. The American Academy of Pediatrics is against exposing children below 18 months to any kind of device usage. They may be permitted to use these devices beyond this age but only under parental supervision to consume content tailored for their age. Children in the 2-5 age group should not ideally have more than an hour of screen time per day. These precautionary rules are in place to keep...

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