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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 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 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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Posted on Aug 29, 2017 in Autism, Children, Counseling, News, Parenting, Resources, Self Esteem, Social Skills, Teens, Therapy

Social Skills Groups Begin September 17, 2017

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders are invited to join one of our Social Skills Groups, which will begin a 10-week session on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at the Naperville office. The Social Skills Groups will provide: Evidenced-based interventions that will teach a specific skill each week utilizing various teaching modalities Evidenced-based interventions that will teach a specific skill each week utilizing various teaching modalities Curriculum based on Michelle Garcia Winner’s approach to teaching social skills Individualized goals for each child to develop and practice within the home and community A foundation for developing friendships with same aged peers Three age-appropriate groups are available: Elementary Social Skills Group will meet from 11:00am until 12:00pm Middle School Social Skills Group will meet from 1:00pm until 2:00pm High School Social Skills Group will meet from 2:30pm until 3:30pm Bi-weekly parent training opportunities will also be available. Groups will be facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Stafiej and will meet at the Naperville location, 24024 Brancaster Drive. Fee is $90.00 per student. More Information For...

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Posted on Mar 9, 2017 in Autism, Children, Counseling, News, Other Resources, Parenting, Self Esteem, Social Anxiety, Social Skills, Therapy

Autism Social Skills Groups Forming Now

Social skills are an important part of every child’s development. The formation of these skills is often key to developing meaningful relationships as well as a contributor to academic success. What are social skills? Social skills are learned behaviors which promote positive relationships and interactions with other people. Some of these skills are: Communicating with others Negotiating Problem solving Showing empathy Being helpful Expressing generosity Participating in group activities. Why social skills groups for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders? Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders – and other disabilities – often lack social skills. Learning how to communicate effectively – both verbally and non-verbally – with peers can boost self-esteem, combat loneliness and help lay a foundation for a successful academic and social experience. Social Skills Groups at Agor Behavioral Health Services, Inc. We invite children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to join one of our social skills groups which will provide: Evidenced-based interventions that will teach a specific skill each week utilizing various teaching modalities Curriculum based on Michelle Garcia Winner’s...

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Posted on Aug 12, 2015 in Anger, Bullying, Children, Counseling, Drug Abuse, Education, Family, News, Parenting, Self Esteem, Social Anxiety, Teens, Therapy

4 Reasons for a Dip in Your Child’s Performance in School

Busy parents running between office and home would prefer things to run as smoothly as possible and the last thing they want to hear is a problem with children at school or below average performance in academics. In the midst of all your regular tasks handling an unmotivated or tense child can become more frustrating if you are unable to control your temper or your child becomes unresponsive. The only way forward is to start spending more time with your child so he or she can slowly trust you and share reason behind the lack of interest in school activities. If your child is not willing to share details about issues troubling him at school then you can try speaking to him about any of the following instances as these are common reasons affecting children in school. Bullying in class Bullying is among the most common reason for children disliking school and expressing disinterest in schoolwork. Children as young as five to six years of age can be very...

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