by Andrea Panebianco, MS
Every person has a distinct set of interests that makes them unique, including children, which is a wonderful thing to recognize as mentor, parent, or teacher. What makes this concept so compelling is that children’s interests can be used to help them learn in a variety of ways; a concept which informs an interest-based learning approach. Using interests can help instill growth and can facilitate the introduction of new concepts (Touhill, N.D.). Similarly, children’s interests can be a useful tool to boost social-emotional skills and communication.
by Caroline Rudin, LMSW, MS.Ed., PMH-C
“Congratulations!” There are balloons and bouquets of flowers all over the hospital room. The room smells sweet and clean. Your makeup and hair are beautifully done up as you lie in bed with soft, cozy sheets and blankets, cradling your newborn in your arms. Your partner is sweetly standing over you, holding your hand, in amazement of your efforts and your child. Your family rushes into the room to gush over your baby and take turns holding and changing her for you so you can begin to rest.
Does this sound like a fairytale? A television commercial? Most times, it is. Let’s rewind, shall we?
by Jessica Satkunasingham, MS
When you think about your family and the amount of screen time that they watch, what comes to mind? Do they watch too much? Too little? Just the right amount?
by Linda Montalbano, Mental Health Counselor
Many children and adolescents struggle, whether it be with friendships, school issues, problems within the family dynamic, or something else. It is very common if your child is hesitant to share their worries and problems with you. Therapy is an excellent outlet for children. In therapy, children learn to talk about and work through their problems. They learn healthy coping methods and communication skills.
How do you know when to take your child to therapy?
It can be nerve-wracking and stressful when you realize your child is struggling. When areas of their lives are affected or become unmanageable, it is a good indicator that your child may benefit from therapy sessions. Some signs include struggles in school performance, changes in friendships and relationships, decreased self-esteem, changes in appetite and sleep habits, and symptoms of anxiety and depression.
by Jessica Satkunasingham, LMSW
Have you ever had a difficult day with your children only to have them give you a hug and a kiss and say “I Love You” at the end of the night? I can guarantee that the day was probably worse for you than it was for them. As a parent, all you want for your children is to provide them with a safe and loving environment, but sometimes our own emotions get in the way.