Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Why They Matter
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Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Why They Matter

Childhood is a critical time for growth, learning, and building a foundation for a happy and healthy life. However, for some individuals, childhood can be marked by traumatic experiences that have a lasting impact on their well-being. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are such events, and they play a significant role in shaping a person’s physical…

Attachment and Attachment Problems
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Attachment and Attachment Problems

Maybe you have heard of a psychologist or doctor who uses the phrase “attachment.” They are not talking about attaching something to another thing, but rather the quality of the relationship between a parent and a child. This is the core foundation for a child’s expectation that the people they depend on will love and…

All About Parent Child Interaction Therapy
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All About Parent Child Interaction Therapy

What is PCIT?Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a positive, direct, and intensive therapy that helps both parents and children work on their parent-child relationship. What are the stages in PCIT?There are a few stages to Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. The first stage is to gather information about the client’s behaviors and the parent-child relationship. This is…

Toddler Travel Toy Ideas – Screen-Free!
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Toddler Travel Toy Ideas – Screen-Free!

Like many families, we are gearing up for summer travel with kids. The parents we work with often ask for toy recommendations. Here are some recommendations from our therapists, for fun and portable toddler toys. These are easy for car and plane rides and great to use while on vacation! ⁠🚙✈️🚊⁠ ⁠My Quiet Book – …

5 Practical Tips for Helping Your Child Develop Emotional Intelligence
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5 Practical Tips for Helping Your Child Develop Emotional Intelligence

Most parents want to be sure their child has cognitive intelligence that’s on par with whatever might be appropriate for their age group. But emotional intelligence can be just as important. Emotional intelligence in a child refers to how they express their emotions—and how aware they are of those emotions.  It also refers to how…

5 Tips for the Back to School Transition
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5 Tips for the Back to School Transition

Recently in a session a kid told me, “On the first day of school I’m hiding under my bed.”  The lazy days of summer are slowly coming to an end.  Summer has been “chock-a-block” full of fun things like vacations, swimming, sleeping in, hanging out, and NOT having to worry about school.  With school right…

Correcting Children’s Behavior: A Positive Parenting Approach
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Correcting Children’s Behavior: A Positive Parenting Approach

As a parent do you ever feel as though you are constantly telling your child what not to do?  “Don’t run in the house,” “Stop fighting with your brother,” or “I said to clean your room already, why aren’t you listening to me?” If these statements or something similar to these statements resonate with how…

S.O.S Summer Sibling Rivalry – 5 Tips to Taming the Squabbles
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S.O.S Summer Sibling Rivalry – 5 Tips to Taming the Squabbles

Do you feel like you are constantly having to break up arguments over the silliest things?  Are you constantly trying to balance who gets what toy, or who gets to pick the next movie to avoid another fight?  Summer is here which means more time at home and more time for siblings to be around…

Providing Kids Structure at Home: Tame the Chaos
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Providing Kids Structure at Home: Tame the Chaos

By Kelly Guidry, LPC-S            A few nights ago my family was sitting down to eat dinner when our 4 year old daughter  announced that she had “made her calendar.” My husband and I looked at each other somewhat puzzled, as this was out of context, and then politely asked her what she meant.  She informed…

Summer Fun: Break from Boredom!
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Summer Fun: Break from Boredom!

By Kelly Guidry, LPC-S Much anticipation is brewing as summer is quickly approaching.  Kids are ready to be done with school and vow that the summer is going to be so much fun! After about one week, who has heard their child say, “I’m bored”.  What does boredom do?  Creates a recipe for a child…