What Causes Kids to Have Meltdowns: Childhood Emotional Outbursts
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What Causes Kids to Have Meltdowns: Childhood Emotional Outbursts

Understanding the triggers behind your child’s meltdowns can often feel like solving a complex puzzle. Classic childhood meltdowns are intense bursts of behavior that can include crying, yelling, and other forms of emotional release. They often occur because children have yet to develop the necessary language skills or coping mechanisms to properly express their feelings…

SPACE: Empowering Parents to Nourish Anxious Childhood Emotions
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SPACE: Empowering Parents to Nourish Anxious Childhood Emotions

Childhood anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are common mental health challenges that affect many young minds. As parents, we play a pivotal role in supporting our children through these difficult emotions and helping them build resilience. SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) is an evidence-based, parent-focused treatment that helps caregivers with the tools to…

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 – …

Incorporating Social Emotional Learning into Games
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Incorporating Social Emotional Learning into Games

by Kelly Guidry, LPC-S With school districts rolling out remote learning faster than ever before, we thought it may be helpful to give you some fun ways to also include social emotional learning at home.  One of my favorite ways to do this is through the use of games.   I’m going to walk through three…

Family Play Time: Why It’s Important & How to Do It
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Family Play Time: Why It’s Important & How to Do It

As adults, we might not think much about “playing,” or its importance. For a child, however, playing is a natural form of communication, learning, and growing.  While your child can get a lot out of playing on their own or with friends, family play time is just as important for a variety of reasons.  Unfortunately,…

How Does Play Therapy Help Children Heal from Trauma?
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How Does Play Therapy Help Children Heal from Trauma?

When adults experience a traumatic event or situation, therapy is often very beneficial. While it can be a long road to recovery, trauma therapy can help a person to manage their anxiety and identify their triggers. With young children, though, traditional “talk” therapy isn’t usually the right fit. Depending on your child’s age, it may…

Medical Play Therapy
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Medical Play Therapy

What is medical play therapy? Play therapy is helpful for children who have an illness or must have surgery that requires hospitalization. Hospitalizations are stressful for children and their families. Young children often feel frightened, confused, and out of control. Play therapy is used to help children understand and cope with illness, surgery, hospitalization, and medical…

Floortime Works! New Research Proves It…
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Floortime Works! New Research Proves It…

I remember the days when I wasn’t sure about this therapy called, “Floortime.” I came from a strong behavioral approach (ABA-incidental teaching) to therapy with children on the autism spectrum, which of course “pooh-poohed” anything that was not behaviorally driven. I recall talking over my concerns with my new supervisor, who heard and accepted them…