Understanding The Toxicity of Perfectionism
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Understanding The Toxicity of Perfectionism

By Shannan Blum, LMFT, CCATP-CA Having worked almost a decade with clients who suffered from eating disorders, severe anxiety and depression as well as trauma, one of the common themes among many was this push for “perfection” across many areas of their lives. This showed up in body image and appearance, school performance, friendships, relationship…

Shame vs. Guilt
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Shame vs. Guilt

By Shannan Blum, LMFT, CCATP-CA Guilt and Shame can be confusing to many, and yet they influence our mental states and mental health. Understanding the difference between the two can be helpful in changing how we speak to ourselves in our own head (our self-talk). If we are parents, it can also be influential in…

What is the Role of a Psychologist?
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What is the Role of a Psychologist?

  We get questions all the time at Connections Child and Family Center about the role of psychologists. Recently, our founder Dr. Lauren Pasqua discussed this topic on this podcast from Mosaics of Mercy. Here are some highlights from that discussion, or you can listen to the whole podcast here.  What do all those credentials…

The Connection Between ADHD and Anxiety: Why Your ADHD Child May Also Be Anxious
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The Connection Between ADHD and Anxiety: Why Your ADHD Child May Also Be Anxious

Did you know that nearly half of all children with ADHD also have some other type of mood disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or learning disability? And that includes anxiety. Both ADHD and anxiety have a laundry list of symptoms to keep track of. But, as a parent, you might not automatically think your child is dealing…

College Accommodations for ADHD and LD: Getting Your Child the Services They Need
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College Accommodations for ADHD and LD: Getting Your Child the Services They Need

If you have a child with ADHD or a learning disability, it doesn’t mean they can’t get the most out of a collegiate experience. Today, colleges across the country have put different accommodations in place to help students with disabilities and other learning issues. This makes it easier for everyone to get the college education…

What to Do: After a New Autism Diagnosis
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What to Do: After a New Autism Diagnosis

What to Do: After a New Autism Diagnosis Whether you are reading this article because your child has just received an autism diagnosis or you are concerned that your child may have autism, this information may be useful. You’re in shock. It’s not supposed to be this way; this isn’t the child you dreamed of…

What Makes a Good Autism Assessment?
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What Makes a Good Autism Assessment?

What Makes a Good Autism Assessment? Researchers and clinicians in the field of autism and autism spectrum disorders (e.g. Asperger’s Disorder) consistently identify the following things as essential to a quality autism assessment. 1.Clinician should gather background information, previous evaluations, and interventions. The practitioner should gather information about all aspect’s of a child’s development including…

Early Signs of Autism in Infants and Toddlers
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Early Signs of Autism in Infants and Toddlers

The newest research suggests that autism is now affecting up to 1 in 88 children. That makes it certain that someone you know will have a child affected by this devastating condition in your lifetime. Research consistently shows that the earlier autism is diagnosed, the more positive the effects of early intervention are. This is…