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Play Therapy Tips for Children with Autism

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

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Children with an autism spectrum disorder can benefit from a number of different treatment modalities. Applied Behavior Analysis is an evidence-based approach to helping children with Autism grow and develop. Additionally, many play-based methods can also benefit children with Autism.

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Help for the Daydreaming Child

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

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Children who display disrupting behaviors, such as hyperactivity, talking when they are not supposed to, aggression, fidgeting, and other more challenging behaviors are often the children who receive the most attention in terms of being identified as a child in need of support services in school or as a child who’s parents are struggling to find what discipline and other parenting strategies to use at home. However, there are other children who receive less immediate attention from adults and the school systems because they are not displaying these more disruptive behaviors. Instead, these children often daydream which does not lead to many adults feeling the need to create any interventions for the kids. The kids who daydream may or may not need support services. As a parent or professional working with a child, it is important to consider whether a particular child’s daydreaming warrants further monitoring and possible intervention or not. Read the following information to find out more information about children and daydreaming.

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A New Perspective on ADHD (A Video by Dr. Russell Barkley)

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

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My friend and past co-worker, Naomi, case manager and ADHD expert, from the VFW National Home for Children, recommended that I view the following video from Dr. Russell Barkley as I have discussed with her my efforts at trying to understand and improve my son’s development, functioning, behaviors, and academic issues. The following video is very informative and well-worth the time (almost three hours) if you are looking to learn more information about ADHD and how an ADHD child or adult functions.

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Signs of Autism Infographic

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

As with almost any neurological or mental health disorder, the symptoms or signs of autism may appear in neuro-typically developing children to some degree. When the symptom becomes more severe, more frequent, and/or more problematic for the child’s and/or their family’s day to day living, further action should be taken to consider whether autism (or another condition) is the culprit of the symptoms. Below is an infographic from Autism Puzzles and Halcyon that represents some of the main signs of autism.

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Dyslexia: A Potential Cause of Your Child’s Educational Difficulties

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

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As many children in the United States are managing to get through the demands, responsibilities, and academic expectations of the school system, there are also many children who are having some struggle. Focusing difficulties, attention problems, reading comprehension, and academic underachievement as compared to same-aged peers often times gets attributed to the child’s personal weaknesses or behavior problems or possibly even ADHD or another mental or neurological disorder. One potential factor in a child having difficulty in school, particularly academically is dyslexia, a neurological disorder that is often overlooked.

[pic credit: George Hodan]

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Why Some Kids Bounce Back from Challenges and Others Don’t

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

Here is an amazing infographic I came across from the blog of Renee Jain, MAPP, called Stress Better here on Psych Central. It describes why some kids are able to bounce back when they experience a challenging situation while other kids struggle to overcome difficulties. (This information applies to adults, too.)

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The Science of Being Thankful to Increase Happiness

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

With Thanksgiving around the corner, many people will get through the holiday participating in their family traditions or creating new experiences. It is easy to get caught up in the stress and chaos of the holidays. Thanksgiving (and other holidays) may be enjoyable for you, as well. Despite how you spend your Thanksgiving, it can be an opportunity for experiencing even greater benefits than you might otherwise have by simply going through the motions and getting through the day. If you truly pause and identify what you are thankful for, your personal well-being and happiness can increase. Watch the video above to learn more.

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3 Ideas to Keep Kids Active in the Winter

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

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The winter season can make staying physically active even more difficult. Kids (and adults) need to move around, use their bodies, and stay active. Doing so is good for the body physically, mentally, and emotionally. The cold and limited daylight can make it more difficult to get outside to run around, play sports, take walks, and do other fun outdoor activities. Here are some ways to help kids stay active in the winter months.

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3 Study Tips for Kids with ADHD

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

ADHD can make school a major challenge for many children who happen to have the diagnosis or even for those who present with ADHD-like symptoms but don’t necessarily have an official diagnosis. Not being able to remain focused on one task (especially one that may not be that interesting to the child), being easily distracted, being fidgety, and other characteristics of ADHD can make it difficult to fit into the average American school system. Not only can it be difficult to get through the school day, homework time can be a challenge, as well. Here are a few tips that you can use to help your child with ADHD (or symptoms of ADHD) to have a better experience and better outcomes with homework and studying.

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How to Raise a Confident Daughter

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

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Raising a daughter in today’s society can be a challenge. There are more and more opportunities available for girls as compared to the past, but there are also mixed messages and new issues our girls are facing. With the relationship and guidance provided from a parent, a girl can achieve and do great things, living a life with confidence, inner strength, and contentment. In this article, I will be sharing with you some KEY methods for helping our daughters to have self-confidence, an important trait to living a fulfilling and joyful life.

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