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10 Tips for Helping Your Child Overcome Anger

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

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Anger can be an emotion that is difficult for even some adults to manage in healthy ways. Therefore, it is reasonable that many children have a hard time knowing how to handle their anger, as well.

As children grow and mature, they learn about how to manage their feelings, how to act when they feel certain emotions, and what emotions are “acceptable” and which ones are not.

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3 Benefits of Emotional Support Animals for People with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders)

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

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Emotional support animals are somewhat similar to service animals. One of the differences is that instead of helping someone with a physical disability, they help someone with an emotional or mental disability. They can also be helpful for people without an official diagnosed disability. Emotional support animals are not seen or talked about nearly as often as they should be. One reason for that may be because people are not aware of how beneficial they can be.

Emotional support animals can be beneficial for people who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (including autism and asperger’s from editions of the DSM prior to the current DSM-V) and other related disorders.

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5 Sensory Boxes for Your Anxious Child; How to Ease Your Child’s Anxiety Symptoms

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

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Raising a child who has a diagnosis of anxiety or even symptoms of anxiety can be quite the challenge. Many times these children are experiencing feelings they do not understand and that are hard for them to process. It is important to understand that the sooner your child learns to overcome their anxiety, the better they will be able to manage their anxiety as they grow up as well.

There are many ways you can help your anxious child. One of the best ways a parent can help their child in managing their anxiety is to provide the child with sensory boxes. There are many different types of sensory boxes that you can make or purchase and you may need to have more than one box available for your child with different sensory items in it.

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5 Tips for Raising Your Distracted Child: How to Parent a Child With Focus Issues

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

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Parenting can be a very enjoyable process. Parenting can provide you with so much joy as you watch your children grow up. However, as any parent knows, there are challenges that come with raising kids, as well. For instance, there are many children who have focus issues to some extent. If you have a child with focus issues, you should know that there are many things you can do to help them.

Following are 5 important tips for parenting a child with focus issues.

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Sibling Rivalry: How to deal with sibling rivalry so you won’t have to anymore

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

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Sibling rivalry is one of the most challenging, frustrating, and overwhelming aspects of parenting. Kids are so often getting frustrated and annoyed of their siblings for one reason or another. Sibling rivalry can take a toll on everyone in the family.

Why does this occur and how can you, as a parent, deal with it?

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The Truth About ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences): Infographic by RWJF

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

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[Adverse Childhood Experiences Infographic credit: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation]

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, childhood experiences can have a tremendous effect in various ways throughout a person’s life.

Three Types of ACEs

RWJF reports that there are three types of ACEs, or adverse childhood experiences. These are

  1. abuse
  2. neglect
  3. household dysfunction

Abuse can be physical, emotional, or sexual . Neglect can have physical or emotional components. According to the ACEs infographic above, household dysfunction can consist of mental illness, a  mother being treated violently, divorce, having an incarcerated relative and substance abuse in the home.

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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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