with Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA

Child Development

ADHD: Tips to help kids with ADHD improve focus (especially for when they go back to school)

The upcoming school year is getting closer and closer. All kids who are headed back to school will have to manage some level of transition. For basically all kids, this requires them to become more focused, more disciplined, and more organized. Kids with ADHD may have an even more difficult time with this transition particularly if their summer has allowed them much more flexibility, freedom, and less demands than the school year (as my son's summer has).


Back to School: Getting Your Child’s Mental Health in Shape for a Great Start to the School Year

The next school year is fast approaching. Kids will be returning to school once again. Parents will be adjusting to the back to school season with all that the transition brings; There may be stress, exhaustion, lack of sleep, busy-ness, chaos, and irritation, but there may also be optimism, excitement, hope, energy, and enthusiasm.
To help your children and yourself have a less stressful and more positive experience with the back to school season, it is helpful to work on getting your children's mental health in shape to help them start the next school year with a healthy, stable and strong mind.
Here are some things you can do to improve the mental wellness of your children particularly as it relates to preparing them for returning to school. This, of course, will ultimately make things easier on you, too.


The Weight of the World; Helping Kids (and yourself) to be happier, more content, and have more peace

Kids these days have a lot to manage. There's all the activities they are involved in. There's school. There's the heavy workload and high expectations put on them by the school and by society. There's peer pressure, mixed messages from the media, and the changing lifestyle of childhood which includes technology, busy-ness, health concerns, and many other stressful things.

I'm quite certain that if you are a grown-up reading this that you feel many of those weights on your shoulders, as well.

Find Motivation to Get Through Your Day with Less Stress


I came across this video the other day. Eric Thomas (the speaker in the video) has such a great message. Although this video does not directly relate to children's therapy, it is so inspiring that I felt the desire to share it with my readers.

For anyone who struggles at times with having the energy and the focus to get through their days, for anyone who gets overwhelmed at times, or for anyone who gets exhausted with life on occasion (or maybe often), this video has such an inspiring message.

Personal Wellness

Free Association: How to be more creative

I was at a loss for coming up with a great idea for this blog post. I desire to be a wonderful, inspiring, great writer, but as I put more and more pressure on myself, I sometimes experience a block to my creativity. This is somewhat representative of my life. In some situations, the more pressure I have, the more locked down I can get. On the other hand, having certain types of pressure such as a deadline (My personal goal that I have to write this post today!) can help me to find ways to get the job done.

So, through this post, I will provide you with how I came up with a topic as well as how you can delve deeper into your own creativity.

Personal Wellness

6 Lessons Kids Can Teach Adults

"A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires." -Paulo Coelho

Kids and adults experience the world and live their lives differently. The way in which children function, the way they view their surroundings, the way they think and feel and process provides some lessons to help adults live their lives with more peace, happiness, and fulfillment.

1.Enjoy Life

Despite challenges that kids may face, most kids are able to enjoy life. Even kids who are going through some pretty tough times are able to separate from their difficulties and have experiences of sincere happiness, joy, and freedom. Even kids who have a heavy weight on their shoulders from the troubles they have experienced or are currently experiencing can seem to have positive experiences in life in which they are living in the moment and experiencing positivity and peace even if for a short time. Of course, some kids have more severe mental health concerns which result in less enjoyment of life, but most of the time, kids have a natural ability to find joy in whatever life they have.


Why do Siblings have to Fight so much?

It's about mid-way through summer break for most kids. School will be starting back up before you know it. Many kids spend more time with their siblings during the summer than they do during the school year. This time spent together inevitably leads to more bickering, more butting heads, more annoyances between siblings.

There are many reasons siblings fight. Here are a few of the factors that influence sibling rivalry.

Personal Wellness

5 Tips for Living a Life you Love

I have many roles and responsibilities as I'm sure many of you do, as well. Others may find their identity mostly coming from one main area of life such as their long-term career or being a parent or a combination of the two.

For each person, the ideal life probably looks at least slightly different. However, for all of us, there are some steps that can be taken to help life to be much more fulfilling.