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So often, parents and care givers struggle with bedtime routines for their growing children. So often, parents and care givers struggle with bedtime routines for their growing children.  It is recommended that school age children get 10-11 hours of sleep nightly and teens at least 9 hours.  Parents want night time rituals and practices to…

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Suicide Prevention

Today is National Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide is a topic no one wants to think about or talk about. Yet, According to the CDC (2016) it is the second cause of death of individuals age 10  – 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals ages 35 – 54 according to the CDC (2016).…

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Executive Skills

ADHD and Executive Skills

Are you the parent of a teenager with ADHD? If so, then you probably see some weaknesses, as well as some strengths, in the area of executive skills.  What are executive skills?  They are the skills that your teen needs to be able to manage different tasks, problems and emotions that he/she will confront on…

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EMDR & Trauma

Trauma is the response to a deeply personal distressing event you may have witnessed or experienced where you feared for your life or your safety. Frequently, people whom I work with discount their experiences as being traumatic, incorrectly assuming war veterans are the only ones who experience PTSD;  that isn’t true. PTSD is diagnosed by…

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Fireworks and PTSD

Fireworks, PTSD and Triggering

  The 4th of July holiday is traditionally the official start of Summer fun and celebrations. It is generally a fun time with picnics and social gatherings, often with public firework displays. The use of fireworks is an American tradition that many look forward to. However, for those who have experienced interpersonal violence, or been…

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