Category - School Challenges

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Discipline & Behavior
School Challenges
Special Challenges

For James, 7, making friends didn’t come easily. He had a hard time sitting still. He was impulsive and would often blurt things out in class. He had trouble starting conversations with his classmates and he struggled with sharing and taking turns on the playground equipment. Fortunately, James’s first-grade class is one of the happy participants of social skills groups facilitated by Parents Place. James’ teacher started him in the group and within a  few months he was coming out of his shell, engaging more with his peers and, to his surprise, he even made a friend. Soon the two… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on December 21, 2016

Preparing for a Successful School Year

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
School Challenges

Heading back to school can be an exciting time for some kids and daunting for others. Some love the anticipation and can’t wait to see whose classroom they are in and which friends will be with them. Others may struggle more during the school year and the thought alone elicits worry as the days grow closer to the start of school. Whether your child fits one of these categories or falls someplace in between, these tools will help you and your child ease back in to the academic year with less angst. Involve your child in whatever you choose to… Continue Reading


Posted by Beth Berkowitz on August 8, 2016

Don’t go!—Recognizing Separation Anxiety in Your School Age Child

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
School Challenges
Special Challenges

From the first day of life humans are social beings. Upon a separation from a caregiver a baby rightfully senses danger and their nervous system pumps hormones, cortisol, and adrenaline through the body to activate the flight or fight response. Separation anxiety at this age of development is not just common, but expected. While the purpose and function of anxiety is to trigger our nervous system to respond, adapt, and survive a dangerous situation, our response systems can misfire. We can cause a “false alarm” to our nervous system when we misperceive an experience or situation as dangerous when it… Continue Reading


Posted by Ellie Pelc on March 3, 2016

Five Questions to Empower You When Considering a Therapist for Your Child

Occupational Therapy
Preteens & Teens
School Challenges
Special Challenges

Have you ever wondered if your child may benefit from seeing a therapist? Or, has a teacher or family member ever suggested that a therapist could be helpful in supporting your child in his or her development? Children and families benefit from therapy for many different reasons. Your preschooler may be struggling to transition to school. Or your kindergartener may be struggling to make and keep friends.  Perhaps your 2nd grader is having trouble paying attention and focusing in class. Or maybe your middle schooler is having strong feelings of sadness or worry. For many parents, the initial process of… Continue Reading


Posted by Ellie Pelc on October 13, 2015

Getting Kids to School

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
School Challenges
Toddlers

Trying to get our kids out the door on time in the morning can be a frustrating and exhausting endeavor. Even when we start off determined to make THIS morning better, we can still end up with arguments and tears. What to do? One of the themes I keep coming back to with parents is the importance of letting our kids know we understand how they are feeling. Even the most empathic among us are sometimes surprised by how easy it is to deny our kids’ feelings. It happens when we are stressed, or under pressure, or just plain exhausted…. Continue Reading


Posted by Julie King on January 5, 2015

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