ADHD Online Presents: Managing Behavioral Issues in Parenting Kids with ADHD

Thank you again to the wonderful people at ADHD Online for allowing me to present on parenting kids with ADHD! If you weren’t able to view it live, or you want to watch it again, the video is available on Facebook. The slides from the presentation are also available for download. If you’re looking forContinue reading “ADHD Online Presents: Managing Behavioral Issues in Parenting Kids with ADHD”

Why Do Kids Like Creepy Things?

We might not realize this when we are young, but a lot of kids’ shows and films have some dark and creepy themes. I remember being obsessed with the animated Anastasia movie, which contains an intense musical number about killing the main character and a pretty horrifying attempted murder scene. I’ve heard adults commenting onContinue reading “Why Do Kids Like Creepy Things?”

Healthy Screen Habits

This article was published in a local newspaper in February. Since then, screen time has become even more of a concern as parents struggle to find appropriate activities for kids who are home all day, and many kids are attending online school, which increases their screen time by a huge amount! I thought it wasContinue reading “Healthy Screen Habits”

ADHD Online Presents: ADHD And Sleep Hygiene

Friday night, I had another amazing opportunity to talk about ADHD with the people at ADHD Online. I spoke about sleep hygiene and how people with ADHD (and parents of kids with ADHD) can help create and maintain structure to get rest they need. The presentation is available for free here. The slides can beContinue reading “ADHD Online Presents: ADHD And Sleep Hygiene”

How Can You Be A Child Therapist If You Don’t Have Kids?

Last week on Twitter, a social worker asked, “Child and family therapists who don’t have kids, what are you even doing?” (I might have the wording slightly wrong, as I didn’t screen shot and she deleted her account shortly afterwards, but the gist is in tact.) Seeing as I’m a child therapist/psychologist who doesn’t haveContinue reading “How Can You Be A Child Therapist If You Don’t Have Kids?”

Giftedness: Anxiety With Better Branding

Today I would like to share a personal story. When I was a kid, I loved to read. I mean, I loved to read. I brought books out to recess, I stayed up late with a flashlight under my covers, I watched almost no television. I think it was the fifth grade when my schoolContinue reading “Giftedness: Anxiety With Better Branding”

You’re Grounded: The Problem with Punishing Self-Harm Behavior

(Content warning: this post talks about self-harm in general terms.) I’ve talked before about the challenge of conceptualizing behavior as a symptom of mental illness. This is especially challenging for parents when it comes to discipline; on the one hand, you can’t make symptoms go away by punishing them, but on the other hand, ifContinue reading “You’re Grounded: The Problem with Punishing Self-Harm Behavior”

The Three Conversations

Image text:“Every time you communicate with someone, three conversations happen:1. What you said2. What you meant3. What they heardFigure out how 2 and 3 diverge to fix a lot of miscommunication.” I say this a lot, and I wanted to talk a bit today about what this means for parents. A lot of “disobedience” byContinue reading “The Three Conversations”

Why Do Kids Lie?

An issue that a lot of parents bring up, either in the initial intake or at some point in their child’s treatment, is lying. “Why is my child lying to me?” “They know I will catch them in the lie!” “I’ve told them it’s important to tell the truth!” In my book, I talk aboutContinue reading “Why Do Kids Lie?”

Color Your Emotions

I created this activity to help kids express a feeling that they might not have words for. The worksheet below shows an outline of a body and asks kids to color in where they are experiencing a feeling using a color that reflects the feeling, but another way to do this activity is to giveContinue reading “Color Your Emotions”