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Take the Stress Out of Transitions

When completing a diagnostic evaluation for a new client, I always ask about triggers for problematic behavior. Transitions are one of the top triggers for kiddos to start a temper tantrum and erupt in all around difficult behaviors. This is especially true for children with ADHD, anxiety, ODD, and ASD. The difficult thing about transitions… Continue reading Take the Stress Out of Transitions

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5 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Sleep

Sleep is so important. It is vital for adults, but it is especially vital for children. Sleep allows children the ability to grow, rejuvenate, and become healthy both in mind and body. There is a strong correlation between children not getting sufficient sleep and mental health difficulties. Although it does not always happen, I have… Continue reading 5 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Sleep

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5 Common Anxiety Themes in Play Therapy

Themes and behaviors in the playroom are huge indicators of what is going on in a child’s life and can even give signs of a diagnosis. There are many general themes that can be seen in play therapy, as discussed in the post 15 Common Themes in Play Therapy. Today's post will discuss themes that are… Continue reading 5 Common Anxiety Themes in Play Therapy

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How To Mindfully Play With Your Child

In today's day in age, I see so many parents occupy their children by giving them tablets, phones, or setting them in front of the television. Although some screen time is okay, there are so many benefits of parents mindfully engaging in play. Today's post will focus on ways to mindfully play with your children.… Continue reading How To Mindfully Play With Your Child

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How To Teach Parents to Set Limits

The wonderful thing about limits is that they can be set both in and out of the playroom. I almost always teach parents to set limits, or rules or guidelines for behavior, when they are interacting with their children. Because the child is used to limit setting with the therapist, it can be an easy transition for… Continue reading How To Teach Parents to Set Limits

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28 Identifiers in Play Therapy that Suggest Sexual Trauma

Themes and behaviors in the playroom are huge indicators of what is going on in a child's life or their past experiences. There are many general themes that can be seen in play therapy, as discussed in the post 15 Common Themes in Play Therapy. This post will talk about things that are seen particularly… Continue reading 28 Identifiers in Play Therapy that Suggest Sexual Trauma