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Teen Issues

The Final Stretch – 6 Skills to Cope with Finals
May 9, 2016

As the school year comes to an end, students start feeling the pressure. The last month of school is jam packed with standardized testing, end of year projects, AP tests, and final exams. Students can almost taste the sweet...

6 Signs that a Student is struggling with a Mental Illness
March 14, 2016

Anxiety and depressive disorders are the most diagnosed mental illness currently affecting people across the country, especially teenagers. Mental illness affects teenagers in many ways including their relationships, mood, energy levels, and academic performance. Every day, thousands of schools...

An Outside Influence
March 7, 2016

For many parents of teens, they may look back fondly on earlier days of parenthood when their children were younger and could be easily persuaded to make the right decision. Young children often have a very clear motivation for...

Parenting & Technology
February 15, 2016

Do you feel overwhelmed by how to manage technology as a family? If so, you are definitely not alone. I frequently have parents asking me how to use technology in a way that is beneficial, but that also creates...

Parents Helping Teens
February 12, 2016

As adults, parents have a lot of experience handling situations that might feel distressing to a teenager. Teenagers do not have as much life experience which can make it difficult for them to choose skills to best work through...

Supporting a Teen with a Mental Illness
February 8, 2016

Your son or daughter was feeling stressed and overwhelmed, and you took them to see a therapist – now what? As your role shifts from being a parent, to parent of a teen struggling with a mental illness, there...

Supporting a Child with a Mental Illness
November 18, 2015

So you took your son or daughter to see a counselor – now what do you do? As your role shifts from being a parent to parent of a child struggling with a mental illness there may be a...

Executive Function: What is it and why is it important for academic achievement?
September 24, 2015

Executive function is a domain of cognitive ability that is comprised of a number of distinct yet related skills, including working memory, abstract planning, sustained attention, and mental flexibility.  The executive function system allows for the regulation, control, and...

The skinny on eating disorders
August 11, 2015

Eating disorders are a prevalent issue among females and males. It’s a type of mental illness that is stigmatized and often misunderstood. In fact, individuals who struggle with eating disorders frequently report feeling judged by peers and feeling scared...

Beating the Back-To-School Worries
August 11, 2015

When the summer ends, some kids get excited about transitioning back to their school year routines, while children who struggle with anxiety start to face their worries about school again. Here are a few tips that you can do...