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Help for Those with ADHD – Assistive Technology

By Wendy Rice, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist Recently, Jamie Kaplan, Recreation Therapist from the James A. Haley VA Hospital presented to the Tampa Bay ADHD Support Network about Assistive Technology. We wanted to be sure to share his message and great ideas just in case you weren’t able to make it to the meeting. Jamie is working on his master’s degree in Assistive Technology in Special Education at Bowling Green State University, but he already has so many certifications in this area it is surprising they let him into the program! Jamie spoke about why kids with ADHD often seem to love video...

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The Skinny on BMI Report Cards

Submitted by Dr. Steffanie Sperry Sally’s mother comes home from work and finds 9 –year-old Sally withdrawn and visibly upset. Upon questioning her daughter, she discovers that Sally had been given a BMI report card at school earlier that day. Sally tells her mother that she does not want to be ”fat”, and she wants to know what is wrong with her. She just wants to be like the other girls in her class that are in the “normal” range. Sally’s mother is taken aback and does not know what to say or how to respond to her daughter. There has been...

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Talking to Kids About School Shootings and Violence

It is incomprehensible to me that there was yet another school shooting last week.  My heart goes out to all of the students, teachers and families connected to the Arapahoe school shooting. The fact that this latest tragedy was so close to Columbine (just 8 miles away in Littleton, CO) and also on the eve of the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, CT, makes this all the more painful. These days, it is hard enough for teens and tweens to grow up up with the increased pressures at school to meet "Common Core Standards," to keep up with but not become addicted...

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Appointments at Rice Psychology Group

  Who should come to the initial appointment at Rice Psychology Group? Children under the age of 12: We ask that parents come in without the child, so that we will have a chance to fully discuss the issues, history, and overall picture of what is going on without the child having to wait in the waiting room. A second session involves a playing or talking meeting with your child.  Children over the age of 12: If it is appropriate, bring your child to the appointment so they can participate in the process from the start. This meeting will be done in a...

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Halloween Costumes

Dr. Wendy Rice of Rice Psychology in Tampa was interviewed in October of 2013 on the Jim Bohannon Show from www.jimbotalk.net about Halloween costumes for kids and adults. Click Play below to listen to the interview. ...

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Halloween Costumes: Cute, Scary or Sexy?

Your daughter is so excited for Halloween! She is 7 years old and can’t wait to go to the Halloween store to pick out her costume. You are envisioning a clown, a ghost, maybe a princess or a cat. You are imagining how cute your little girl will look a dressed up, walking down the street eager to fill her plastic pumpkin with candy! Then reality strikes and your daughter shows you the costumes she really wants – a super-sexy witch or a lady vampire with thigh high boots! Yikes! Now what? I just Googled “Halloween Costumes Girl” and one of...

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Why Would Anyone Choose an Out-of-Network Mental Health Provider?

As a thriving psychology practice that does not participate in private or government health insurance plans, we are often asked why patients elect to see one of our psychologists on a self-pay fee system despite having insurance coverage.  Here are the top three reasons why it can be beneficial to establish with an out-of-network psychologist: No 3rd Party Dictating Care: We are able to develop individualized treatment plans without under-qualified managed care employees dictating the type of care we are able to provide.  We are able to provide scientifically supported therapies without arbitrary parameters set by insurance companies. We are able to schedule...

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Using Group Therapy to Support High School Girls

For teenage girls, the high school years are incredibly complicated and often filled with turmoil. They are busy trying to position themselves in the social network of their school,  solidify their identity, and gain independence from their families.  The importance of normalizing their daily experiences cannot be underestimated.  This is especially true for teens who have pre existing mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, deficits in social skills, learning disabilities, or any other struggle that makes high school more formidable.  How can we best support these emerging young women to not just survive, but flourish, during these very...

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Succeeding Against All Odds – Dr. Rice’s #1 Best-Selling Book

When I heard that Sandra Yancey, founder and CEO of eWomenNetwork, the premier women’s business network in North America, was working on a new collection of stories to inspire entrepreneurs to shake up old paradigms of success, I knew I had to be a part of it. What an opportunity to help people transform their lives through the power of story! I am SO proud to announce that our book, Succeeding Against All Odds, is now available for pre-order! (And, we have a special bonus for you!) In this book I share my own path to success and fulfillment along with 37 amazing...

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De-Stressing Your Family Holidays: 6 Simple Tips to Cope By Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

It's been said that insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results, and yet, year after year, millions of people throughout the world repeat the same old patterns.  They grit their teeth and spend the holidays with parents who still bring up the time they were expelled for hitting the teacher with a water balloon; in-laws who would criticize each and every move every time they see you, and siblings who still hold grudges for long forgotten childhood fights. Often these holiday gatherings mean that there's simply "too much".  People eat and drink too much, spend too much, and,...

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