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Happy Mother’s Day – Holiday of the Heart

Mother's Day is special to all of us but do we know where it came from and why we celebrate our own mothers each year? The celebration of mothers has a history that is centuries old. In ancient Greece there was a celebration to honor Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. In England during the early 1600's there was a celebration of Mary, the mother of Christ, that was later expanded to include all mothers on Mothering Sunday and was later changed to honor the Mother Church. When settlers came to the United States, these traditions were no longer celebrated because...

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Social Media Safety for Children

By Wendy Rice, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist As parents, the wellbeing and safety of your children is your first and foremost concern. You keep up with what they are doing, what their grades are, who their friends are, and where they go. But have you considered what they are doing and who they are interacting with on social media? Social media is the new hangout for children. It is where a majority of their socializing takes place: they set up profiles to present themselves, describe their interests, seek approval from others, post photos, and share thoughts and feelings. For children, however, free rein in...

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Treating ADHD With More Than Just Meds

By Wendy Rice, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist Today the incidence of ADHD has risen to 7-10% of children world-wide and about 2-5% of adults. The use of ADHD medication is on the rise, with usage more than tripling worldwide since the early 1990's. This leads many parents to search for supplemental or alternative treatments for their kids. Based on research as well as personal and professional experience, Cognitive Training as an alternative and adjunct approach used in conjunction with other, more traditional types of treatment, can be effective when a child needs more than just medications or the family refuses them. Many children struggle...

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How to Recognize ADHD and What to Do

His grandmother declares that 8 year old Billy has "ants in his pants."  His parents try to cope with him jumping up in the middle of dinner, racing around the house and not following through with simple directions.  His teacher has tried various methods to help Billy be less disruptive in class and stay in his seat but he winds up in the Principal's office where he displays behavioral problems and is on the tipping point of being suspended for his unruly behavior.  He's been kicked out of Boy Scouts and his fellow students shy away from Billy's odd behavior...

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Six Functions of ADHD and Executive Functioning Impairment

Jonathan can sit for hours playing video games.  He advances quickly through the levels and his agile fingers make his characters run and fight throughout his games.  Jonathan shows excellent concentration and coordination despite being diagnosed with ADHD and related Executive Functioning Impairment.  His ability to focus on his video games contrasts sharply with how "antsy" he is in his 6th grade class.  The contrast frustrates and confuses his family, and causes problems in school, social situations and at home. Jonathan's father isn't fully convinced the diagnosis is correct -- after all, he argues, Jonathan sits still for hours playing his...

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Parent Report Card Preparation Tips

Find out how you can support your child and not freak out when it's time to read their report cards. If you are a parent, four times a year, pretty much without fail, the envelope arrives in the mail for you. As a child in New York, my parent’s got theirs in a thin, white envelope with green edges and a black dot-matrix print.  You would fold the end and pull at the tab for the big reveal. Butterflies would ravage my stomach as my mother pulled that tab. For some families, report card time is as ominous as another winter or summer storm. ...

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How to Differentiate Mental Health Professionals

Sometimes people seek out a mental health professional when they're in "panic" mode.  They are of course, less inclined to understand the necessity for counseling when everything's fine, so they wait until there is a crisis before they take any action.  By that time, they are often so emotionally wrapped-up in the situation that they don't bother to look at the training or credentials and see the first mental health provider they find. The general public generally does not realize that there are more than a dozen mental health professional designations with many variations.  Educational level, clinical skills and training can...

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Jumping on the Cognitive Brain Train

Sarah received yet another “D” in English. She has had several tutors and is still having difficulty in the subject. Her parents want to help her, but do not know what may be issue. The reason for Sarah having difficulty learning may lie in several areas of cognitive processing. What is Cognitive Training? Cognition is a broad set of abilities that when used together, allow us to perceive, process, manipulate and respond to information. Some examples of cognitive functions are attention, memory, abstract reasoning and problem solving. Cognitive Training entails completing a variety of computerized exercises specifically designed to improve cognitive functioning in...

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What to Look for When Choosing a Therapist

Choosing a licensed psychologist or a therapist is something that must be taken seriously, especially if you're in a "crisis" which requires immediate attention.  It is critical, however, that you do your homework before making this important decision and ask questions that will assist you with the selection process.  Here are a few steps that will help with finding a mental health professional that matches your needs. The first thing you need to do prior to making your choice is to have information readily available to assist the potential therapist in evaluating your unique situation.  To help you get started, think...

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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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