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10 Essential Hope Springs Blog Posts from 2018

We are so honored to be entering into our 10th year of service to the Iowa City area. It has been ten years of very hard work, learning experiences, as well as many profound gifts. We have been able to serve our patients with kindness, skill, and integrity. This accomplishment would not be possible without our providers, employees, patients, and business associates. Thank you!

One of our basic tenets is to provide education and support to not just our patients, but also our community through outreach, community talks, and information. The Hope Springs Blog has been a source of information for many people, not just in Iowa, but across the world. We are very grateful for everyone who has read and shared our information. You make a difference to so many people.

Because we are celebrating our 10th year in practice, below are 10 important posts from the Hope Springs Blog that were written in 2018.

How to Respond to Rude or Verbally Aggressive People.

There is no guarantee that the person will respond kindly in return, but you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you did your best not to escalate the conflict further.  You will also have the peace of mind that you treated yourself and the other person with respect…

What Parents and Teachers Should Know About Dysnomia in Children

Dysnomia is a common learning disability that can be diagnosed during a neuropsychological or speech/language evaluation. When a person has Dysnomia, they have difficulty in accessing verbal information. It occurs in up to 20% of individuals. It runs in families and tends to be more common in males than females.

Starting Therapy for Your Kids When You Are Going Through Divorce

Separation and divorce are very difficult times for families. In fact, other than death, researchers have ranked it one of the most stressful things that people go through….These concerns can be further amplified when you have children….

Stop Saying “Sorry” So Much

Both of these are examples of times when an apology probably isn’t needed. And yet, if we all counted, my guess is that we would find ourselves apologizing for an array of behaviors over the course of our day….

What to Do When You’re Really Angry

Getting angry is a part of life. None of us will live a life free of stressors, and sometimes, whether we want it to or not, anger bubbles up as we try to deal with our stress. Anger is natural, but the behaviors that come out of anger can be scary, hurtful, and harmful. Below are five ways to deal with being angry.

Conversations About Diversity

Diversity discussions are how we move forward as a society and how we expand our world views. Just because you may live in a place without much diversity does not mean you cannot open your mind or think critically about the struggles of marginalized populations and appreciate the little and big moments we are experiencing today.


Positive Behavior on Vacation: 11 Tips to Increase the Odds of Your Kids Doing Well

Positive behavior helps vacations go better.  Unfortunately, child behavior can be an area of concern for parents.  Will she throw a tantrum at the restaurant?  Will he sleep ok?  Will any of us survive the car or plane ride?

As a child therapist and a parent, I get it!  I have worked with many families that travel frequently.  I have taken my kids on vacations and even work trips successfully. Here are some tips to help your family vacation be fun and successful!….

New Year’s Resolutions: Watching What Comes Out of Your Mouth, Not What Goes In It

Think about it: How many resolutions have you come up with that are other-focused rather than self-focused? What would happen if you flipped things around and became more mindful of what came out of your mouth rather than what is going into your mouth? Here are some practical ways to make that transition….

Perfectionism: A Cultural Epidemic

Perfectionism, or the tendency to want to do everything flawlessly, is often associated with increased stress and anxiety.  Perfectionism combines excessively high personal standards (“I have to do my best at everything”), as well as feelings of failure if the person falls short of those benchmarks. Many people may think that they need to be perfect to be happy……

Dyslexia Treatment: Multi-sensory, Phonics-Based Approaches

Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a learning disability in reading.  It is often inherited, and makes it extremely difficult to read, write, and spell—despite at least average to above average intelligence.

Dyslexia is a language disorder.  It is not caused by vision concerns, sensorimotor concerns, or dietary concerns.  Areas that are impacted by Dyslexia include, difficulties with phonics, sounding out new words, reading speed, reading accuracy, memory of words, spelling and writing.  It is not due to visual problems, and people with dyslexia do not see words or letters backwards.  It can commonly occur with ADHD, as well as sensory issues with light.

Of children who display reading problems in the first grade, 74% will be poor readers in the ninth grade and into adulthood unless they receive informed and explicit instruction on phonemic awareness. Children do not mature out of their reading difficulties….

Thank you to everyone who helped us have so many wonderful years of service to the Iowa City community. We treasure all of you, and wish you the best in the following years to come.

Cindy Anderson

Author: Cindy Anderson

Dr. Anderson is a Board Certified Clinical Child Psychologist. She also owns Hope Springs Behavioral Consultants. Dr. Anderson has achieved a high degree of specialization in working with children and families. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and completed APA Accredited internship and postdoctoral training in Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology. She prides herself as a life-long student and tries to learn something new every day.

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