Why Structure is Important for Kids in the Summer

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Mental Health, Parenting

Schools out!  No more structure, right?  Well…. about that…..When school ends for the year, parents and children alike are ready for a break from homework, extracurricular activities, and other demands that come with the academic calendar.  However, it doesn’t take long for parents to hear, “I’m bored,” or to be come concerned with siblings fighting […]

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Autism Spectrum Disorder: What It Is and How to Help

Posted Posted in Autism, Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Mental Health, Parenting

“Autism” is a term with which many people are familiar.  Autism impacts many families, either in their own family, or through a relative or a friend.  However, many people still struggle to understand what it means, how to identify it, and how to help.  To make matters more confusing, autism is called many different things, and […]

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Summer Activity for Your Child

How To Pick Summer Activities for Your Child

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Family, Friendships, Latest News, Parenting

Picking Summer Activities for Your Child Selecting summer activities for children, can be a daunting task for parents.  It can be hard to know how to pick a program that is the right fit for your child.  Here are some things to consider when planning your child’s summer. Ask Your Child It is really important […]

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Snow day!

The Importance of Maintaining Routines for Children on Snow Days

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Children and Adolescents, Family, Latest News, Self-care

Snow day! Here in the Midwest, we are experiencing a record-breaking amount of school cancellations due to weather.  It is fun to have an occasional random day to stay home and relax.  However, weekly snow days – sometimes more than one per week – can make it difficult for children to be ready to learn […]

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What to Do When Your Child Argues with A Friend

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Communication, Friendships, Latest News, Parenting

When your child argues with a friend, it can be hard to know how to help. Sometimes we know our child’s actions weren’t kind.  Other times we are worried that are child had his feelings hurt by a friend.  Sometimes it can feel like all our child does is fight with others.  According to Brett […]

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It’s Hard to be a Student. And A Parent. We Can Help!

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Parenting, School

It’s really hard to be a student You don’t have a choice over how your day goes. You have to ask permission for everything. It’s easy to feel like your day is full of people trying to catch your mistakes. You are constantly being evaluated. You have a full day of class, then a full […]

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Why Graphic Novels are Good for Kids

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, Education, Family, Latest News, Parenting

Graphic novels have become increasingly popular for children.  There are currently many different types of graphic novels from Captain Underpants to the Smile books by Raina Taigelmeier.  Graphic novels have not always been considered appropriate reading for children.  Lately, graphic novels are flying off the shelves, jumping into virtual shopping carts, and being embraced by […]

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Child Custody and Mental Health Services for Children

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Divorce, Family, Latest News, Parenting

Mental health services for children often depend on parental agreement, even if parents are not (or never have been) married Many times, psychologists and therapists offer mental health services to children from never married, separated, or divorced families.  At Hope Springs, we will ask about custody issues. There are several reasons for this, and they have […]

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