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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First Few Weeks of School: Tips for Survival

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Education, Electronics, Family, Parenting, Schools

The first few weeks of school can be great, but they can also bring challenges for kids and parents.  Changing from the relaxed schedule and feeling of summer to the routine and structure of school can be hard for some children. Here is information to make this transition go better for the first few weeks […]

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Depression In Teens Impacts Parent Depression

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Children and Adolescents, Depression, Family, Parenting

Depression is serious business, particularly in children and adolescents.  Depression impacts about of 20 percent of teens prior to adulthood, and research supports that these numbers are increasing.  Sadly, when depression rates increase, so do rates of suicide, self-injury, and substance abuse.  Many times, as parents, we struggle with how to help and what to […]

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

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

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 […]

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Pets Can Benefit Your Child’s Mental Health

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Parenting

Pets provide joy to many people.  The decision to bring pets  into your home can be complicated. You will likely ask yourself things like whether or not your family’s lifestyle can support the inclusion of a pet, if it’s affordable for your family, and if your children (and you!) will be willing and able to take […]

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