Helping Children Manage Stress in the Aftermath of School Shootings Sadly, we've had another tragic shooting involving a school. Although we are quite a distance away, the 24/7 news coverage brings this tragedy into our immediacy. Two key principles for parents and teachers in disaster and trauma include: 1) Limit children's exposure to the television [...]
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As a therapist working with children and teens, I have often seen young people paralyzed by fears, worries, and anxieties. They often experience insomnia as well. It is as if they cannot get a break from the consequences of anxiety. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adolescents get 8-10 hours of sleep per night. Numerous [...]
Having back to school stress is a common struggle for children, but there are some things you can do to ease the pain. Here are some tips to help reduce anxiety and have a tear-free first week of school. 1. Healthy Family Routines: The Arkansas Psychological Association reports that family plays a key role in modeling [...]
Arkansas Families First's Newest Program: YOGA BLISS! Check it out! Register Today! Before this exciting class fills up! Yoga Bliss pairs the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavior Therapy with the healing power of Yoga to provide a unique approach for children and teens to overcome anxiety. Arkansas Families [...]
Let Ice Cream Work Its Magic By Jerilyn Swalve-Wasson July is National Ice Cream month. Can you think of a better dessert for Arkansas in July then ice cream?! Ice cream has always been extra special to me and not just because I could eat it by the gallons. Growing up, my dad and I would [...]
Cultivating Positive Relationships Oftentimes as parents, we accept the notion that siblings can not and will not get along, especially in the summer. While some sibling conflict is normal, there are also things parents can do to set a positive tone in the home. Consistent, intentional efforts to cultivate a positive relationship will help children [...]
Making the Most of Summer Part 1 - Strategies for Parents! Children cherish the summer time. They wait all year for the season when they can stay home and play with their friends. For them, summer is a time of exploring, swimming pools, sports, video games, bike riding and no home work! But for parents, [...]
When it comes to understanding autism, we all want to think of ourselves as someone who “gets it,” and those affected by autism deserve teachers, therapist and other helping professionals who do. As a child psychologist, when families relay to me their experiences of individuals who just don’t "get it", it seems really unfortunate, and unnecessary. [...]
About the Video This video is an excellent resource for parents to utilize in teaching children about boundaries and the importance of reporting inappropriate touching. It is appropriate for preschool and elementary aged children and is best used in combination with parental discussion of each issue addressed. Parents should watch the video before [...]