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    Games and ADHD

    • Rachel Collins
    Aug 27, 2015
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a popular childhood diagnosis. Terms like hyperactivity, impulsivity and easily distracted come to mind when describing a child diagnosed with this condition. How can a clinician work with this conditions using everyday materials? Therapeutic games, such as the Impulse Control Game are great and serve their purpose but what about playing a game of Connect Four with the child?
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    How to Deal when No Tolerance is Not Effective

    • Rachel Collins
    Aug 24, 2015
    There is supposed to be a no tolerance policy for bullying, especially within the school environment. Why is it then that a 5 year old who has appeared with scratches and terrified when he sees a certain child continues to be bullied on the school bus and within his school environment?
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    The Wave: ADHD and Children

    • Rachel Collins
    Jul 28, 2015
    Waves come and go in the water just like symptoms of ADHD come and go in children. Working with children diagnosed with ADHD means helping the child understand what the diagnosis means and how to manage the symptoms.
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  • Adina Silvestri

    Mental Health and Children: Violent Videogames and Adolescents who Sexually Offend

    • Adina Silvestri
    Dec 02, 2014
    Is there a connection between violent videogames and aggression? A definite Yes. Is there a connection between children who sexually offend and violent videogames? I don’t know. But if this were your client, would you want to take the risk by allowing him/her to continue playing these games?
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  • Children and Psychoeducation: Yes, No, Maybe?

    • Maya Georgieva
    Jan 13, 2014
    I was leading a children’s process group. Everything was going smoothly until a middle-schooler shared a racially offensive remark he heard at school. First there was silence, then - giggles. I looked around. I saw a few frustrated faces.
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  • The Power of Play

    • Sadaf Siddiqi
    Jan 03, 2014
    “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Plato, the philosopher, said this around 400 B.C. The concept of playing to learn has been around for centuries. However, only in the past couple of decades has play become a powerful and regular form of child therapy.
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  • Sibling Struggles

    • Sadaf Siddiqi
    Nov 20, 2013
    There’s no denying that parents of children with autism fight a tough battle – but what about their “typically developing” siblings? Some researchers believe that siblings of children with special needs often possess more patience than usual; however, ending up at this feat is not an easy journey for most of them. While counseling children living with a sibling with autism, I have found a few issues that commonly come up in conversation.
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  • Simple Strategies for Approaching Autism

    • Sadaf Siddiqi
    Nov 12, 2013
    The word autism generally seems to cause a great deal of anxiety when mentioned. I find this to be particularly true of counselors who have not had the opportunity (or pleasure, in my opinion) to work with children on the autism spectrum. The latest and fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) has recently developed new criteria for evaluating autism. Regardless of the changes, I’ve found certain consistencies to be beneficial in the counseling process when working with this population.
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  • When Depending on External Approval

    • Alejandra Delgado
    Oct 28, 2013
    We all have opinions. We are constantly sharing ours and asking for others’, but how much is too much? Would our lives be different if we wouldn’t listen to others? Would someone else’s life be different if we wouldn’t have shared what we thought about a certain aspect of their life whether it was for better or worse? Would we have picked an alternative career, job, or even life partner if we had or hadn’t listened to others? Why is it that we need the constant approval from others? Most likely, since our early years we were socialized to constantly look for some kind of external recognition instead of internal ones.
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  • Acting Big for a Little

    • Alejandra Delgado
    Sep 20, 2013
    I work for a non-profit organization called Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS). BBBS's mission is to create one-on-one mentoring relationships for at-risk children, “Littles”, through carefully monitored and supported matches. I co-run the school program in which “Bigs” meet with their “Littles” at the little’s schools during their lunch time, elective hour, or after-school program. I love my job because I am able to pair up children with a friend that also acts as a guide in different areas of their lives.
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