Health and Wellness

Concussion: What Parents Should Know About Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

As football season descends rapidly upon us, worries about concussions and what exactly should occur following one come to the forefront. Concussions are complex because they can range from mild to severe, with some children and teens recovering quickly, while in others symptoms seem to linger on. Understanding the various aspects of a concussion and..

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Chronic Pain in Childhood: Can it Impact The Way Your Child Thinks?

December 1, 2014 | posted in: Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Parenting 101 | by

Chronic pain is usually associated with adults and those suffering from serious injury. However, chronic pain in childhood occurs more commonly than one might think. Migraines, stomach aches, back pain and other pain conditions often pop up in childhood and require intensive treatment and school accommodations. Not much is understood about the impact of chronic..

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How to choose the right Halloween costume for your kid?

October 30, 2014 | posted in: Health and Wellness, Parenting 101, Question of the Month | by

Halloween Costumes in Young Children: How Scary is Too Scary? Halloween represents a fun time of year for children of all ages. Dressing up, carving pumpkins, and of course trick-or-treating provide hours of entertainment. However, some of the images that Halloween conjures can scare very young children. It is no secret that spooky or creepy..

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Psychosocial Factors of Wearing a Prosthetic

October 20, 2014 | posted in: Health and Wellness, Mental Health | by

Life after losing a limb and learning to rely on a prosthetic involves changes in the individual on psychological, physical and social levels. In the process of adjusting to life after the trauma of such an event, there are consequences in terms of psychosocial functioning as the individual manages the loss itself. Additionally, emotional issues..

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Art Therapy for Children, Part II: Art Therapy in Practice

As explained in part one of this series, art therapy is a great way to help children deal with intense emotional experience. In a formal art therapy session, the therapist will ask the child to perform a given exercise. Sometimes this will be free drawing about their day, while at other times the tasks will..

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Art Therapy for Children, Part I: What is it and Who Can it Help?

Art Therapy for Children, Part I: What is it and Who Can it Help? As children grow and develop one of the biggest challenges they face is understanding their emotional reaction to the world around them. Expressing feelings verbally assumes that one has the words to go with a particular emotion, and that the inner..

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Video Games That Are Good For Your Kids

September 19, 2014 | posted in: Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Parenting 101 | by

Positive Thinking Video Games Positive thinking computer games should enhance and strengthen each aspect of human cognition. Since the mind and the body are connected, games must cover the broad categories that are part of daily life. Underlying positive thinking is a strong mind, a strong body and an ability to have insight. Games that..

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ADHD: A Look at Alternative Treatments

September 10, 2014 | posted in: ADHD, Development, Family, Health and Wellness | by

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a serious mental disorder that involves loss of function at home and at work or school. Individuals with ADHD have a basic difficulty concentrating, but the disorder as a whole is more complex. ADHD results in a breakdown of the executive functioning system. Executive functioning refers to attention,..

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Anger Management for Kids

Anger in children can be difficult to manage. Children often do not have the vocabulary to attach to various feeling states. When children feel angry and they have no words to describe the sensations, they will often act out aggressively. Their aggression is usually a means to communicate internal feelings of anger or sadness that..

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Is Vitamin Therapy the Answer to Tourette’s Syndrome ?

August 15, 2014 | posted in: Health and Wellness, Mental Health | by

Tourette’s syndrome (TS) is a neurological condition consisting of chronic motor and verbal tics. TS also has a high degree of comorbid, or concurrent, behavioral and emotional problems. The presence of tics is considered uncommon, and the disorder usually makes itself known during childhood. Though medical treatments are available, they usually only partially alleviate the..

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