Understanding Anger & Its Importance

By: Lisa Maddox, MS, RMHCI In case you need a reminder: all emotions have a purpose and anger is normal. We all experience it! A crucial first step for many of our clients and their families is to understand anger and its importance. In fact, anger even has its benefits: It’s linked to our fight…
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What is Mindful Eating?

By: Raina Smith, MS, Mental Health Counseling Intern, & Catherine Baker, PhD, BCBA-D With several food-centered holidays coming up, we want to highlight emerging research on Mindful Eating. Mindful eating is a practice that can help anyone, whether you have anxiety, eating issues, or you just want to be more mindful this time of year.…
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7 Tips for Teaching Calming Techniques

By: Dr. Cat Baker, PhD, BCBA-D Helping your child remain calm under stressful situations and when emotions are running high requires intentional teaching and practice. These skills and abilities allow kids to navigate their lives with greater ease, confidence, and enjoyment, both at home and at school. Below, we’ll go over 7 tips you can…
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How to Support your Child when they Struggle with Reading

By: Molly Hankla, MA, BCBA Many children struggle with learning to read, or dyslexia. Dyslexia is a neurobiologically-based learning disability which typically causes specific difficulties in reading accuracy and reading fluency. Although estimations for the prevalence for dyslexia vary widely, most research indicates that around 10-15% of individuals have dyslexia or other specific learning disabilities…
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Keeping Students Motivated

By: Lisa Maddox, MS, RMHCI; Dr. Cat Baker, PhD, BCBA-D; & Molly Hankla, MA, BCBA Do you struggle with keeping your students motivated? There are many factors that can affect how motivated and attentive children are in the classroom. So how do we define motivation, exactly, and how can teachers use it to their advantage?…
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Questions to Ask in Your Child’s IEP Meeting

By: Molly Hankla, MA, BCBA IEP meetings can be overwhelming, and you might not have any idea what questions to ask the school team. In our last blog, we discussed the basics of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and how they work. Now that you know the basics, let’s cover what you need to know in…
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What is an IEP? A Quick Guide for Parents Before Your IEP Meeting

By: Molly Hankla, MA, BCBA As a parent, walking into an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meeting can be overwhelming. You might feel like everyone is speaking a different language! You may also have heard the terms 504 plan, behavior support plan, student support plan, or other similar terminology. In this two-part article series, we will…
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