Adults Need Play Time Too!

Adults Need Play Time Too! It’s a no-brainer that play is an important part of childhood.  As children, play allows us to express our creativity, try on different roles, and develop important social-emotional skills that help us “play well” with others.  However, play for adults can be an afterthought and something we do not actively … Read more

Let’s Talk About Play

Let’s Talk About Play As a parent of three myself, I know firsthand how easy it is to get sucked into the day-to-day management of a family. Before you know it, keeping up with children’s growing social calendars becomes a full-time responsibility (Wait, is it a soccer or volleyball night!?!?).  Then on top of the … Read more

Is it a BIG, Medium, or little deal?

Is it a BIG, Medium, or little deal? I frequently use an excellent social-emotional curriculum for kids called Unstuck & On Target (Lynn Cannon, Lauren Kenworthy, et al).  It’s particularly useful with children and tweens who struggle with emotional regulation and cognitive flexibility, but its concepts can be useful to all parents when their kids–or they themselves–have a … Read more

A Few Thoughts on Self-Care

A Few Thoughts on Self-Care The new year brings fresh starts and new goals, and I feel like it is a great time to think of our own self-care plans and what helps each of us recharge. We all have different definitions of what self-care might mean for us as individuals. Activities such as exercise, … Read more

Finding and Keeping Connection

Finding and Keeping Connection Some years ago, around this time of year, I got a call from someone very dear to me. She told me she was making a New Year’s resolution that we would get together at least once a month. This is one of the few New Year’s resolutions that had true staying … Read more

Are Working Memory Problems Disrupting Your Child’s Learning?

Are Working Memory Problems Disrupting Your Child’s Learning? Working Memory is like a “mental sticky note” that keeps track of information momentarily in mind (NOT in long-term memory) in order to complete a task. Basically, it helps kids hold on to information long enough to use it. Working memory is one of many executive functions … Read more

On Parenting Teens with Intense Emotions

On Parenting Teens with Intense Emotions One of my favorite books, as both a professional and a parent of teenagers, is “Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions” by Pat Harvey and Britt Rathbone.  In their book, Harvey and Rathbone present dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) strategies that parents can use to help teens navigate challenges … Read more

Being Mindful: Using What and How Skills

Being Mindful: Using What and How Skills Mindfulness is the quality or state of being aware or conscious of something. We often think of mindfulness in terms of meditation and breathing exercises—skills that can decrease distress and promote emotional regulation. While these skills are certainly useful, the core purpose of practicing mindfulness is to increase … Read more

Now Offering Autism Spectrum Testing at FamilyFirst

Now Offering Autism Spectrum Testing at FamilyFirst If you suspect that your child or you may be Autistic, a diagnostic evaluation can assist with accessing needed early interventions, establishing or maintaining accommodations, and/or accessing other support services. You or your child may benefit from an autism evaluation if you notice the following: For infants and … Read more