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Twice Exceptional Children and Teens: Implications for Mental Health and Treatment.

Gifted students who also have specific learning disabilities are at significant risk for frustration and being mis-educated. Dr. Brad Reedy sand I explore the risks for mental health problems and what to do to minimize risk and encourage mental health.

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Reading Out-loud When Dyslexic

Being asked to read out loud in class, especially unexpectedly, can cause fear and anxiety among our kids.  It triggers stress and can contribute to accumulating trauma when not supported by best practices. In “A Light Within My Dyslexia” (available on … Continue reading

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Exploring Life and Mental Health aspects of ADHD

Another engaging conversation with Andrew Taylor from Octagon Mentoring. Andrew Taylor is a young adult mentoring leader, working in the USA and Costa Rica.

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The Myths of “Fixing” Children and Teens with Learning and Attention Struggles

Teenagers with school struggles due to Learning and Attention problems make up the largest single demographic in treatment programs for addictions, defiance, depression and anxiety.  The evidence is overwhelming that kids with attention and learning disabilities are more likely to … Continue reading

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What’s the Most Effective Treatment for Childhood Anxiety?

Up until recently the most studied and effective treatments for childhood anxiety have been medication and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Both of those treatments, however effective have serious shortcomings. Long-term fixes from medication especially for young children, are hampered in part … Continue reading

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Autism and Trauma Meet Comedy

We understand perhaps now more than ever, that humans are wired for connection. Whether we identify as introverted or extraverted we need each other. Feeling the protection of others, our family, our tribe, and our community holds important survival benefits. … Continue reading

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The Glance of Mercy

My friend Dr.Brad Reedy describes good therapy or a good therapist as a place where you get to find yourself, and as part of that process, as the messy parts of you come into view, you find that your therapist … Continue reading

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Helping Children Cope With Stresses and Worries

Mostly what children need to start working through difficulties is to have a parent or a trusted someone really listen. Even when a child works with a clinically sophisticated therapist, no matter what technique or approach is used, the most … Continue reading

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Can We Have Joy and Moments of Happiness During a Pandemic?

I’ve been thinking about this question because I’ve had them, joy and moments of happiness.  Even as I’ve watched personal and collective fear take hold because of the virus,  I still experience small and longer periods of time when things … Continue reading

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When Giving “Positive Messages” to Children Can Harm

On an online support page for parents with children with dyslexia, one mom wrote in and shared a touching letter that her daughter had “written to God.”  In it the girl wrote of her shame of being different, “not normal.” … Continue reading

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New Brain Imaging Research Debunks a Controversial Theory

In a new study from Georgetown University: Finding upends theory about the cerebellum’s role in reading and dyslexia Science of Reading and Dyslexia Moves Forward New brain imaging research debunks a controversial theory about dyslexia that can impact how it … Continue reading

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How Art Therapy Can Help Children With Autism Communicate Better

Guest Article by Jane Sandwood  Jane has many articles related to education and children and can be reached at janesandwood.writer@gmail.com About 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and one of the early signs observed by … Continue reading

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