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Managing Transitions and Change

Summer is coming to an end, days are getting shorter and nights are getting longer. This is the season for change and transitions. Fall seems to bring many changes for families’ whether it is back to school, starting a new activity, new routine, new job, new sibling, or even a new home all change and transitions in life can be...[ read more ]

Summer Survival Strategies: Keeping Your Cool When Things Get Hot: 5 Strategies To Help You Maximize Your Parenting Potential This Summer

I (Erin) have a confession to make, as summer approached I found myself pondering the following questions: How do I keep my children engaged and busy this summer? How can we make the most of the time we have together as a family? How do I keep my cool when I am feeling stressed out or overwhelmed? My guess is that this confession...[ read more ]

Super Heroes

Thinking back to your own childhood for a few moments will help empower you as a parent and connect with your child. So let’s take a trip down memory lane and see what comes up. Think back to when you were a child, who were your Heroes? Who did you look up to? They could be real people, fictional characters,...[ read more ]

Tips for back to school success

Whether your child is returning to school or just starting preschool or kindergarten, it’s a big transition. Transitions in general are tough for children as there are so many unknowns which has the potential to activate their stress response. When children are stressed they don’t sit down and talk to about how they are feeling and what is bothering them....[ read more ]

Time Out!

Fall is my favorite season. The warm summer days are fading to crisp cool evenings; the colors all around are changing. Skiing and snowboarding are right around the corner, and of course, football! With all the changes that accompany the transition from summer to winter, we often gravitate to making change in our own lives. For you, maybe the changes...[ read more ]

Impossible Routines

Does it ever seem like daily routines with your children seem impossible and you find yourself saying, “We do this everyday, why is it so hard?” If you answered yes, you are not alone. Everyday routines are difficult and can start and end your day full of stress. At Play Therapy i.n.c. we want families not just to survive the...[ read more ]

What’s Sleep Got To Do With It?

Children with well-established sleep habits and who regularly get adequate sleep exhibit behaviors identified as a state of central nervous system regulation. They wake up alert, ready to play, easily comforted when needed, engage in relationship with adults and peers, explore their environment, and are curious and ready to learn. In contrast, children with less regular sleep habits or disruptive...[ read more ]

Teach or Punish?

Teach or Punish? Simple tips to reducing challenging behaviors “If a child doesn’t know how to read, we teach. If a child doesn’t know how to swim, we teach. If a child doesn’t know how to multiply, we teach. If a child doesn’t know how to drive, we teach. If a child doesn’t know how to behave, we….. …….teach? ……punish?”...[ read more ]

Eating Challenges, Behaviors, and Nutrition

“Let food be thy medicine.” -Hippocrates If you are a parent whose child has eating challenges, chances are meal time is not fun. You may even be embarrassed by how picky of an eater your child is: perhaps all your child will eat is candy, fruit snacks, and cookies… but at least they are eating something right? If this resonates...[ read more ]

All Dog are Therapy Dogs

I recently saw a meme that said, “All dogs are therapy dogs, some just get commission”. This is true! A family dog has the potential to teach you about love, patience, responsibility, and emotional regulation. Have you ever considered that your dog could be a therapy dog, too? Dogs are typically are aware of their own nervous systems, something us...[ read more ]

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