Families

We’re All Connected: What To Think About On World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2017

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Today is World Mental Health Day.

I often find these kinds of distinctions a bit troublesome.

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Back to School: A Joy for Most, A Nightmare for Others

September 8, 2017

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Most school age kids are eager to head back to school. Sure, they’ll miss their summer vacation, but the prospect of moving up a grade, seeing friends again, and even having a new teacher is really exciting.

Yet, for or a few kids and their parents it’s kind of a nightmare.

Here are a few stories from years of experience.

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How To Get A Core Evaluation Completed Through Your School District

August 15, 2017

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How do you get a core evaluation completed through your local school district?

Well, the short answer is, “You ask for it.” However, if you’re a parent who has tried to get an evaluation completed through your school system—or is currently going through that process—you might be saying, “It’s not quite that simple.

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In Memoriam: Landon T. Clay, 1926-2017

August 3, 2017

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Every year, Steve Schlozman and I travel on behalf of the Clay Center to speak with the 1,400 kids at Lake Wales High School. We really look forward to this event. As much as we enjoy our relationship with the high school students and staff, the highlight of this annual excursion is staying with the Clays at their home in Mountain Lake.

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How to Manage, And Help Your Kids Cope, When The Family Dog Dies

July 31, 2017

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My dog died.

Man, those are three tough words to write.

I feel both silly about and proud of how much it hurts. Still, I think I know what some of you are thinking: Dogs aren’t people. And you’re right, of course. Thank God, I’m not writing about a person right now.

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How To Tell If Your Child Is Stressed This Summer

July 26, 2017

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Summertime…and the kids are stressed out.

That’s not exactly the song that most of us might remember as we welcome the seemingly carefree days of summer vacation. Still, summer can be surprisingly stressful for children and adolescents.

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Dyslexia 101

July 13, 2017

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This blog is the first in a series on dyslexia. Topics to be addressed further, this fall, in include treatment for dyslexia, accommodation options available, and the transition of a child to life, school, etc. following diagnosis.

Sharon was a 2nd grader who was struggling with learning to read.

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More Kids Are Receiving Mental Health Care, But…

July 10, 2017

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At The Clay Center, we find ourselves writing often about how seeking psychiatric treatment is stigmatized in the United States.  We especially worry about this issue when it comes to children and adolescents.

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Combating Mental Health Stigma

July 6, 2017

A look at why and how the stigma of mental illness persists in the African American community—among both young people and their families—and what some are doing to address it.

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What Their Writing Told Me: The Taboo Of Mental Illness In The Hispanic Community

July 5, 2017

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The following blog is part of The Clay Center’s series on diversity, which presents varying cultural perspectives and beliefs on mental health and well-being.

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