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The Emotional Toll of Childhood Obesity

September 19, 2017

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Think about these questions:

Where do people learn that it is OK to call someone fat?

Where do kids learn that calling someone fat is tacitly acceptable bullying?

Can you think of another health condition for which kids are so easily ridiculed? 

Somehow, being overweight creates open season for merciless reprimands.

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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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Managing Back-To-School Stress

August 28, 2017

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Hans Selye, a Hungarian scientist who was a pioneer in modern stress research, was quoted as saying:

“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.”

Today, 75 years after he made that statement, it rings as true as ever.

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What Do I Do If My Child Is Bullied?

August 15, 2017

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Here’s a weird fact.

Until about six or seven years ago, the term “bullying” was pretty much absent from everyday use.  In fact, six or seven years ago, if you had asked someone to define “bullying,” they’d probably tell you that the word itself was both old and old-fashioned.

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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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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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Driving Dyslexia Away

July 12, 2017

A young NASCAR star and his parents discuss his triumph over dyslexia, and the Clay Center team provides guidance on what you can do if your child has learning differences.

Includes a roundtable discussion with Drs. Gene Beresin, Ellen Braaten, and Steve Schlozman on the topic of dyslexia beginning at 3:07 of the segment.

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Summertime: Making The Livin’ Easy With Kids

June 21, 2017

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When I was a kid, there weren’t what you’d call choices when it came to summer. I could go to camp, or, well…I could go to camp.

‘But don’t worry,’ my mom told me, ‘when you get older, that’s when you’ll have choices.’

Right.

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Summer Reading – With Your Kids

June 14, 2017

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When does summer begin for most kids?

It begins about two weeks before the bell rings on that last day of school.  Whatever kids have planned for the summer, you can bet they’re already thinking of these plans well before they are officially granted their academic freedom.

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