Grade School

Stress Awareness: How Parents Can Help Their Children With Stress

April 7, 2017

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14-year-old Jacob seems to have it all. He lives in a wealthy suburb, attends an independent school, plays sports, and is a star member of his school’s band. And yet, he feels uneasy and stressed.

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The Impact Of LGBT-Related Bullying On Emerging Adults

March 27, 2017

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As we recognize National LGBT Health Week here at The Clay Center, we hope the information we share will be both informative and useful. For more information on helping to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, please visit the National Coalition for LGBT Health website.

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Coping With Slow Processing Speed At Home And At School

March 11, 2017

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This blog is the second in a two-part series from Dr. Braaten entitled Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up. You can check out the first blog in the series here.

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Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up

March 10, 2017

We profile two smart young men with slow processing, a learning difference that affects their ability to manage daily tasks in a timely fashion. Dr. Ellen Braaten has expert advice for both parents and children coping with this issue.

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Intro To Processing Speed

March 9, 2017

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This blog is the first in a two-part series from Dr. Braaten entitled Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a follow-up post, “Coping With Slow Processing Speed At Home And At School.”

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Some kids are naturally fast.

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8 Young Adult Books That Will Change The Way You Think About Mental Health

February 17, 2017

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The list below represents only a small sliver of the multitude of books that might help you and your teen talk about mental health issues—from the minor (anxiety about going off to college) to the major (depression and suicide).

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The Intense Power Of Love On Our Kids

February 14, 2017

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There was this song that came out when I was 13 years old.  It was by Dan Folgelberg, and I played it over and over again on my Pioneer turntable.  It went like this:

“Longer than there’s been fishes in the ocean.  Higher than any bird every flew.  Longer than there’s been stars up in the heavens.  I’ve been in love with you.

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Sibling Rivalry Vs. Sibling Bullying

February 9, 2017

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Sibling rivalry is a topic that is as old as time itself, and it’s probably not an overstatement to say that if a family has more than one child, sibling rivalry has likely been an issue at one time or another.

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How To Talk To Kids About The Executive Order On Immigration

February 6, 2017

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In child psychiatry, providing guidance on controversial issues is nothing new. There’s the routine stuff: screen time, and birth control, and curfews, and how much homework is maybe too much. There are also the tough ones. The Twin Towers came down. The Boston Marathon was bombed.

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