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In Memory Of Martin Luther King Jr.: The Providence Of Hope For A New Generation

January 12, 2018

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“We haven’t learned how to be just and honest and kind and true and loving. And that is the basis of our problem….if we are to go forward today, we’ve got to go back and rediscover some mighty precious values that we’ve left behind.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 28 February 1954, Detroit, Mich.

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The Flaw In Our New Year’s Resolutions: A Few Tips For Focusing On The Positive

January 1, 2018

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There’s this guy Sisyphus.

I feel like he invented the New Year’s resolution.

You know Sisyphus—he’s the guy who works so hard to push that stupid boulder up the hill, only to have it roll down again at the end of his hard work.

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Shrinking It Down: The Importance of Pets (Season 1, Episode 4)

December 27, 2017

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Whether they have fur, scales, tail or no tail, pets can improve the mental and emotional health of children and teens.

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Processing Speed in Social Relationships

December 18, 2017

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Processing speed is the time it takes us to perform a certain task in a certain amount of time.  Some kids are naturally fast.  They run, talk, draw, and do all sorts of things at a rate that seems appropriate for their age.  Kids with slower processing need more time to process that same information.

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The Psychological Gift Of Giving A Gift

December 6, 2017

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Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

The holidays are, alas, upon us.

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Dyslexia 102: Understanding Treatment

November 28, 2017

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

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Let’s Talk Turkey

November 21, 2017

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The expression, ‘talking turkey,’ has two opposite original meanings—to speak pleasantly around the dinner table, or to skip the niceties, and get right to what’s important.  It is, of course, this second meaning that persists in everyday conversation, as when we say, “Let’s talk turkey about why you don’t eat your vegetables.

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How Scary Is Too Scary?

October 26, 2017

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Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

Here is my most vivid memory of Halloween:

I’m 8 years old. I have, to my father’s delight, developed an affinity for the “creature-features” that appear on the old UHF stations every Saturday from 10 AM to noon.

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What Is An Adjustment Disorder?

October 26, 2017

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My friend Samantha called me in a panic.  Her 8-year-old daughter, Lindsey, was struggling with the fact that her parents were getting divorced.  There had been a lot of conflict in the marriage.  Samantha’s ex-husband was an alcoholic and, though he was receiving treatment, he had been frequently unemployed.

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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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