What’s the best part about having a sibling? The opportunity to tease, annoy, and meltdown under the protection of unconditional love and support. While sibling rivalry can be an expected part of family dynamics, the goal should be to reduce tension and provide more amicable means of communication rather than to eradicate this “normal” part […]
About Ali Swillinger
Alexandra Swillinger, MSW, LCSW is a Clinical Social Worker with experience providing clinical services to adolescents and children in an outpatient hospital setting.
Ali believes in a holistic, systems-approach to change and values parental involvement to aid in continued child growth. Because each child is unique, she tailors her treatments to individual needs-- utilizing play, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused therapies to reinforce positive behaviors and healthy images of self. Blending the clinical aspects with the education necessary to the child, families and caregivers is an integral part of her treatment. Ali understands the interplay between children and their environment and strives to make the child's internal and external worlds a healthy breeding ground for an overall enhanced quality of life.
We are all guilty of that last minute Hail Mary to finalize a report or satisfy a deadline. Even during the times when you are confident you will be ahead of the curve, life happens and best laid plans fail. Teach, and practice, these helpful strategies to avoid procrastination. Tips to Help Your Child Stop […]
Are you feeling frustrated by the grocery store meltdowns, refusal for compliance in basic tasks/demands, and the yelling and screaming that permeates the house? When I ask my clients if it is ok to be angry, more times than not they respond with “no.” In fact anger is the most readily available emotion we have […]
With the summer winding down, now is the time to start preparing your child for a successful school year. Transitioning from the leisure activities of the summer to the emergence of structure can be difficult, so planning ahead can be critical. One important component for success at school is good communication with your child’s teacher. […]
In a media-obsessed society, a variety of toxic messages are presented that dictate how girls should look, think, and act to be considered beautiful. Bombarded with unrealistic images of perfection, a child’s view of self-worth can become easily jaded. Coupled with images posted on social media, TV, and other advertisements, are the underlying messages that […]
What’s there not to love about swimming, popsicles, and outdoor activities? A lot. For some. Camp represents freedom from school and an opportunity for long stretches of recreational activity, however for some kids, endless amounts of time outside and engaging in sports-like activities are far from ideal. Some kids do not enjoy camp. If you have […]
The Psychological Effects of Spanking: Although it may seem like spanking has been the oldest and most common form of discipline, it certainly is not the most effective. In fact, corporal punishment can be physically, emotionally, and cognitively damaging. Spanking can actually increase aggression in children as this form of coping becomes legitimized. Additionally, it […]
For many people, the line between the experience of Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression may be blurred. This is not because they are one in the same, but rather, there is a lack of education regarding the inherent differences between what may seem like similar symptom presentations. In fact, Postpartum Depression is just one subset […]
With summer right around the corner, now is the time to set your family up for success when the school doors close. Planning ahead can reduce stress, align expectations, and make sure that everyone’s needs are met so that summer can be pleasurable for all involved. Here are 5 tips for a successful summer break: […]
The transition form preschool to Kindergarten is one of the first big steps a young child takes in his academic career. As a parent, you may be wondering what the main differences are between the preschool and kindergarten setting and how to best equip your child for these changes. Although the change in environment reflects just a chronological […]