What do you do when your child comes home and reports being picked on in school? Whether the child expresses frustration with a peer who calls him names, systematically leaves him out, or even intimidates him to trade parts of his lunch, it is important to educate your child how to advocate for […]
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.
Entries by Ali Swillinger
What is social thinking? Social thinking is what we do when we interact with people. For successful social interactions, it is important that the individual take in and process information embedded in both verbal and non-verbal cues and process how to effectively respond based on the context and topic of presented material. Joint attention, knowledge […]
When deciding the best therapeutic intervention for your child, what type of treatment approach do you choose? Despite your willingness to try out mental health treatment, be cautious as not all service providers practice the same as they operate under different prisms of thought and philosophy. You may have received a recommendation for a cognitive […]
Tired of your sleepless nights? Feeling fed up with the nighttime battles that ensue when your child perpetually engages you in a game of “ping pong” as they bounce from their bed, to your bed, back to their bed? Try these simple tips to keep your child in their own bed: Identify the reasons why […]
Symptoms related to ADHD can manifest differently from child to child. Redirecting hyperactive, impulsive, and/or inattentive behaviors can be achieved through following these strategies: Engagement In Whole Body Listening Educate your child that listening does not just include opening your ears to the sound of words, but that it in fact means that the entire […]
“The only constant in life is change” – Heraclitus Does your child struggle with ending activities, trying new things, or engaging in non-preferred tasks/demands? Transitions can be difficult especially when a child is not expecting the change. Advanced preparation, knowledge of perceived consequences, and balanced thinking can all aid in smoother transitions and overall compliance […]
Try these steps to reduce nighttime anxiety and improve compliance with evening time routine. At the end of a long and exhausting day, how do you effectively transition your kids from the stimulation of the day to the peace and quiet of the night? Now, combine that tall order with nighttime anxiety. It would appear as […]
Whether your child has experienced the death of a loved one, the end of her favorite school year, or has misplaced her favorite personal item, loss can significantly affect a child and her expectations for the future. Regardless of the type of loss, the same strategies can help your child process her feelings and move […]
Strategies to teach your child to manage pressures within their peer group Being a child can be challenging as you deal with navigating choices about friends, social appropriateness, and ways to feel accepted. Children are confronted with a number of messages about the world through their parents, their friends, and the media and at times […]
Try these tips to enhance your child’s self-esteem Self-esteem impacts the choices we make, the company we keep, and the desire to take risks. Without a positive self-image, children run the risk of experiencing negative peer relationships, social withdrawal, and reduced confidence in their capabilities. By adding a strengths-based vocabulary and opportunities for your child […]