Entries by Ali Swillinger

How To Handle A Bully

    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 […]

Social Thinking: Improving social skills to enhance socio-emotional health

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 […]

Tips To Keep Your Toddler In Bed

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 […]

Self-Regulation Strategies For Kids With ADHD

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 […]

Tips To Improve Transitions

“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 […]

How To Deal With Nighttime Anxiety

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 […]

Helping a Child Cope with Loss

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 […]

How To Deal With Peer Pressure

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 […]

Tips to Enhance Your Child’s Self Esteem

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 […]