Feeling frustrated that every time you turn your back, your child has once again escaped the kitchen table so nicely decorated with math workbooks, spelling words and other scattered assignments? Practicing these tips to enhance focus and attention will foster greater independence with homework completion and other tasks that require a calm body and mind. […]
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
How can you tell the difference between your child just having a rough day or week versus a more serious mood issue? We all have the occasional bad day, but when a child’s mood or behavior changes so significantly that it begins to interfere with their overall quality of life, depression may be present. […]
The way in which a directive is presented can elicit a variety of responses. Prior to communicating with your child, set your expectation. Is your goal to remove choice to ensure a task is completed or is your goal to offer choice to empower the child? These tips from our Pediatric Social Worker will explain […]
What happens when tragedy occurs? When the unthinkable happens, both adults and children access their darkest fears and concerns about national, community and personal safety. Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event and can be expressed in a variety of ways. Most kids are resilient and with validation of their feelings, opportunities for […]
Do you worry about your child’s ability to socialize with friends and initiate with peers? Does your child demonstrate a shy temperament? Follow these simple strategies to encourage your shy child to improve peer relationships. Check in with your child about her expectations. Is your child satisfied with the state of her affairs? Does she […]
How do we teach our children to relax and self-soothe in a society that is inundated with constant stimuli? How do we re-frame the evil term “boredom” into an opportunity to make peace with our inner thoughts and feelings and calm our body? Often times, even adults, need prompting to relax and take a load […]
Does your job description of mom also involve the role of a referee? Knowing when to step in to your child’s conflicts is key to keep you calm and teach effective negotiation skills to your child. Picking your battles to intervene will improve your stance as an objective outlet and foster independence and direct communication […]
Do you feel frustrated, helpless, and out of options when it comes to your child’s continuous bedwetting? Do you feel like you have tried every intervention without resolve? Try these 4 tips for a happy and dry night: 1. Check in with your own emotions. Your child’s bedwetting is an event that occurs while your […]
Life is busy. Time is never enough. Organization for personal affairs often feels like a game of Tetris. Despite the shortage of hours in your day, it is important to find quality time with each member of your family. A family meal or movie works towards strengthening the overall familial system (macro level), but alone […]
With Thanksgiving under our belts, holiday season 2013 is well under way. As we begin to pack for adventures across the country or plan for the arrival of house guests, it is crucial to recognize your expectations for the holidays and identify helpful communication strategies to make time with family the ideal picture of perfection. Read […]