Board games not only provide a cure for rainy day boredom or a source for family entertainment, but they also provide a positive and collaborative outlet in which critical thinking and interactional skills can be enhanced. Therapeutic board games are not needed to help identify and foster skills like compromise/negotiation, turn-taking, impulse control, frustration tolerance […]
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
Why do your kids continue to do the things that you repeatedly ask them not to do? When will they follow directions? WHY CAN’T YOU GET THROUGH THEM? Do you find yourself asking these questions over and over again without any resolve and feel that the tools you employ to avoid the yelling are hopeless? […]
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 […]
What do you do when you ask your child a question and they respond with “I don’t know”? This 3-word phrase can be used in a variety of situations to evade sharing information or avoid diving in deeper into a topic. So, the real question at hand is how to get your teen to open […]
How can you tell the difference between a rough day or week versus a more serious mood issue in your child? We all have the occasional bad day, but when a child’s mood or behavior changes so dramatically that it begins to interfere with their overall quality of life, depression may be present. In addition […]
Co-Authored by: Ali Wein, LCSW and Michelle Winterstein, LCSW What happens when a 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. Children may […]
I cannot think about imaginary friends without thinking of one of my favorite 90’s movies, Drop Dead Fred. In this particular comedy, a woman enduring a mid-life crisis is visited by her childhood imaginary friend as she copes through the termination of her marriage and the ending of her career. Although this funny flick is […]