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Helpful Tool: Routine Charts for the School Transition

The back to school chaos felt harder this year. In the mix of all the school forms, back to school activities, and endless fall scheduling – the anxiety for both my kids and I crept in. Although not a complete fix, creating morning and bedtime routine charts helped so much! In this article we share sample routine charts you can use to create your own.

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child therapy preparation

7 Steps to Prepare for Child Therapy

Preparing for child therapy is an anxiety provoking experience for the child and their parents. Many parents wonder how best to prepare for the appointment and how to tell their child about therapy. In this article we share 7 tips on how to set you and your child up for success.

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parental burnout

6 Strategies for Parental Burnout

A recent study by researchers at Ohio State University suggests that 66 percent of working parents met the criteria for parental burnout. Thank goodness for identical twin sisters Drs. Amelia and Emily Nagoski, who’s research and book “Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle” teaches us 6 evidence-based strategies for completing our body’s stress cycle.

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Executive functioning

Why Executive Functioning Skills are Important for Children

Executive functioning skills are often compared to the CEO of your brain. They include starting tasks, planning, organizing, working memory, flexible thinking, impulse control, self-monitoring, problem solving, and self-regulation. In this article we share some tips on how to exercise your child’s executive functioning skills from an early age.

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Introducing the SWYC

The SWYC is an age-specific, comprehensive, first-level screener developed by researchers at the Tufts Medical Center for children ages 1 month to 5 1/2 years old. The SWYC combines developmental and behavioral questions with screening for autism, parental depression, and other family risk factors. It is designed to be sensitive enough to identify any child who may be at risk and encourage parents to have conversations with their physician.

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3 go-to parenting strategies

Three strategies for your parenting toolboxThe pediatric professionals at Clay recommend the following three strategies as building blocks to better understand and respond to your child’s challenging behaviors. Challenging behaviors are a normal part of development for young children. We hope you find these evidence-based tools helpful when caring for your young child. 1. Behavior is communicationIt can be very

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Managing separation anxiety at preschool drop off

Separation anxiety is a normal stage of development for babies and young children. During the COVID pandemic, separation anxiety has become even more prevalent due to children having less opportunities to practice separating from parents and socializing with other children. Luckily, kids are resilient and can learn coping skills more easily the younger they are.

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