Chores for kids ages 11-16

z a Chores and age appropriateness.  It’s always a difficult struggle.  What can you kid do?  What should your kid do?  Why are his friends doing X,Y, Z and not your child?  Everyone is at a different spot.  Here are some ideas for chores you can start your child on between the ages of 11 […]

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Giving You a Quick Update…

Hello everyone.  I”m sure you have noticed that I have been a little MIA the last two weeks.  My son has started back at school.  He wanted to go to school and his depression has improved greatly.  His anxiety still showed, but he was doing much better. The first week of school he did okay. […]

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Update, Part 5. My son’s struggles with anxiety and depression.

While in PHP (the partial hospitalization program) we would get a sheet home at the end of the day.  On it, they score E on his participation in each element of the program each day.  Sometimes he didn’t participate.  Other times he was crying or upset.  Sometimes he did a great job.  A typical 11 […]

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What’s going on, in May. Part 4.

What is going on now.  Things are still stressful. I’m still physically and mentally exhausted. Honestly, I am so angry over the last two months.  I am really angry at the mental health clinic that has been treating my son in one form or another.  Where to start? If you remember from my last update, […]

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Your Summer to Do List

Need a list to check off for Summertime fun?  Well, look no further than this post!  Here is a little help in filling those long summer days. Go Paddle boarding Go Kayaking Lay in a Hammock Go on a boat trip Eat outside (a lot)! Snorkel Have a picnic Garden Watch Fireworks Hang out on […]

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ADHD and my son.

When our son was born we thought he might get ADHD.  It runs rampant in my husbands family. It turns out he did, but it was not as easy to identify as we thought.  What we found out is that ADHD is very hard to diagnose in the early stages of childhood.  Many of the […]

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Sensory Disorder and My Son Part 2.

In addition to Sensory Modulation, another category under the umbrella term of Sensory Processing disorder is Sensory Based Motor Disorder. In a Sensory Based Motor Disorder a person has difficulty with balance, motor coordination and the performance of skilled non-habit tasks. One of the subcategories is Postural Disorder.  A postural disorder is impaired perception of […]

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My Sensory Son.

Sensory disorder.  It’s seems like a new thing right?  Twenty years ago we never heard much about it.  While it’s always been there, sensory processing disorder isn’t new.  Sensory Integration disorder was first defined by Occupational Therapist Anna Jean Ayres in 1972. Unfortunately, at this time the medical literature does not recognize as a medical […]

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5 Manners 4 Kids

It’s time to revisit manners for kids again! Here is April’s list of manners to know. 1. How to lose graciously. This idea for manners has really taken a beating lately hasn’t it? Winning has become everything. The only thing. I get it.  We all want to be winners.  It feels so good to win. […]

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The Last Part… To Be Continued Pt. 3

When my phone rang on a very windy, snowy weekday I expected to hear my son on the other end crying or begging me to come.  It wasn’t.  It was one of the therapists telling me they were going to discharge my son from the program. What?  It was only five days! We removed him […]

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