Illustration of a girl holding a microphone and a zipper over her mouth. This could represent the effects of selective mutism that a child therapist in Branchburg, NJ can offer support in addressing. Learn more about child therapy in New Jersey and the help a child therapist in Scotch Plains, NJ can offer.

10 Things You Need to Know About Selective Mutism

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Getting a diagnosis of any kind for your child can be a daunting experience. It can be difficult to comprehend and process that your child needs additional help. During this time you will be given information about the journey of helping your child.  Selective mutism is no different than any other diagnosis in that regard. […]

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Meet the Equestrian Therapists

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What is Equestrian Trauma?  Equestrian Trauma is an umbrella term for a variety of issues equestrians may face. Indeed, equestrian trauma is not so much about the severity of the incident that occurred but rather the impact on the Equestrian’s mental health. The following events may be considered traumatic: Falling off your horse and having […]

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Helping Your Child with Selective Mutism

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In my last blog, “Could Your Child Be Experiencing Selective Mutism?“ I discussed the details of selective mutism: what symptoms to look for, the causes of selective mutism, and when to seek out professional help. By now you’ve met with your child’s pediatrician and discussed your concerns. They will refer your child to a mental […]

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Could Your Child Be Experiencing Selective Mutism?

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What is Selective Mutism? Selective Mutism (SM) is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by an inability to speak or communicate in certain situations. It is usually first diagnosed during childhood. Children with selective mutism appear to develop typically and speak normally in certain situations. However, they fail to speak in public situations where speaking […]

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Tired of Sleepless Nights? Parenting Advice Can Help

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Tips to help your child sleep through the night. We’ve all been there as parents; bedtime comes and the nighttime routine is complete. You slowly make your way out of the dimly lit room and just when the door is almost closed you  hear it. “MAMA/DADA!” Your heart sinks and the pattern starts: “I need […]

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Why Pet Loss Is So Painful: How You Can Help Yourself and Those You Love.

Posted Posted in Adults, Children, Elaine Harrison-Yau, Grief, Parents, Teens

Let me introduce you to Jess* and Bosco… Jess was 12 years old when she got her beautiful pet rabbit, whom she named Bosco. To her, Bosco was perfect with his gorgeous black fur and little twitching white nose. Jess would spend time snuggling and playing with her rabbit. She loved him very much. However, […]