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Could Your Child Be Experiencing Selective Mutism?

Posted Posted in Children, Elaine Harrison-Yau, Parents

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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Understanding Teen Dating Violence: What you need to know

Posted Posted in Alexandria Bleich, Parents, Teens

Teenage years are full of exploration and growth. One area that we see this exploration in, specifically, is teenagers’ social lives. Teenagers may be becoming interested in pursuing romantic relationships. They may start navigating the exciting world of dating. However, with dating comes the responsibility of teaching teens the importance of autonomy, boundaries, and consent. […]

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How to Talk to Your Child about School Shootings and Violence

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Children, Kerry Isgur, Parents, Teens, Trauma

High profile acts of violence, especially school shootings, can be frightening and confusing to children. Even well-intentioned safety measures like ‘active shooter drills’ at schools can also amplify intense worries in children who fear their friends or loved ones’ safety.  Step 1: Reassure your child that they are safe. Emphasize that schools are very safe. […]