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Be Kind to Yourself: The Power of Self-Compassion

As a parent in a pandemic, you feel like you have to be superhuman or you’re not doing enough. The reality is that if you can be kinder to yourself, you will also be happier, more resilient and compassionate with others. In this episode, Pardis Khosravi, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist at CHC, shares three key steps toward self-compassion. Read more ›

Having Second Thoughts About Sending Your Child Off to College in These Difficult Times?

The deposit is in, and your family has made the best decision possible about what school to attend in the fall, given the pandemic.

But as the days have passed, you’ve started to wonder if it was the right decision. Or perhaps your child is returning to college or considering a school for 2021, and the location is giving you pause.

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? You’re not alone.  Parents all over the country are wondering the same thing. Read more ›

6 Ways to Teach SEL Skills Remotely

This year, schools may be offering social-emotional skills training to students with disabilities, such as autism, in separate virtual groups. However, if staff are spread thin, or students need additional opportunities to generalize skills, it may be useful to find ways to integrate social-emotional learning into other virtual encounters during the day. This will help to ensure students who have social-emotional goals in their IEPs can work on their skills. Read more ›

‘I’ve Tried Everything’: Pandemic Worsens Child Mental Health Crisis

Lindsey has autism. It can be hard for her to communicate and navigate social situations. She thrives on routine, and gets special help at school. Or got help, before the coronavirus pandemic closed schools and forced tens of millions of children home.  Her mother, Sandra, says that’s when their living hell started. Read more ›

11 Educational Resources for Homeschooling and Remote Learning

The new calendar year is (finally) here, but we’re already smack-dab in the middle of a tumultuous school year. As districts across the country continue to cope with an ever-evolving global pandemic, educators continue to face a slew of instructional challenges.

Kids are adaptable, and with the proper instruction, anywhere in the world can be their classroom. You just need to put the right tools in their proverbial tool belts. Read more ›

As the Pandemic Trudges On, What to Say to Our Kids

Experts say questions from kids are going to continue to challenge parents as the pandemic lingers and kids, like adults, experience ‘pandemic fatigue. Read more ›

Infinite Hope — Observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2021

Written by Ramsey Khasho, PsyD

Dear Friends,

Many of us are delighted by the idea of a 3-day weekend. Whether it’s sleeping in, organizing the garage, reading a good book, going on a hike or trying out a new recipe, we’ve an endless list of ways to spend the extra day off, even in a pandemic. Especially in a pandemic. More than ever, we need the extra time for self-care and rest and reflection; our bodies and minds exhausted from the endless barrage of fear and bad news.

But I urge you to add one more thing to your mental list of ways to spend this precious day. We all know today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Read more ›

Setting up Distance Learning for Behavioral Success

Distance learning is hard, even for kids without emotional or behavioral challenges. Not to mention the strain on parents working remotely while trying to support their child’s at-home education. We sat down with behavioral expert Jody Miller, MEd, BCBA, to hear her best strategies for promoting and positively reinforcing good behavior, as well as what steps to take when your child is struggling. Read more ›

Sesame Street — Wear a Mask with Oscar [video]

Oscar the Grouch encourages kids to wear a mask in public in this humorous 30-second public service announcement. Read more ›

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers [downloadable]

High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has developed recommendations for talking about protests, unsettling information and violent events. Read more ›

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