Here you can find articles for children, adolescent and family issues. Please note these articles are only meant to provide general information about a topic. They should not necessarily be used as psychological counsel or advice, as each person's specific situation requires a more custom solution.
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PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE SOCIAL SKILLS ARTICLE
Teachers and parents are realizing some children could use help with the simplest of social skills, like greeting a stranger or carrying on casual conversation. The National Association of School Psychologists now includes the training in its recommended curriculum. In the past, social skills training was exclusively used for students with diagnosed problems such as autism, but psychotherapist Kristen Wynns says more children now need basic training on how to relate to others. Wynns Family Psychology is featured in this Public News Service social skills article. You can download the Public News Service social skills MP3 news clip here. Learn more about Wynns Family Psychology Social Skills Groups.
RALEIGH AUTISM & PARENTING EXAMINER SOCIAL SKILLS ARTICLE
Developing social skills as a child with autism can sometimes be difficult. Having the child hang out with other kids at the playground is good but if the child is unsure of how to interact appropriately with others, the play time may end quite fast. It is often heartbreaking as a parent to watch your child not have any friends or find it hard to communicate with other peers. Entering your child in to a social skills class may be the answer. Wynns Family Psychology's child social skills camp is highlighted in this Raleigh Autism & Parenting Examiner social skills article. Learn more about Wynns Family Psychology Social Skills Groups.
CARY MAGAZINE ARTICLE:
OVERCOMING SCHOOL ANXIETY
For many preschool-age children, school anxiety is a real problem that leads to stress, somatic symptoms such as headaches and stomach aches, and behavior problems. In fact, school anxiety is often part and parcel of school refusal, which can be one of the most stressful issues parents face. Parents often feel helpless, guilty and overwhelmed. So what can you do if your preschooler is experiencing school anxiety?
CAROLINA PARENT ARTICLE: WHAT ARE WE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN ABOUT WORK?
If you're a parent who's blessed with your dream job, you're fortunate. But even if you love your career, certain things are beyond your control, and every day isn't always a winner. How do you handle the rough days and then walk through the door at home to face more demands and responsibilities? Is it ever appropriate to vent in front of the kids? Achieving work-life balance is a common quest for parents, and although they should be honest and realistic with children who ask questions about work, they also need to remain positive and have a good attitude to send the right message.
CAROLINA PARENT ARTICLE: PROS AND CONS OF EARLY KINDERGARTEN ENTRY
It's important to provide a challenging environment and enriching curriculum when your child is ready for the next stage of learning. But his or her emotional, social, and behavioral maturity are also important considerations. Here you can review a quick pros and cons checklist regarding early entry to kindergarten. The assessments required to see if your child is eligible for early kindergarten entry are also covered.
CAROLINA PARENT ARTICLE: GATHERING TOGETHER FOR A PURPOSE
Most families make the mistake of only calling a family meeting when there is a family crisis. But families really benefit from having a regularly scheduled meeting. Parents and children really begin to look forward to these meetings as a way to connect with each other, share concerns or updates and plan upcoming events. And if family members are relaxed and respect the right of every family member to express his or her opinion, these meetings can help families be more intimate and positive.
GET AN A IN “BACK TO SCHOOL” PREPARATION
Helpful hints to make the beginning of the school year go smoothly.
DEALING WITH DIVORCE:
10 TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR KIDS
While divorce can be hard on children, it’s often the fighting of the parents that most directly affects them. Help buffer your children from the problems of parental divorce or marital conflict.
PRESCHOOLERS & DIVORCE
What do they understand? How do they react? What can parents do?
ASK THE EXPERT: LEAVING A CHILD ALONE
What is an appropriate age to leave your child home alone, and how long should you start initially leaving them alone?