Category: Children and Teens

Special Needs Children and Divorce: Working with a JSSA Child Specialist

Author: Jamell White, Ph.D., LCSW-C, Director, Special Needs and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services and Lori Gunner Kolle, LCSW-C, Clinical Director Enlisting the help of a JSSA Child Specialist during the divorce process is particularly important if parents have different perceptions about how their child is doing and feeling and what specific needs their child might […]

College Bound Seniors – Leaving Home and Summer Stress

Author: Deborah Goldstein, LCSW-C, Clinical Director This year’s graduating high school seniors have received their college acceptance letters. They’ve conquered college essays and financial aid applications. Prom and graduation are a fond memory and soon they will become college freshmen. Ah, the freedom of all that independence. Right? Right, but not without the concerns and […]

Talking to Children About Tragic Events

Author: JSSA Child and Family Staff Tragic Events in the News “When I was a boy and would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” – Fred Rogers In times of community or world-wide crisis, it’s easy to […]

How to Address “Mean Girls” Behavior

Author: Orly Zimmerman-Leizerov, LGSW, Social Worker While bullying has been the subject of many media reports and community wide programs in recent years, little attention has been directed toward a type of covert bullying that is predominantly found among girls and has been termed “relational aggression.” Unlike overt bullying, in which clear physically aggressive acts […]

Pre-Holiday Advice on Discussing Tough Financial Times with Young Children

Authors: Leslie Kessler, LCSW-C. LICSW, Clinical Social Worker and Deborah Goldstein, LCSW-C, Clinical Director The effects of our nation’s weak economy are especially being felt in many of our community’s homes in the weeks before the December gift-giving holidays. Children are exposed to heavier-than-usual advertising and friends talking about what they are going to get […]

Stealing Their Thunder: Understanding and Recognizing Bullying

Author: Andrew McGahan, LCSW, LICSW, Clinical Director On the 1950s “Leave It to Beaver” TV show, a bully was a boy who beat up another boy as a show of power. Today boys and girls are drawn into bullying, often using much more subtle emotional manipulations. In addition, cyber bullying is an increasingly popular way […]

Spotting Troubling “Back to School” Behaviors Understanding and Managing Your Child’s Warning Signs of Stress

Author: Leslie Kessler, LCSW-C, LICSW, Clinical Social Worker and Synagogue Liaison and Deborah Goldstein, LCSW-C, Clinical Director As the new academic school year approaches so do many changes for children – perhaps cursive instead of printing, seven teachers instead of one, new classmates, maybe a new school. Adults’ expectations of students also rise each year […]

Soothing Sibling Rivalry: Parenting Tips

Author: Deborah Goldstein, LCSW-C, Clinical Director Growing up in a family with more than one child has its pros and cons. Living with brothers and sisters offers many opportunities to learn important social lessons –such as how to compromise, how to share parents’ attention, and how to tolerate not getting your way every time. However, […]

Summer Camp Time Already? Tips for Selecting A Camp For Your Special Needs Child

Author: Jamell White, Ph.D., LCSW-C, Director, Special Needs and Deaf Services Before you know it it’s it’s time to start thinking about summer camp! Selecting the right summer programs that are convenient, affordable and amenable to working with your child’s needs may take some research. Programs can be found within the Jewish community through JSSA, […]

Proceed with Care: The Art of Discussing Risky Behaviors with Teens

Author: JSSA Child and Family Staff As our children become teenagers, they often hear about, talk about and have access to more risky behaviors. Among parents, anxiety about these possibilities also grows. Conveying expectations and concerns to teenage children can feel like a minefield. Adolescents naturally strive to protect their freedom, and it is normal […]

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