Category: Mental Health

Providing Care at All Stages of Life

At JSSA we empower our clients to overcome the obstacles they are facing in their lives. What sets us apart from other social service agencies in the Greater Washington metropolitan area? One difference is our ability to provide assistance to individuals and families at all stages of life, including 78-year-old Ruth and her 53-year-old daughter, […]

Discussing Frightening Current Events with Your Children

When frightening current events occur, such as yesterday’s horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, children need guidance and support as they try to process what they’re hearing and seeing around them and on the news. For parents who feel unequipped to manage their child’s concerns or questions during scary times like this, the following tips […]

When Enough is Enough: Balancing Your Child’s Extracurriculars

Between sports programs, scout meetings, music lessons, and art classes, our children have fuller schedules than we ever did at their age — and that’s not even including play dates and homework. So why do we keep our kids so busy with extracurriculars? When our children truly love an activity, we want to help nurture […]

My JSSA Story: Jason, An Out and About! Participant

Jason*, age 30, describes himself as a bit of a nerd. “I like comics, TV, games, movies, and the internet,” he said. “I also enjoy writing fan-fiction — stories about preexisting characters in preexisting franchises. I’ve written two stories with over a million words. Really need to finish one of them one of these days…”

How to Help Your Child Successfully Transition to Middle School

The beginning of a new school year marks a major transition in the life of every child. Between stressful educational, social, and personal changes, the first two months at middle school can be especially challenging. How can parents best help their children navigate the often bumpy transition to middle school? JSSA social workers offer these […]

6 Ways to Ease Back-to-School Challenges for Students with Special Needs

Heading back to school means new classrooms, new people, and new expectations. Students with special needs often feel especially uncertain and fearful about returning to the school environment and routine, making this time of year an especially challenging season of adaptation.

Transitioning from Preschool to Kindergarten

Moving from preschool to kindergarten is a natural and exciting part of growing up. However, between creating new routines and adjusting to a new environment, the transition can be challenging for both children and parents. One of the most effective ways to ensure a smooth transition

How to Prepare Your Child for Preschool

Starting preschool can be anxiety-provoking for toddlers, but parents can ease the transition with a little preparation. Here are a few tips to help set up children for success on their first day in the classroom.

Talking to Children with Special Needs About Death and Dying

Talking with any child about death and dying can be daunting, but it may be particularly so when the child has special needs. When done in a way that takes into account the child’s specific developmental, social, and learning needs, a discussion such as this can be meaningful and highly influential as the child continues […]

6 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day Without a Father

My father was 93 years old when he died in November of 2007. He had served in the American Army during World War II in Normandy and the Argonne Forest. His Army Division liberated the Buchenwald Camp. Afterward, he earned a master’s degree in social work and a law degree from The George Washington University. […]

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