Category: Mental Health

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. […]

5 Tips for Talking with Children About Anti-Semitism

Ever since Jewish Community Centers and day schools began receiving bomb threats earlier this year, anxiety levels have been high — especially among children who had to be evacuated from their own classrooms. There are well-established strategies in place for helping young people cope with tragic events, but when dealing specifically with acts of anti-Semitism, […]

How to Talk to Kids About the Election

Young children may be unsure how to feel after last week’s presidential election if they’ve been listening to the news or to the adults in their lives discussing the candidates and the issues at stake for the past several months. If they have questions about what just happened, these tips can help you navigate what […]

Understanding and Embracing Mindfulness

Mindfulness – it seems like we’re hearing it everywhere these days, in schools, hospitals, workplaces and therapy offices. If you are not sure what mindfulness is, join the crowd – you are in good company! What is it? Simply put, mindfulness is the state of being aware of what’s going on both inside and outside […]

Being “Heard” in the Workplace

Author: Alison Axelrod, MSW, Employment Specialist Diversity in the workplace benefits employees, employers and society as a whole. With today’s technological advances and better understanding of the special needs of workers with disabilities, providing accommodations for deaf or hard of hearing employees doesn’t need to be difficult. Below are some simple things to keep in […]

Cyberbullying and Your Child – What You Need to Know

Author: Heidi Cohen, LCSW-C, Child and Family Services Technology today is often our children’s life line to social interactions. Social networking can be a wonderful tool for individuals to share stories, connect with friends and network. However, social networking can also lead to serious issues such as cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is a growing threat to our […]

Three Ways Technology Can Benefit Children With Special Needs

Author: JSSA Child and Family Services For some children and teens with special needs, there is often only one thing that motivates them…videogames. In fact, I’ve heard from many parents who feel that electronics, in particular videogames, have become such a big part of their child’s life that it seems to be almost all consuming. […]

Transitioning to College

Author: Michal Berkson, LCSW, LICSW and Dawn Kaye, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor, Child and Family Services As parents start thinking about “next steps” regarding transitioning their special needs child from high school to college, there are some key questions and tips that can be very helpful. The first question to ask yourself – and your child […]

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 […]

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