Category: Mental Health

Gift Ideas for the Holidays, Birthdays or Other Special Events for Friends with Hoarding Behaviors

Author: Senior Services Department Whatever activities you choose from this list or creatively come up with on your own, remember that what will be appreciated most is quality time spent together. Memories get better over time whereas purchased items only take up space! Gifts of Time: Consider giving thoughtful acts and memorable experiences, rather than […]

Guiding Children from Meltdown to Mellowed

Author: Deborah Goldstein, LCSW-C, Clinical Director Preschool children are prone to “meltdowns,” or uncontrollable outbursts of emotion. Uncomfortable as they can be for the preschoolers and adults involved, meltdowns are normal in different populations of children, as these youngsters have yet to develop self-control and are easily overwhelmed by their emotions. Various triggers can send […]

The Tools to Manage Your Child’s Stress: Tips on Using Problem-Solving Skills

Author: Jennifer Firestone, LCSW-C, Clinical Social Worker As they grow up children are continually discovering that challenges can enter their lives at any stage. Young children, for example, often have “meltdowns” or tantrums when they have to wait for what they want. Those in middle childhood may have so many activities that they might often […]

Helping Yourself and Your Loved Ones: The Basics about Depression and Seniors

Author: Senior Services Department If you or someone you care about has been feeling down for weeks, gaining or losing weight, struggling to concentrate and perhaps growing uninterested in once enjoyable activities, the cause may be depression. Depression is more than just temporary sadness or the blues. It is a serious, yet medically treatable illness. […]

Easing the Stress of Report Card Season Tips for Parents and Students

Author: Deborah Goldstein, LCSW-C, Clinical Director Mid-year report card season can be stressful on families. Parents may finally have to face up to problems that have been brewing at school all semester. Some students may fear parents finding they’ve earned disappointing marks. Others may cringe to bring home even one grade that’s below an A. […]

Helpful Steps to Reduce Daily Worries

Author: Leslie Kessler, LCSW-C, Clinical Social Worker Throughout history, some of the greatest leaders and thinkers have been burdened by worrying. Julius Caesar said, “As a rule, what is out of sight disturbs men’s minds more seriously than what they see.” And contemporary poet Maya Angelou observed, “We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It […]

Job #1 in Preschool: Teaching Social Skills

Author: JSSA Child and Family Staff Preschool is a wonderful time to capitalize on children’s natural curiosity about the world. Yet an even more essential lesson from ages 2-5 is developing good social skills. Activities such as circle time, free play, music, and art help children learn the principles that will allow them to work […]

Five Steps Toward Cultivating Self-Control in Children

Author: Deborah Goldstein, LCSW-C, Clinical Director In the world of a young child, frustration may come from many daily situations. Waiting your turn, feeling uncertainty, or choosing among too many options are a few of the challenges that can cause a pre-schooler to tantrum, hurt others or act out in other ways. However, adults caring […]

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