Coming to Your Senses – Sensory Integration and Your Child

Below are some strategies for assessing and managing your child’s upsets – whether he has some sensory integration (SI) challenges or an actual Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). What is sensory integration? ­ SI is the ability to integrate input from our environment...

The Dangers of Partnering While Mating

In the Sept/Oct, 2012 issue of Psychology Today, a short article, “The Beauty of Benign Neglect,” resonates with me today as it did 6 years ago. “Parents lack (a) trust in children’s desire to be competent and that nature will influence the course of development.”...

OUR BEAUTIFUL, COMPLICATED BRAINS

When I work with my parent clients, I find it useful to explain the idea that our anatomical and physiological brains are literally built on and changed by lived experience. I go over the tools available that one can adopt to achieve regulation in the face of...

“G” is for Gratitude: What I Wish I Knew When I was Younger

“G” is for Gratitude: What I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger By Amanda Schmid Last week on our favorite turkey-filled holiday, I decided to ditch the usual feasting and yummy indulgences I usually partake in on this day with friends, and ventured to Downtown Los...

“F” is for Forgiveness

  When someone wrongs us, it is natural to allow negative emotions to flood our minds. We yearn for our offender to admit guilt and to provide relief with closure. But whether you receive the apology that you desire or not, it is crucial to first and foremost,...