Children’s Neuropsych Blog

Laughter And The Importance Of Humor In The Treatment Process

The treatment process tends to be complex. Often times one provider may give suggestions for you and details regarding your care based on their best practices and experiences. Perhaps you’ve met with a Therapist, Clinician, Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychologist, Neuropsychologist, School Counselor or Doctor. Perhaps you’ve had meetings or recommendations from […]

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Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)

Concussions have been receiving a great deal of attention in the Boston media recently, which has raised awareness of the potential long-term consequences of experiencing multiple blows to the head.  Concussions are common, particularly in children who play contact sports.  Many of us have experienced a concussion ourselves or know someone who has.  In fact, […]

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Why My Daughter’s Pencil Grip Led Us to Neuropsychological Testing

I’ll never forget my daughter’s first grade parent-teacher conference.  “I’m considering recommending that she repeat first grade,” the teacher said, after updating me on my daughter’s progress. Her reasoning: my daughter Clara (not her real name) seemed fine socially, enjoyed reading, writing and drawing, but had trouble holding a pencil and struggled slightly with basic […]

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The Importance of Sleep

There’s nothing like a toddler throwing a tantrum after missing her afternoon nap that underscores the importance of sleep – especially when it occurs in the Boston Commons on a beautiful spring day.  It’s not just two year olds that need adequate sleep however as research continues to demonstrate that sleep is an important factor of success for children, adolescents and […]

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Thinking Positive

One branch of psychology that has gained attention in recent years is the study of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology, made popular by Martin Seligman during his term as the American Psychological Association president in 1998, focuses on mental healthiness as opposed to mental illness. In other words, psychologists and researchers seek to better understand what […]

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Getting to Know Your Child

Children are like snowflakes.  Each share many common characteristics, and each are uniquely different.  Sometimes our kids’ uniqueness insures success, whether it be as a student, athlete or communicator.  Other times, it can foster frustration, sadness, and anger.  This results in understandable concern and confusion for parents, as the source of our child’s struggles is […]

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Understanding the IEP

This entry will be the first in a multi-part series of blogs addressing the process of obtaining special education services and accommodations through your child’s school district.  This process can seem daunting to many parents and is unfortunately often filled with anxiety and frustration. My goal is to help parents to understand this process a little better. […]

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College Survival Tips

I arrived at college confident. I knew I was well-prepared. I worked hard in high school and it showed. I was accepted into a competitive university. But as my family’s unloaded station wagon drove off, it hit me, along with thousands of other college freshman nationwide, that I was now in charge.

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