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How Nature Heals Anxious Children

A World of Worries Children today are more than aware of the tensions in the world. News of terror attacks, bombings, school shootings and other frightening events are almost inescapable, even for the littlest ones. Graphic images linger in many children’s minds, haunting them…

May 11, 2017
Mind Spirit

How Therapy Dogs Comfort Children at Home and In Clinical Settings

Parents of children with anxiety, autism spectrum disorders or sensory processing disorders sometimes tell me they think there’s a missing piece. Something more they could be doing.  A therapy they should be trying.  A strategy that would just click and calm anxiety, encourage communication…

March 10, 2017

Why Putting Worries in a Box (or Jar) Calms Anxious Kids

 A Lesson Learned During one of my first years of teaching, my students taught me a valuable lesson. One that I’ve since seen validated in numerous studies of how anxiety negatively affects the brain and learning. I was trying unsuccessfully to teach a reading…

March 4, 2017
Body Mind

Happily Ever After: A Service Dog Success Story

My last post discussed important things to consider before getting a service dog for your anxious child. I love a good dog story and happy endings. This post has both.  Enjoy. Autism and Anxiety Justin Daigle was diagnosed with autism at age 3 and…

February 1, 2017