When Should Parents Get Involved With School?

0Being a parent is a constant tight rope balance between support and enabling.  The goal is to eventually launch children into the world as productive and independent as they possibly can be – with all of the help and scaffolding…

Raising Girls

In our last post, we discussed the differences that male identified children have as compared to female identified children.  We reviewed some of the structural brain changes, as well as some of the societal and cultural norms and expectations that…

Raising Boys

On the surface, raising a child with an identified gender of male should be much the same as raising a female identified child  We are thankfully moving past strict gender guidelines, and no longer are toys considered “boy toys” or…

Gender Differences Within Autism

Any conversation about autism and the prevalence rates is incomplete without also mentioning the gender differences that occur across the spectrum.  An understanding of the gender differences helps capture the traits and symptoms present in ASD in a more nuanced…

What Happens When A Child Hears ‘No’

Nothing changes a happy parenting scene as quickly as a child in the throes of a meltdown.  Often the trigger for that public display of emotion?  When the child hears “no” or is prevented access from something they want.  Yet…

Parenting In The Era of Screen Time

You may have heard some of the alarming news related to research that links screen time and media usage with anxiety and depression in children and adolescents.  This analysis was done as a part of a larger, longitudinal study that…

How To React When Someone Comes Out

Coming out – the process of revealing your sexual or gender identity to others around you – can be terrifying.  Yet in an effort to live authentically, congruently, and freely, it is necessary to divulge certain very personal pieces of…

Talking To Teenagers

Parents often feel that they’ve entered a new planet, or at least a foreign country, when their sweet innocent children become teenagers. Adolescence is a developmental period where identity, responsibility, maturity, and hormones can bring about changes, heightened emotions, and…

Welcome Jessy Coleman, LPC-Intern!

It is with great pleasure that Upside Therapy and Evaluation Center welcomes our new therapist, Jessica “Jessy” Coleman, LPC-Intern.  Jessy is supervised by Nichole Lecznar, MS, LPC-S.  Jessy received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Oklahoma State University,…

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