Social Skills

How To Help Kids Deal With Bullying

Bullying continues to be a major factor in schools and child environments.  While policy makers, schools, and parents have increased efforts to prevent bullying and respond quickly, the increase in technology and the ever present power dynamics and hierarchies that…

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…

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…

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,…

Parenting A Child With A Disability

Parenting is hard, bringing risks and rewards, struggles and highlights.  This is no different for a parent who has a child with a disability.  Yet parents of special needs children also experience increased isolation and loneliness, additional roles of warrior…

Coping With The Holidays

In this time of year, much is made of the excitement for the holidays.  However, there are many reasons why the holiday season may be difficult, and we are here to offer extra support if you need. Holidays are often…

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