August 19, 2020

There’s no denying that no matter what your plan is, going back to school this year looks different. Whether your kids are going back to school in person, online, or a combination of the two, there are likely to be new and unexpected challenges that arise along the way...

March 10, 2020

As a play therapist, I get to witness firsthand the incredible benefits of play. Not only is play a form of connection between the child and caregiver, it is also an avenue to understanding personal boundaries and limitations within the surrounding environment. Play te...

April 30, 2019

Imagination is a bright and wonderful aspect of childhood. It feels like a quality that comes so naturally to children. Watching a child so completely immersed in an imaginative world and storyline often, for me, is accompanied by a sense of awe. To me, what would be a...

February 5, 2019

My experience working with children has taught me the everlasting importance of connection. It is so important in fact, that in Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, connection (or the need to belong) comes secondary only to our needs for survival. Although there are ot...

Taking myself back to my 9-year-old self where the excitement of being invited over to a friend’s house for a sleepover was through the roof. It was during these sleepovers where I could eat junk food that my parents never allowed in the house, probably skip brushing m...

September 11, 2018

I am sitting in my office staring at a list of “71 Kindergarten Readiness Skills”. As I scan the sheet, even I am intimated by the amount of information required to start kindergarten! Matching, alphabet identification, sorting, shapes and patterns fill the list. Yet,...

November 1, 2017

Ten months ago my dog, Kona, was given a terminal diagnosis.  Based on the location of her tumor, the size of her tumor and the functioning levels of her organs, the doctors and technicians gave her one-month to live.  I was devastated.  The surgery would have cost $5,...

September 2, 2016

Normalize the Feelings
There are a lot of changes occurring along with the back-to-school transition, and it is normal for your child to need some time to adjust. We can support them to process these feelings and learn to handle them with confidence. For your part, ass...

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