How to Help Your Grieving Children, Teens, and Families

how to help your grieving child teenager family - wide title picBy Lisa Mottola Ernst, MSW, LCSW

In working with grieving children, teens and families, I get many questions concerning children and their ability to grieve.

Is my child grieving?
Why do they want to go to their best friend’s house for a sleepover, when grandpa just died a week ago?
Why can I do to support my child?

Before answering these questions, it is important to note that children grieve differently than adults. For them, the loss of a parent, sister, brother, grandparent,…

Building Social Skills

A Lego Based Therapeutic Group for Kids

Building Social Skills Lego Group - horizontal Apr 8thThis is one of our most popular and most requested therapeutic groups! Join us for some fun and learning! Kids will learn social skills through team building activities with Legos. At the end of the 6 weeks, your child will bring home a Lego creation as a keepsake!

Here are the Details:

Building Social Skills Lego Group - Storm Trooper on Beach Apr 8thLed by Tricia Pyatt, MA, CIT

Who: boys and girls, ages 6 – 9 years old

When: Saturday mornings, 10:30am – 11:30am, beginning on April 8th (runs…

Attachment Issues and Infant Adoption

By Kathy Petefish, LMSW, LCPC, BCBA, LBA

I’ve heard of Reactive Attachment Disorder. We’re just lucky that we adopted our son when he was only 2 months old. Our caseworker and pediatrician both said we shouldn’t have any issues with that, thank goodness!

How often have I heard those frustrating and sad words in the last 15 years that I have worked with children? At least a hundred, since working with children with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) has been in my wheelhouse…

Unconditional Love and Boundaries

Boundaries with Kids Book CoverA reflection on Cloud & Townsend’s “Boundaries with Kids”

In Christian terms, unconditional love is love that doesn’t depend on the attitudes or actions of the beloved. It is a self-sacrificing love, which finds its ultimate expression in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross: “But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8, RSV).

But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died