May 29, 2009

Growing Old With Autism

Despite the ever-increasing awareness of Autism and programs to assist children and their families, their is little assistance available for adults with autism. As the number of children with autism increases will there be services available to them when they are adults? This first-hand account in Time magazine addresses these concerns.,9171,1898322-1,00.html

May 11, 2009

Celebrate Children's Book Week May 11-17, 2009

Children's Book Week is the oldest national literacy event in the United States. This is it's 90th year. Go to the official web site to learn ways to help celebrate books and reading.

May 7, 2009


May 7, 2009 is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. This is a day to promote positive youth development, resilience, recovery, and the transformation of mental health services delivery for children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families. Awareness Day raises awareness of effective programs for children's mental health needs; demonstrates how children's mental health initiatives promote positive youth development, recovery, and resilience; and shows how children with mental health needs thrive in their communities.

The theme for this year's national event is Thriving in the Community, with a special emphasis on how high school youth who receive the services they need are more likely to have positive outcomes, such as better grades, and less likely to have negative outcomes, such as involvement with the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

May 6, 2009

Online Depression Screening Website

This web site is sponsored by Mental Health America as part of the Campaign for America's Mental Health. The mission of this website is to educate people about clinical depression, offer a confidential way for people to get screened for symptoms of the illness, and guide people toward appropriate professional help if necessary.

Screening tests, such as the one on this web site, are not intended to provide a diagnosis for clinical depression. But they may help identify any depressive symptoms and determine whether a further evaluation by a medical or mental health professional is necessary. As with any other illness, you should see your doctor if you think you might have symptoms of depression.

May 4, 2009

Parenting Classes

I have finalized the dates and topics for my up-coming parenting classes. If you email me I can send you the flyer and the registration form. (I never share email addresses). The registration form is also available to download on my web site

Classes are for parents of children ages 3-12. Classes begin at 7pm and run for ninety minutes and will be held at my office in Ellisville. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Each class is $10.00 which includes handouts and light refreshments.

June 8 - Understanding Your Child’s Temperament
Every child is born with a unique temperament style that affects how they react and respond to their world. Parents who understand their child’s temperament have an easier time dealing with challenging behaviors. This class will help parents gain an understanding of different temperament styles and learn ways to adjust their parenting to their child’s temperament.

June 15 - Managing Challenging Behaviors
Parents are expressing growing concerns about challenging behaviors. Children often exhibit challenging behaviors when they don’t have the skills needed to display more appropriate behaviors. This class will help parents understand why challenging behaviors occur and offer strategies to better manage those behaviors.

June 22 - Helping Siblings Get Along
Bickering, fighting, and arguing among siblings is frustrating for parents. There are many reasons why sibling rivalry occurs but generally brothers and sisters fight to get their parent’s attention. This class shares some ideas to help you reduce your frustration and lessen the fighting.

June 29 - Helping Children Understand Divorce
Divorce is a difficult adjustment for children and parents. Each family member deals with a variety of emotions. Despite their own challenges with the divorce process, parents need to understand how divorce affects their children. This class will explain children’s understanding of divorce from various developmental stages. It will also offer suggestions on how to help children work through the effects of divorce.