How to Manage Challenging Behavior in Children With Autism

Contributor: Thomas Frazier, II, PhD  Aggression toward a sibling or classmate. Self injury. Wandering off without warning. Many children with autism exhibit these challenging behaviors. When they do, parents get frightened — understandably. We see it frequently in the children and parents we work with, and we take such behavior very seriously. Anxious parents want … Read More

7 Simple Ways to Ease Your Holiday Stress

The holidays bring lots of joy but also can cause stress and anxiety. When the decorations start cropping up in stores, you may begin feeling the pressure of a subconscious clock ticking. Will it all get done? Women, and moms in particular, often find themselves so overwhelmed that they can’t enjoy what should be a … Read More

8 Tips for Talking About Bad Grades

Every child brings home the occasional disappointing grade. Sometimes their own hurt or shame is enough to set them on the right path. Other times, parental intervention may be needed to make sure it’s not the beginning of a pattern. But when is the best time to talk? And what do you say? Here are … Read More

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5 S.M.A.R.T. Tips for Quitting Tobacco

Most tobacco users want to quit. Approximately seven out of 10 smokers want to stop but may have to try an average of six to nine times before they succeed. Tobacco is a tough addiction to beat. But whether you’re a cigarette smoker, cigar smoker or tobacco chewer, quitting tobacco is one of the most … Read More

5 Ways to Help A Child With Autism Learn Social Skills

Contributor: Thomas Frazier, II, PhD  No parent likes to watch a child struggle. For parents of high-functioning children with autism, that struggle often takes place in social situations: in a classroom, on a playground or during a simple conversation. There are ways to help your child learn social skills, though. The work often starts in … Read More

7 Tips to Kick Bad Habits for Good

People know they want to change — know they need to change — but they resist, even to their own detriment, says Scott Bea, PsyD, a psychologist in Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Behavioral Health. “We are comfort-craving critters and that leads us to some compulsive bad habits,” he says. Despite this, with some planning, effort … Read More

Playing Nice With Kids Who Are ‘Different’

Interacting with someone who is “different” can be tough even for adults. No wonder kids don’t always get it right. But there’s no better place to learn how to manage differences than in school — especially now that many classrooms include kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Kids with ASD can have full-blown autism, a … Read More

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6 Ways to Outsmart Smartphone Stress

Your smartphone belches email alerts, and you reply — even if you’re sitting on a beach or riding up a ski lift. You take work home from the office on your tablet or phone. You share your life minute by minute on Facebook and Twitter. Where is the “off” button? “These devices are spinning into … Read More

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Beyond the Winter Blues

For some, spring seems like a distant dream during the short, dark days of winter — and not just because of biting cold or impending storms. These people suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a distinct type of depression, says clinical psychologist Beth G. Dixon, PsyD, of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Behavioral Health. How can … Read More