Theraplay and Jean Ruttenberg have a free workshop on Tuesday, March 14that 7pm.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Lauren Toolan at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 6th.
In recent years, bullying has become a national concern. It appears that bullying has increased in settings such as school and in our local communities. Bullying can include behaviors such as verbal and cyber threats, physical aggression and excessive teasing.
What we know about bullying is that boys and girls tend to engage in bullying, but each tend to use different forms. For example, boys are more likely to engage physical bullying, while girls are more likely to engage in verbal and cyber threats. Research indicates that there is no one cause for bullying. Some contributing factors can be negative family, school and peer environments. Both bullies and victims can be at greater risk for future emotional difficulties. An additional challenge in combating bullying is that many adults do not recognize or consider bullying to be a serious issue. Additionally, many schools still do not have programs that address bullying.
The US Department of Justice reported that younger students are more likely to be bullied than older students. Bullying appears to be more prevalent between the 5th and 8th grade. Other reports indicate that students with special needs, such as Autism, are especially vulnerable to bullying.
What Can Parents Do?
Jean Ruttenberg, MA
Jean is a well-known and respected specialist in the area of autism, ADHD and emotional disorders. She assists all age groups and is skilled at solving difficult behavior problems.
Dr. Lovrinic and Dr. Jansen are starting a DBT Group on Thursday, October 20th from 6pm-7pm. This group will be offered to teens in 9th through 12th grade, and their parents. Parents are free to join the group without a child also attending, as are teens free to join without a parent.
DBT Informed groups provide skill training and opportunity to connect with others. Parents will meet with Dr. Jansen, while teens meet with Dr. Lovrinic.
If you are interested in joining this group or have questions, please call our office at 215-491-1119.
Not ready for the summer to be over? Wishing the first day of school would be delayed indefinitely? Here are some quick tips to help you transition back to school as painlessly as possible.
These three ideas should help you to embrace the school year, despite its routines and demands. If we can help you transition to the school year or deal with any other challenges you’re currently facing, please call us here at the Center at 215.491.1119. If you would rather email us, please click here.
-Dr. Lorna Jansen specializes in treating children, adolescents, and families. She helps clients manage stress, deal with relationship issues, and also offers academic coaching.
At LEGO CLUB, kids will engage in set builds, production of Lego stop-motion movies, and much more. Your child will develop their problem solving skills, social abilities, and creativity, all while having a great time! The goal of LEGO CLUB is to create fun and interactive experiences for your child.
WHAT IS IT? The LEGO® CLUB is a collaborative, play therapy in which children work together to build LEGO® models. Dr. Lovrinic, Psychologist, facilitates the natural learning of social skills by engaging your child in a creative modality that they love!
Six, 1 – hour sessions, on Thursdays, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Beginning July 14th at The Center.
COST: $150.00 per child for six sessions
WHY DOES IT WORK: LEGO® based therapy focuses on key social experiences such as collaboration, division of labor, joint attention, sharing, turn taking, eye contact, verbal and non-verbal communication, and social problem solving.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? All children are welcome, ages 10-13. Children with social communication challenges, are socially shy/anxious, have trouble understanding verbal and nonverbal communication, and trouble with joint attention. If you love Legos and want to develop your leadership skills in working collaboratively with others, this group is for you. Bring your creativity.
On the first night of the Lego group, a parent session will also be offered. During this time, parents will be given an overview of the group, as well as strategies to encourage appropriate social skills in their children. This session is designed to highlight ways in which the parents can act as “coaches” for their children at home, thereby increasing the effectiveness of the group overall.
To sign up your child, please call our office at 215-491-1119! Space is limited!
The Anxious Child: How to Identify and Help
By Lorna Jansen, Psy.D
Anxiety is among the most prevalent mental health concerns for children. Between 15 and 20% of children and adolescents will meet criteria for anxiety disorders before the age of 18. Anxiety affects children in many ways, including:
Various anxiety disorders manifest differently in children. For example, a kid with separation anxiety disorder often looks sad, she may have difficulty concentrating and a variety of fears. This child may feel homesick, may exhibit school refusal behavior, and can become aggressive when forced to separate. A child with generalized anxiety disorder is usually concerned with academics, health problems, disasters, and harm to others. For those with social anxiety disorder, their top two fears are giving formal presentations and being in unstructured social situations (which could include talking to authority figures). These children also dislike: reading aloud, performing on a stage, athletic events, attending parties, talking with strangers, ordering food in a restaurant, and answering a question in class. Obsessive-compulsive disorder includes obsessions which are repeated and persistent thoughts that cause distress and/or compulsions, which are repetitive behaviors that the child feels he must perform. A child with specific phobia has a fear of a specific object or situation, which he may express by crying, tantrums, freezing or clinging. Kids with a panic disorder experience panic attacks and may describe feeling sick, but may not know how or why.
The following is a list of strategies for parents and teachers who are helping anxious children:
If you need additional help, please contact The Center for Neuropsychology and Counseling or another mental health professional for assistance from a child psychology expert. The Coping Cat is a program designed to help treat anxious children aged 7 to 13, and it can be implemented in schools or with a therapist. Worry Wise Kids is a helpful website for parents and teachers alike.
To work with one of our child psychology Bucks County professionals, please request an appointment.
We’re doing a number of talks at the Bucks County IU over the next several weeks! Below are the topics for April. All talks are from 7pm-8:30pm. If you would like to register, please call our office at 215-491-1119. If you need ACT 48 Credits, also register through the Bucks County IU by calling 215-348-2940 x1341
April 7th – The Anxious Child: How to Identify and Help – Lorna Jansen, PsyD
This workshop will include an overview of different anxiety disorders and how they can present in the classroom and at home. A brief guide to distinguishing between anxiety and other difficulties (ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder) will also be presented. Emphasis will be placed on offering tools and strategies for professionals and parents who work and live with children who are anxious. Coping strategies for children will be highlighted.
We can all agree that there are few things as satisfying as a good night of sleep. It is essential to our well-being. During sleep we heal, we learn and regain our energy. It helps us pay attention, think faster and it improves our mood. A lack of it and we become grumpy, fatigued and have difficulty concentrating. When you don’t get enough sleep, you are more likely to get injured, sick or have an accident. Drowsiness and falling asleep while driving accounts for more than 100,000 car crashes each year. According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, people who sleep six to seven hours a night are twice as likely to be involved in such a crash as those sleeping 8 hours or more, while people sleeping less than 5 hours increased their risk four to five times.