The Benefits and Basics of Preschool

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The child’s lip trembles as she realizes that her mother is not coming with her. All of a sudden, the weeks of anticipation of starting kindergarten has become one of fear. One of the major moments in a child’s life is starting kindergarten. Kindergarten represents a major step towards a child’s independence. The experience is generally a positive one though some children struggle more than…

Going Trick or Treating with Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“I am going to get so much candy this year. We need to make sure to go to our neighbor’s house first as they always give away a lot of candy,” said the eight year old boy. His four year old sister responded, “Do they really give all that candy? I am scared of that house. They have all those witches and gravestones around it.”…

Building a Child by Giving Good Structure

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin came up with this proverb and most people focus on the final portion regarding death and taxes. What is often missed is the beginning of the proverb which is quite important, particularly when working with children. Uncertainty in the world is guaranteed and has to be dealt with as…

Challenges in the Transition to Middle School

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother was concerned about her daughter. She had become anxious and was having trouble falling asleep for the past week. In addition, her daughter had been experiencing nightmares. All of the difficulties seemed to be due to her daughter starting 6th grade and beginning middle school. Anxiety about entering middle school is common as children ready themselves for a major transition in their educational experience.…

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