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A Review of Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum for School-Age Students

By Shelley Petry, B.A. Originally published by Eckert Centre in 2009; revised in 2015 Social skills (such as communication, interaction, play skills, perspective taking, expression of needs), inclusion, relationship, and friendship skills, are the foundational elements of coexistence, the basic requirements to experiencing success in a group environment. So what if your child is struggling with one or a combination of these skills?  There are a growing number of resources directed at teaching the abstract thought that guides our social worlds, so how does one choose a curriculum that will truly support social...
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Understanding Grief

Susan Rochow, M.Sc., Registered Psychologist   Grief.  What a heavy word.  It is something we all have to deal with at some point in our lives, and it seems that the older we get, the more we are surrounded by loss.  It is not uncommon for clients to come to see me because of grief and loss, and it is always a privilege to walk alongside them in their suffering.  But sometimes the client’s goal is to stop the grief – to alleviate the pain, to turn off the anger, and to...
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Does my Child Need an Assessment?

By Michelle Kerslake, M.Ed. At this time of year, many parents are concerned about their child’s success at school.  Maybe their report card marks are not meeting grade level expectations or the teacher has commented that they are having more challenges than the other children in their class.  Your child’s teacher may have even recommended an assessment for your child.  Regardless, you feel like your child is not performing to their potential at school.  So, how do parents decide if their child needs an assessment? Let’s begin with understanding what a learning...
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AD/HD – When Medication Isn’t the Answer or Isn’t Enough

By Karen Sribney, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist Originally published by Eckert Centre in 2009; minor revisions made in 2015 You or your child has been diagnosed with AD/HD.  You are now faced with the many options available to deal with the challenges that come with this diagnosis.  Some people choose to meet with their physician and try medication, a course of treatment that has been researched for over 60 years.  Along with behavioral strategies, this form of treatment is very effective.  In fact, research suggests that these two forms of treatment together produce...
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