Children’s Mental Health and Trauma and Resilience

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How to Nurture Your Child As An Introvert or Extrovert

The words “introvert” and “extrovert” are used frequently and often misunderstood to imply that someone is shy or outgoing. The true essence behind introverted versus extroverted children refers to their personality preference – specifically, the way the child spends and recharges their energy. Keep in mind that children are constantly learning to understand themselves and […]

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Fight Mental Health Stigma: A Beginner’s Guide

Misconceptions and misrepresentations of mental health are everywhere… in the media, our workplaces, schools, and homes. The effects of mental health stigmas run deep and can prevent adults and children from living life to the fullest. When we break the stigma, we build healthier environments for future generations to build resilience and heal from trauma.

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How to Spot Depression Symptoms in Children of All Ages

How do I know my child is depressed? What can I do if they are experiencing depression? Spotting depression symptoms in children and teens isn’t always easy, and it can be even harder to address. ChildSavers therapist, Mavis Mintaah, LCSW, CTS, explains signs of depression in kids, how to address depression with your children, and

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Self-Care for Kids by Age: Everything You Need to Know

It is a critical time for children and teenagers to learn the importance of taking care of themselves and their communities. Self-care can help kids of all ages become more introspective and aware of their physical and emotional needs. It can also prepare them to effectively handle future stressors. Even small acts of self-care and

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3 Tips: How To Mentally Prepare Kids for School This Fall

The mindset of summer break can be difficult for children to shift out of, but prepping kids to return to school in the middle of a pandemic is a completely different challenge. In addition to buying school supplies and hand sanitizer, and managing our own worries for our kids’ safety, we must also mentally prepare

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Mindfulness During Quarantine: 5 Questions To Ask Yourself

We need to be mindful of our own mental health during the best of times. During times of social isolation, quarantine, and global pandemic, we need to be intentional about our own resilience. Our wellbeing is not only the way we stay happy and feel safe, but it helps us maintain our immune system and

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The Ultimate List of Coronavirus Resources for Families in Richmond, VA

We know there’s a lot of information swirling around about the coronavirus (COVID-19). It can be scary for adults and children alike. How do we talk with our kids about the coronavirus? How can we help them process what’s going on? How do we keep them occupied in this time of uncertainty? Our team of mental

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De-Escalation Techniques for Kids: Mirror and Match

How do we help a child de-escalate when exhibiting a big behavior? The “Mirror and Match” de-escalation technique for kids involves using your body to show validation for someone and that you’re taking them seriously during their outburst. ChildSavers‘ Bob Nickles, LCSW, RPT walks us through this de-escalation technique for kids to use at home,

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John Richardson-Lauve, LCSW of ChildSavers walks us through the differences between trauma and ADHD

Trauma and ADHD: The Differences and Similarities

One out of four children in the United States will experience some sort of trauma by the age of four. Four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are considered toxic to a child’s emotional, cognitive, and physical wellbeing. Trauma creates changes to our biology, genetics, epigenetics, behavior, and ultimately a myriad of lifetime health outcomes. Looking

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