Practical Parenting Strategies

October 29, 2021 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: Organization Tips for Children and Teens (ADHD or Not)

With October being Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Awareness Month, it seems like a good time to think about how to help children and teens be better organized and more independent. While this is something that many individuals with ADHD struggle with, these strategies are likely to be helpful to most children and teens whether or not […]

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September 30, 2021 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: October is ADHD Awareness Month

ADHD Goes Beyond a Child Who is Bounding Off the Walls Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is probably one of the most common disorders that parents and adults in general are aware of, even if they have no background in the medical or mental health fields. At the same time, there are a lot of myths out […]

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September 20, 2021 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: Adjusting New School Year Routines

With most kids at least a few weeks into the new school year, now is a good time to evaluate the morning, afterschool, homework, and evening routines. Perhaps you set up wonderful routines at the start of the school year, but you and/or your child or teen have had difficulty sustaining them. Alternatively, maybe you […]

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August 20, 2021 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Dr. Carey Heller

Blog: Back-to-School 2021 Preparation Strategies

It’s hard to believe that school starts in about a week for many students in the Washington, D.C. area and across the country. There may be many things different about this school year than past ones, especially how students’ experiences from the past school year and pandemic in general impact their mindset, motivation, emotional health, […]

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June 2, 2021 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Dr. Carey Heller

Blog: Get Moving: Simple Ways to Increase Movement and Physical Activity During the Day

Most people would agree that as long as one is healthy enough to do so, getting movement in throughout the day, as well as rigorous physical activity, has many health benefits physically and emotionally. Despite all of the benefits, for a variety of reasons, including time, ease of access, motivation, and task initiation to name […]

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March 5, 2021 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Dr. Carey Heller

Blog: Not All Child and Teen Pandemic Related Mental Health Issues Look Alike

For many parents, besides their own worries in general and those related to how the pandemic is impacting them, often there is a concern for how it impacts their children and teens. Some issues are frequently somewhat easier to identify such as a child or teen who refuses to participate in distance learning school, won’t […]

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December 21, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: How to Enjoy the Holiday Season During the Covid-19 Pandemic

With the holiday season in full swing during the continued Covid-19 pandemic, it can be a challenging time for both children and adults. Here are some tips for making the most of this holiday season, along with a video explaining things in more detail from a talking dog who illustrates these strategies based on her […]

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November 25, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: Tips for Thanksgiving During a Pandemic

SJ’s Strategies for Thanksgiving During a Pandemic Thanksgiving this year is likely to look a lot different for many people. Here are a few tips for making the most of it: Keep up traditions as much as possible and translate ones into virtual versions as feasible. This may help create some feelings of normalcy. Add […]

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October 6, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: It’s Never to Early to Help Your Child Be More Independent With Keeping Track of Their Own Homework Assignments

With so many kids participating in distance learning, the question of at what age do you start giving your child some autonomy in keeping track of their assignments may be even more relevant. In this case, parents may also have even greater independent knowledge of what assignments their child should be working on from observing […]

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September 25, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: How to Evaluate if Your Child or Teen is Struggling with School or Virtual Learning

For those of you who have had your child or teen at home during distance learning, you may have had the opportunity to observe them in school in a way that you never would have gotten to do so otherwise. At the same time, this new insight may make you wonder if your child or […]

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