Trust Trust Baby

Let’s talk about trust, baby! Building and maintaining trust. We all want it. We often even use it as a catch all phrase for what we want in relationships or what we like about a relationship we’re in- both platonic and romantic.  So how do we build that trust? And if I may pose a […]
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Addressing behaviors is not the same thing as treating trauma

It happened again, the meltdown over homework. But I don’t just mean tears and whining, I mean a fit to end all fits. The screams pierce your ears, things are being thrown, the book is being torn. The snack you offered is now all over your shirt. It’s one thing when a three-year-old has a […]
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Measuring Change – Conquering Mountains (pt. 2 of 2)

We left off climbing that mountain of change. There we were introduced to three specific scales  FREQUENCY – INTENSITY – DURATION.  So what exactly does measuring each of these scales look like, you ask? Great Question!  FREQUENCY. How often is the behavior occurring.  Progress here can be measured if the behavior is occurring less often […]
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Measuring Change – Conquering Mountains (pt. 1 of 2)

Measuring change in behavior.  It seems so ominous. So objective.  And I am here to tell you NO! It’s not! It can be so much easier than you ever imagined.    With the new year here – we are ready to make changes and have probably already created our new resolutions and have prompted our […]
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{I love to Laugh Ha Ha Ha Ha}

♫Loud and long and clear!♫ Does anyone remember that song? From Mary Poppins {If not, here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOMqqI-kzHY }.   I used to LOVE it growing up.  And when it pops into my brain, it still makes me smile.  And, just as much as I loved that song, I also love to laugh. Imagine […]
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Being Grateful in the Chaos

Oh my GOURDness, can you believe we made it? Made it to the holiday season? Well, beLEAF it or not, we’re here.  And, not to be too cheesy, but boy am I GRATEful. With all the puns aside, as we enter the Thanksgiving holiday, it seems appropriate to talk about gratefulness.  The holiday season often […]
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Helping Kids with Behaviors: Part 4

Co-regulation The say the eyes are the window to the soul, but I’d have to say they’re the mirror. Ever heard of mirror neurons? They’re interesting little guys. I’ve heard there are a few versions of the story of how they discovered these neurons, but basically, they were studying monkeys and their brain activity. During […]
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Helping Kids with Behaviors: Part 3

Re-dos Did your mother have a phrase she used when you were a kid that has become engrained in you? The phrase that comes to my mind literally makes my skin crawl. “I don’t know who you think you’re talking to…”. I just shivered. While maybe I wouldn’t go with the same phrasing, I do […]
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The Intention of Actively Listening

Communicating – I want to hear what you have to say.  Communicating – you are worth it. Creating connection.  Actively Listening. Making listening an intentional act.  It’s hard. We have so many distractions.  We have computers, tablets, ipods, ipads, phones, and tvs. All ways for us to disconnect from the moments in our lives that […]
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Helping Kids with Behaviors: Part 1

Playful REDIRECTIONs One of the biggest reasons kids end up in counseling is because of fits. The knock-down, blow-out fit that takes parents, teachers, and caregivers by surprise. Because one minute they’re fine and the next, well…they’re not. They’ve flipped the switch. Nothing’s getting through and everyone is hanging on for dear life. Fits derail […]
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