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In-home services

Have you ever wished a child behaviour expert could visit your home, and help to change your child’s behaviour?  Our behaviour experts will gladly visit your home and help you change your child’s behaviour.  We can provide short or long term support, and even target specific challenges such as homework time, bedtime, or mornings.  In…
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Motivating your child with ADHD

Meghan is the director of Family Kinnections, an organization providing counselling and support to children and their families.  Meghan holds an M.A. in Counselling Psychology, and specializes in treating children who exhibit behavioural challenges, learning difficulties, and mental health concerns. “My child always takes the easy route”, “My child is fine with ‘good enough’”, “My…
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Calm Kids Relaxation Strategies

CALM KIDS: TEACHING CHILDREN TO RELAX & BE CALM By Elizabeth Tirovolas for Family Kinnections  Recently I spoke with a mother about how her son had been managing stress lately. “Well”, she said, “having to make time to do relaxation exercises at home is stressing us out!” Many families feel the pressures of today’s hurried,…
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Managing Temper Tantrums

[EDIT – We are working on some new blog posts about emotional regulation and additional strategies for managing tantrums.  These will include an exploration of “Time In” as well as “Collaborative Problem Solving” – Stay tuned for updated information! There are two kinds of temper tantrums:   Manipulative: This temper tantrum generally happens when children…
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Improving Structure to Improve Behaviour

Improve your child’s behaviour by improving structure in your home.  Structure and consistency are the foundation of positive parenting.  Structure provides your child with clear expectations and parameters in which to function.  When a child clearly knows what is expected of them, they are more likely to experience success.  Some children require more structure than others. …
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Have a Crisis Plan

Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, rage, cutting and suicidal urges and actions can all be the devastating effects of overwhelming emotions. If you are an individual who struggles with managing intense emotions, you might benefit from preparing a crisis plan for yourself. A crisis plan prepares you for effectively managing and overcoming the events that trigger…
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ADHD Treatment – therapy or medication?

I am often asked about ADHD treatment approaches.  I am also often asked for a perspective on medication in the treatment of ADHD. While I am not a physician and do not have the experience or credentials to provide advise about medication, I am a therapist experienced in the treatment of ADHD through therapy.  I also…
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Child counselling Waterloo

Counselling Waterloo! We are so happy to announce the openning of our new Waterloo office, providing services to the tri-city – Kitchener, Guelph and Waterloo areas.  We are located in the Natural Way Health Clinic, and are so excited to be able to provide our clients with a range of holistic options at this new…
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3 Tips to Minimize Behaviour Meltdowns!

Parenting a child who displays intense, dysregulated emotions can be challenging and exhausting.  The smallest inconsistency, conflict, or problem can result in a meltdown at world war III proportions –  true behaviour meltdowns!  Addressing these difficulties in children requires a multi-faceted approach, but these three tips will get you started!  Be preventative:  Take a moment…
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