Loving Your Child Through It: How to Support Your Child Through Behavioral Issues

Nov 26, 2021

When children and families go through difficult times, the best thing a parent can do is continue to support and love the child through the changes. Change can mean anything. Change can occur due to an illness, happiness, trauma, unresolved issues, or other health concerns. When change is happy, loving your child through it is…

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How to Identify Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Teens

Nov 23, 2021

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that can be difficult to identify, especially in children. OCD can have negative effects on a child’s ability to handle various day-to-day tasks and everyday stressors. According to the Archives of Disease in Childhood, “OCD in childhood and adolescence is an impairing condition, associated with a specific…

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How Children Process Adoption Throughout Their Development

Nov 19, 2021

Children, though malleable and resilient, need to process changes in their life. Even good changes take time to process, and there can be grief mixed in with joy. This response to change is most true in cases of adoption. Adoption is a big deal, and it is a joyous celebration for both parent and child…

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Dr. Ken Huey Presenting at SUU’s Family Matters Annual Conference

Nov 18, 2021

SUU Family Matters Conference Dr. Ken Huey was recently asked to come present at Southern Utah University’s Family Matters Conference. “Each year, the Department of Family Life and Human Development hosts a Family Matters Conference, designed to give valuable insight into the problems families face today, and improve family life and individual mindfulness. It is…

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How The Brain Learns: Teen Edition

Nov 16, 2021

The teen brain is still growing, still developing, and always learning. According to Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, the brain continues to mature until about 25 years of age. Therefore, teens have a lot of growing, learning, observing, and testing before their brains reach maturity. During the teen years, the brain must receive lots of help…

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Identifying What Your Teen’s Behaviors Mean

Nov 12, 2021

Behaviors, no matter how small or large, are a form of communication. Behavior is the first way babies learn to communicate their needs, like crying for a diaper change or nuzzling to be fed. It is the baby’s way of understanding what’s going on around them. As babies grow, they take those behaviors with them…

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Reactive Attachment Disorder in Teens

Nov 9, 2021

Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) can be a hidden issue for many who suffer from it. It’s a disorder that stems from childhood but can affect older children and adults as they make decisions and develop their own relationships. For years, many people don’t realize that they or a loved one have Reactive Attachment Disorder and…

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Teens–How It Works

Nov 5, 2021

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a therapy designed for teens and adults who struggle with a myriad of mental health and trauma-related issues. Some of the practices within DBT may also work well for children. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a great therapeutic approach for those who need help regulating emotions, developing good coping strategies, and…

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What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Oct 22, 2021

Developed in the 1980s by Marsha Linehan, a psychology researcher out of the University of Washington, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) was initially invented to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD). Marsha Linehan herself claimed a diagnosis of BPD. However, since its inception, DBT has shown to be effective for various mental health conditions. The original DBT…

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