Helping Children Feel Hopeful

Helping Children Feel Hopeful

2020 has been a challenging year for families. Kids’ circumstances have changed dramatically, for most shifting from predominantly in-person, hands-on living to remote living and the relative isolation that comes with it. The ongoing adversity, uncertainty, and...
Kid’s heart rates in the pandemic

Kid’s heart rates in the pandemic

In mid-March, schools across the country shut down. My seven-year-old son took it well; life went on. We spent some time early in the pandemic hiking, playing soccer, and even skiing a bit in Vermont, where we live. As weeks of isolating ourselves turned into months,...

The Power of Destigmatizing Language

One in five people experience a serious mental illness at some point in their lives. In addition to confronting daily struggles associated with mental illness, many people also experience mental health stigma. Stigma is a product of media messaging, hateful politics,...

My Child Lacks Empathy, What Should I Do?

Empathy is often confused with sympathy. Sympathy, which is the feeling of pity for someone else, is very different from empathy, which is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person. Empathy requires a person to be able to think about the...

The Benefits of Child Directed Play & Learning

Play is a vital piece of child development and learning. Play increases problem-solving skills, self-confidence, and the child’s relationships with others. The benefits of children’s play are undisputed, and the type of play that an adult engages in with a child can...

The Best Quotes on Play Therapy & The Value of Play

Decades of research by professionals in the field of child development have helped us to understand the power of play. Play time is an essential part of a child’s development and childhood growth. It is crucial for developing social skills, building a sense of self,...
Mental Health Matters Too

Mental Health Matters Too

Jason Kahn, PhD Co-founder & Chief Scientific Officer   COVID-19 has left in its wake another health catastrophe, the mental health of millions of kids coping with the uncertainty of their routine coupled with the loss from being cut off from their social...