How to Help Your Child Thrive

120x-scribble-familiesChild & Adolescent Services - Tools for Families provides assistance to children and their families so they can meet both everyday and unique challenges, navigate through transitions and thrive in their emotional, social and academic development. We aim to help children develop the resiliency skills critical in today’s ever-changing environment through counseling, education, advocacy and community involvement designed to nurture the psychosocial needs of children, adolescents and their families.

How to Help Your Child Through Transitions

  1. Life is full of transitions—a grandparent or pet dying, a new school, a big move.
    You need to be prepared to discuss these issues with your kids.

  2. Contact Tools for Families for support.
    Our therapists have a great deal of experience helping children and parents through transitions.

How to Know if Your Child is Being Bullied

  1. Pay attention to changes.
    Does your child continuously ask to stay home from school and/or avoid social activities previously enjoyed? Have grades or the quality of work declined? Does he or she have nightmares or trouble sleeping? These are just some signs of possible bullying. Others include frequent physical complaints (headaches, stomach-aches), missing belongings (jackets, electronics, jewelry, money) and a change in eating habits (coming home from school extremely hungry, as if he or she didn’t get to eat lunch).

  2. Contact Tools for Families.
    Our child psychologists are experienced in bullying issues and can help you and your child map out strategies and solutions.

How to Help if Your Child is Struggling with Body Image

  1. Know the signs.
    If your son or daughter is eating very little or excessively dieting, overly exercising, rejecting clothing he or she had liked to wear previously, wearing oversized or baggy clothing or avoiding activities like swimming and sports because of the necessary attire, a poor body image could be the problem and an eating disorder could be to blame.

  2. Get help.
    Tools for Families works with children to address the underlying reasons for their poor self image and help them learn to like themselves.

How to Help Your Child Move from Learning Challenges to Learning Success

  1. Understand what your child needs to achieve success.
    All students are capable, but many need additional support to become confident, capable learners.

  2. Contact Tools for Families for a pyschoeducational evaluation as a good start to understanding weaknesses.
  3. Work with the team to figure out the next steps, whether that’s tutoring, accommodations or additional therapies such as speech and language, occupational or counseling.

How to Tell Your Kids the Marriage is Over But the Family is Not

  1. Stay consistent.
    Every situation is different, but one thing is critical: both parents must deliver the same message.

  2. Speak with a professional about the best age-appropriate way to have this conversation.
    Tools for Families offers divorce support services to help children and their families get through this difficult time.

How to Know if Your Child is on the Right Track

  1. Look for red flags.
    Does your child seem to be doing fine in school yet your gut instinct tells you learning is harder than it should be? Or does he or she seem much more capable than the work being produced? Difficulties in acquiring new learning can be typical, but they also can signal a learning disability or autism.

  2. Get your child a pyschoeducational evaluation by Tools for Families’ top-notch child psychologists to help determine if there might be an issue that needs further support.

  3. If you suspect your child might have autism, ask about our Autism Spectrum Testing Services program.