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The Dangers of Interminable Home Instruction

By Executive Director, John Reilly, LCSW, PsyA and Director of Operations, Chris Leonard, LCSW, M.Ed. Home instruction can be a helpful intervention for students with a chronic, disabling medical condition that requires bedside instruction. However, most of the home instruction cases that come to our attention do not involve a medical condition but instead involve […]

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Taking On A New School Year

The beginning of the school year can make children and teens anxious, whether they are transitioning into a new school or returning to one they are familiar with. For students who already cope with anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues, these fears can be exacerbated. The unknown factors of a new grade with higher-level […]

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Helping Teens Overcome Anxiety

Anxiety can make common everyday experiences a source of fear and apprehension. During a teen’s formative years, trouble with anxiety can severely hobble his or her ability to participate and learn in a school environment. Normal school routines such as speaking in class, forming relationships, participating in extracurricular activities, and changing classes can seem daunting […]

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Therapeutic Schools Aid in Battle against Teen Depression

Depression and other mental health issues among teens are serious problems that can have dire consequences for young men and women struggling through a vital period of growth and development. Teens battling depression are at greater risk of suicide, drug use, and problems with the law. They are also likely to perform poorly in school […]

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No More Aspergers?

by John Reilly, MSW, LCSW       As with any revision to American Psychiatric Association’s (APA)  Diagnostic  Manual (DSM),  the release of the DSM-5 in 2013 is not without controversy. Parents of children diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, are especially concerned because that diagnosis is being eliminated and replaced by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Under the […]