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This has been a hard month for many people in other parts of the country. This weekend’s shooting incident in Las Vegas may strike closer to home for many, as people check in with friends and family to see who was at the concert and how they fared. In my practice, I am hearing that… Read more

If you know a young adult or teen who is having difficulties, please call Jeff Kropp, LMFT # 40226, at Families Counseling, 805-583-3976, x 777. Individual, group, family and parent counseling is available… Read more

If your student is having a hard time fitting into the school system, and feels like a “fish out of water”, take 6 minutes to listen to this great spoken word poem.  One of my clients played it for me the other day, and it really made an impression.  I often work with teens who… Read more

Recently I read a post that listed several great apps for phones to keep us all safe.  I had never heard of most of them, so it was pretty interesting to learn that my very own phone has a built-in feature that will text my “SOS list” simply by pressing the power button 3 times… Read more

School is about to begin.  Before your teen gets too busy, here’s a last minute idea:  Help them learn about personal finance.  I ran across a great article from the Wall Street Journal that will point you in the right direction.  Here’s the link:  Financial Reading Your Teen Won’t Tune Out… Read more

Recently Time Magazine, in its April 11 issue, published a thought-provoking article on the effects viewing pornography can have on sexual performance and desire in young men.  It may not come as a surprise that viewing pornography online can quickly turn into an addiction, and that it an create a very unrealistic and distorted view… Read more

It’s the first day of school in our district, and I’d like to share some thoughts about how to help your children be successful in school.  As a therapist, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from my clients about what works and sometimes what doesn’t.  As a parent of two adult sons, I got to… Read more

A couple of weeks ago our local paper the Simi Valley Acorn ran a great article on the symptoms of concussion.  As school starts up, it is so important to recognize these, especially if your child takes part in contact sports like football and soccer… Read more

Auditory processing disorder has many symptoms. Here are common warning signs you might see in your preschool, grade school, middle school or high school child.  When you click on the link below, you’ll see links to different articles describing symptoms by age group. Source: Symptoms of Auditory Processing Disorder | Warning Signs by Age –… Read more

This article made me glad my kids are grown and on their own, past those difficult teenage years.  If yours aren’t yet, you will definitely want to read this… Read more

Here’s some exciting news for parents looking to monitor their child’s text message activity. Child safety website TeenSafe has launched a new version of their app, which not only lets you view your child’s social network activity, but also lets you read the text messages they send and receive on their Android or iPhone. Better still, you can… Read more

Below you’ll find a link to a great article that summarizes Dr. Dan Siegel’s new book on understanding teen behavior, entitled “Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain”.    He always writes great books that explain how our brains influence our development and behavior, and this one is no exception. The article, entitled… Read more

by Shiro Perera Torquato, Ph.D. These days it seems like every time we turn around we hear about someone else’s child or nephew or granddaughter who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s or High Functioning Autism. In fact, in May of 2013 the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical… Read more

“Business-savvy teens are as likely to write an app as open a lemonade stand.  Let’s mint more of them”, write Baratune Thurston in a great column on how creative teens can be. You’ll recognize some of the apps and companies mentioned.  This article ran in Fast Company last summer (which just shows you how deep… Read more

Here is some great info for parents of graduating seniors headed off to college.  Many thanks to Gail Grand of TheCollegeAdvisor.net , located in Westlake Village, CA.  She has some great information on her website, so please check it out! There are a few legal and financial issues that should be addressed before your son… Read more

Summer is here and with it the opportunity to take advantage of longer days free of homework. Why not use this summer to build memories of fun times together as a family? Here are 21 ideas to spark your imagination and create some fun in your home. Take the train to the zoo or beach… Read more

Here is a great video that, ironically, should be shared with everyone you know. http://blog.petflow.com/this-is-a-video-everyone-needs-to-see-for-the-first-time-in-my-life-im-speechless/… Read more

This teen gives me hope for the future.  Read her story here, and be inspired.  Talk about making lemonade out of lemons.  I sincerely hope she wins Prom Queen, too… Read more

I was just listening to one of my favorite talk show hosts, Dennis Prager, and he had a caller remind him that many years ago he had said that we should all remember that when we are dealing with our children, we are raising future adults.  The caller said that she and her husband had… Read more

When kids learn the Golden Rule (love your neighbor as you love yourself) and that it truly is better to give than to receive, this is what happens. Beautiful!  … Read more

How were your teen’s grades on the first quarter report card?  If they weren’t what you (or they) were expecting, I’ve compiled some websites with ideas that can help.  Some are written by professionals, and others have lists of idea by other parents.  Everyone is on roughly the same track — help your teen figure… Read more

College to Host Suicide Prevention Awareness Event May 7 and 8 The College of the Canyons Health & Wellness Center will host a Suicide Prevention Awareness Event designed to provide students and community members with access to important mental health resources, while bringing attention to the staggering amount of college students who commit suicide each… Read more

Don’t miss the Job and Career Expo on Saturday, May 4, 10 am – 1 pm, at the Boys and Girls Club of Simi Valley.  It’s geared toward youth ages 15-22.  Come “dressed for success” ready to apply and interview.  (Short skirts, shorts, jeans, t-shirts, and tennis shoes are not appropriate for this event.) For… Read more

I saw this in several places, and thought it important enough to post a link from Yahoo. If you have teenage children, or know any, please read this and pass it on!  Apparently there is a new synthetic hallucinogenic out there call 2C-1 or “Smiles”.  From user accounts it sounds very frightening, and there are also… Read more

It seems that I hear from more and more teens who have great difficulty falling asleep until 1, 2 or 3 am in the morning, which of course then disrupts their school attendance and performance.  I ask them all the obvious questions.  How’s your diet, especially regarding sugar and caffeine?  Do you get some regular… Read more