Articles by Carey Heller, Psy.D.

January 9, 2019 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Give Your Child/Teen Ownership in Their Life to Promote Independence

The majority of parents have the ultimate goal (whether they consciously think about it or not) of raising children who will ultimately be independent and successful on their own as adults. At the same time, parents often find themselves with the dilemma of how much to help their children/teens with things so that they get […]

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October 16, 2018 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

October is ADHD Awareness Month

Do You Know How ADHD Truly Impacts People and What Treatments Are Available? Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM-5) that is characterized by deficits in attention (i.e., trouble staying focused, being forgetful, making careless mistakes). In addition, many individuals experience trouble with hyperactivity […]

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July 20, 2018 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Integrating Systems into Daily Life that Promote Good Executive Function Skills in Children and Teens

Executive functioning is a term that has become used in popular culture within the past few years with increasing frequency. This term refers to a set of mental processes that are used in planning, organizing, getting started, following through, and completing tasks. Attention and working memory skills are also connected to this. Another way to […]

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February 11, 2018 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Helping Your Teen Develop their Optimal Work Life Balance in Adulthood

Parents probably vary to some degree in their views on what an optimal work/life balance is. For some, it means being home for dinner every night and not working on the weekends. For others, it involves a strong work ethic, many long hours, and enjoying one’s job. Many teens participate in after school activities and […]

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November 19, 2017 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Making the Most of Your Child’s Sick Day

With fall in full swing now, the rates of children getting sick and having to miss school are increasing. While most people do not like getting sick, and parents especially tend to dislike days where their children are too sick to attend school, here are some suggestions to make the most of a sick day […]

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October 4, 2017 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Having Trouble with Time Management and Organizational Skills? Have You Considered the Role of Emotions in Treating Executive Function Weaknesses/ADHD?

Executive functioning skills are essentially a set of mental processes that underlie much of what we do on a daily basis. They are involved in behavioral regulation (i.e., stopping us from acting on inappropriate impulses), emotion regulation (i.e., the expression of emotions), and cognitive regulation (i.e., planning, organizing, getting going on tasks). Many of these […]

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August 14, 2017 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Back to School Time Management/Organizational Supply Suggestions for College Students

With back to school shopping well underway, parents and students often wonder what supplies/tools would be helpful for college students to have to keep organized, especially for those with ADHD/executive functioning, learning disabilities, or other issues that impede academic and overall functioning. While each person’s needs may be slightly different, and obviously the available space […]

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July 5, 2017 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Helping Children and Teens to Relax While Still Maintaining/Improving Executive Functioning and Academic Skills

The summer is often viewed as a time for children and teens to relax and get a break from schoolwork, responsibility, and daily task demands. On the other hand, it is also sometimes perceived as a time to get ahead on learning skills for the next year or preparing for the future in other ways […]

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March 2, 2017 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

How to Better Organize Your Thoughts

While individuals with ADHD often struggle with many issues including trouble sustaining focus, hyperactivity, disorganization, and impulsivity, trouble organizing thoughts or ideas is not something that too many people immediately think of as being connected to ADHD. However, individuals with ADHD frequently struggle to organize their thoughts/ideas in many ways. Those without ADHD may also […]

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January 11, 2017 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

New Year Time Management/Organizational Tools

With the new year often comes new years resolutions. Why not make a new years resolution to take better control of your life and be more organized in terms of completing tasks. Doing so will lead to being more efficient, and hopefully freeing up more time to do things that you like, spend time actually […]

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