Practical Parenting Strategies with Dr. Heller


Dr. Carey Heller is a licensed psychologist and founding partner with The Heller Psychology Group LLC, which is a small private practice located in Bethesda, Maryland near Montgomery Mall. He specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families. Dr. Heller conducts play, individual, and family psychotherapy for a variety of issues including ADHD, Autism, anger management, and family conflict. He also provides evaluations to assess for learning disabilities, ADHD, mood, and behavioral disorders. Additionally, Dr. Heller offers parent training, assistance with the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process, serves as a parent coach/child specialist in collaborative divorce cases, runs groups on ADHD, bullying, anger management, and provides a variety of other services as well. Raising children is rarely easy, so Dr. Heller’s blog is devoted to providing parenting strategies and information about available resources to help parents and their children.

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Benefits of Using the Summer to Improve Academic Functioning

Dr. Carey Heller: Clinical Psychologist specializing in ADHD/Executive Functioning in Bethesda, MD

“My child didn’t have a great school year. I guess there’s nothing I can do now about it, but hopefully in the fall, with tutoring, executive functioning coaching, or whatever supports are needed, he will do better. Or, maybe I will see if next year is better and seek help then if needed.” These thoughts […]

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Incorporating Relaxation Tools into Daily Life that Work for You

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Many children, teens, and even adults hear terms like “mindfulness” and “deep breathing” offered as solutions to calm down in the moment and feel more relaxed in general. Many schools incorporate mindfulness activities into their routine. At the same time, unless someone receives a formal lesson on what to do, children, teens, and adults may […]

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Navigating Sibling Conflicts During the Teen Years

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Sibling rivalry or conflict is not anything new. When kids are young, it is very common for them to have conflicts with their siblings. At that age, it is often about insignificant things (i.e., he touched me, he looked at me funny). As children transition into the adolescent years, this type of sibling conflict often […]

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

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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 is ADHD Awareness Month

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

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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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Helping Your Teen Develop their Optimal Work Life Balance in Adulthood

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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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Making the Most of Your Child's Sick Day

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

Dr. Carey Heller; Clinical Psychologist Bethesda Maryland

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

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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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