ADHD

September 30, 2021 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: October is ADHD Awareness Month

ADHD Goes Beyond a Child Who is Bounding Off the Walls Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is probably one of the most common disorders that parents and adults in general are aware of, even if they have no background in the medical or mental health fields. At the same time, there are a lot of myths out […]

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August 20, 2021 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Dr. Carey Heller

Blog: Back-to-School 2021 Preparation Strategies

It’s hard to believe that school starts in about a week for many students in the Washington, D.C. area and across the country. There may be many things different about this school year than past ones, especially how students’ experiences from the past school year and pandemic in general impact their mindset, motivation, emotional health, […]

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June 2, 2021 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Dr. Carey Heller

Blog: Get Moving: Simple Ways to Increase Movement and Physical Activity During the Day

Most people would agree that as long as one is healthy enough to do so, getting movement in throughout the day, as well as rigorous physical activity, has many health benefits physically and emotionally. Despite all of the benefits, for a variety of reasons, including time, ease of access, motivation, and task initiation to name […]

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March 5, 2021 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Dr. Carey Heller

Blog: Not All Child and Teen Pandemic Related Mental Health Issues Look Alike

For many parents, besides their own worries in general and those related to how the pandemic is impacting them, often there is a concern for how it impacts their children and teens. Some issues are frequently somewhat easier to identify such as a child or teen who refuses to participate in distance learning school, won’t […]

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October 6, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: It’s Never to Early to Help Your Child Be More Independent With Keeping Track of Their Own Homework Assignments

With so many kids participating in distance learning, the question of at what age do you start giving your child some autonomy in keeping track of their assignments may be even more relevant. In this case, parents may also have even greater independent knowledge of what assignments their child should be working on from observing […]

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September 25, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: How to Evaluate if Your Child or Teen is Struggling with School or Virtual Learning

For those of you who have had your child or teen at home during distance learning, you may have had the opportunity to observe them in school in a way that you never would have gotten to do so otherwise. At the same time, this new insight may make you wonder if your child or […]

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September 15, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: Setting up a Distance Learning Space and Modifying it as Needed

With the school year underway by now for virtually all students in the area, many parents have setup some sort of workspace for their child or teen. Whether you setup a very elaborate area or a simple desk or chair, here are a few recommendations on things to look for to decide if the setup […]

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August 24, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: Weaving Executive Function Practice into Daily Life

Given that executive function skills (i.e., time management, organization, task initiation) are vital to successful functioning on a daily basis for children, adolescents, and adults, technically most people should by default be practicing using such skills on a regular basis. Nonetheless, for many children and teens, especially those who naturally struggle with these skills, they […]

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July 29, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: With So Many Uncertainties, What Could You Be Doing Now to Prepare for School?

As the next school year draws near, so do the anxiety and uncertainties of what the school year will look like as well as how parents will navigate it. The uncertainties, likelihood of schedule changes during the school year (i.e., remote to hybrid model), and balancing childcare/remote learning assistance with a job, all factor into […]

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June 29, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: Helping Children and Teens Use Commonly Available Tools to Be More Self-Sufficient

With the continued pandemic, most parents find themselves with their children and teens at home more than usual. In many instances, with balancing remote work and childcare responsibilities, it may be even more important than ever for children and teens to be more self-sufficient. Since you are probably busy and don’t have time to read […]

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