January 27, 2016 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

New Semester Check Up

With the new semester underway for most teens in the area, it is a good opportunity for teens and their parents to examine how the previous semester went. In most instances, simply trying harder to do better in of itself does not work well if there were issues previously, unless specific concrete tools and strategies […]

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November 13, 2015 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Focus on the Process Not Just Specific Time Management Skills (PHOTO)

When people try to help themselves or their children/teens improve their attention/executive functioning abilities, all too often, people become so focused on the simple practical tools (i.e., checklist, specific app), that they don’t look at the bigger picture or the process involved. By process, I am referring to the mental conceptualization of processing information/events as […]

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August 9, 2015 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Back-to-School 2015 Tips

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost already mid August and that the new school year is fast approaching. Having a game plan in place for time management, organizational, and study skills is important before the school year begins. In addition, being proactive to prevent issues that occurred last school from reoccurring is important. Here […]

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May 28, 2015 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Self-Care For the Busy Parent

Self-care is important for all people. However, many parents become so focused on their children’s needs that they neglect to take adequate care of themselves. Trying to find time is probably the biggest reason why, while financial, guilt about not spending enough time with children, or other reasons sometimes also contribute to limited self-care. Here […]

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April 25, 2015 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Improving Study Skills for Finals

With end of year finals just a few weeks away for many students, I thought sharing some information and thoughts on improving study skills might be helpful. In some schools, study skills are heavily focused on, whereas in others, children and teens are expected to develop their own skills in this domain with minimal assistance. […]

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March 13, 2015 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Why Should I Seek Therapy for Treatment of My Child’s/Teen’s ADHD Symptoms?

ADHD is one of the most commonly diagnosed issues in children and teens. Most people think about ADHD symptoms as mainly trouble focusing and sitting still. Images of children “bouncing off the walls” often come to mind. While these are prominent symptoms of the disorder, the impact of ADHD symptoms on a child/teen goes well […]

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January 20, 2015 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Understanding Psychological / Psychoeducational Testing

When many parents first hear the terms psychological/psychoeducational testing, they often have little idea what this type of evaluation is and how it can help their child/teen. Other parents get nervous about the idea of their child/teen having any sort of evaluation with the term “psychological” in it. Furthermore, some parents simply understand this type […]

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December 3, 2014 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Time Management, Organizational Skills, and Executive Functioning

Having good time management and organizational skills are vital to success in school and later on in a career. They also are essential skills needed for success in handling adult responsibilities such as paying bills, getting places on time, and juggling demands and responsibilities related to caring for other family members in adulthood. While to […]

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November 27, 2014 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Thanksgiving Tips for Parents

Thanksgiving is about a week away. It is often a time to gather with family and friends and enjoy time together as well as hopefully good food.  However, children and teens, sometimes misbehave or act in ways that take away from the enjoyment of the holiday. Here are a few tips to incorporate child and […]

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November 12, 2014 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

First Quarter Checkup

For most students on a quarter system, the first quarter has concluded. In addition, most of you have likely already had parent-teacher conferences or will be having them within the next few weeks. Thus, you have a general idea how your child or teen is doing so far this year. That being said, the big […]

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