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What are signs your child may be autistic?

By Dan Mucci | April 5, 2022

April is Autism Acceptance Month.  With the number of individuals diagnosed with autism increasing every year, there has been a transition from autism awareness to autism acceptance.  The journey toward acceptance begins with education.  So, what is autism? Autism Spectrum Disorder is a life-long developmental disorder that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It affects how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, meaning that people with autism may share certain difficulties; however, their condition will affect … Continued

What are some individuals gay while others are not?

By Dan Mucci | March 16, 2022

As clinicians, we often hear the acronym LGBTQIA+ in reference to those with a variety of gender identities and sexual orientations. But are you aware of what those letters stand for?  The abbreviation refers to various gender identities and sexual orientations including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Ally. The ‘+’ in the acronym can include various other identities including pansexual, demigirl, demiboy, gender non-binary, gender non-conforming, gender fluid, asexual, and aromantic. As this is a growing field, new identities and terms are emerging, and it becomes … Continued

Unlocking mental stress for students in extracurriculars

By Sir Elliott | February 28, 2022

A freshman in high school begins his first ever varsity football season. He must wake up early in the morning to catch the bus to school. He is taking CCP classes and several other challenging courses. He is a smart student, but he still needs time to study. He has two free study hall periods during the school day. He uses this time to study and complete assignments. However, these two mods are only 40 minutes long. After the final bell lets out, he has to rush down … Continued

Biologically-based Multigenerational Trauma

By Mary Kreitz | February 2, 2022

Previous blog posts in this series have looked at ways that trauma can spread across groups and cultures and ways that trauma can be passed down through generations.  Today we are going to take a look at biologically-based ways that trauma can be transmitted from parent to child.   In Ultero Exposure   When a person goes through a high stress situation there are chemical reactions that happen in the body.  Of particular importance, the stress hormone cortisol is released to mobilize the resources needed to engage the … Continued

Trauma crosses generations through learned behaviors

By Mary Kreitz | January 19, 2022

Multigenerational trauma is trauma that is passed down from one generation to the next.  Often the people affected by multigenerational trauma aren’t even aware of it.  They might describe their lives as difficult, but because it doesn’t fit the typical profile of trauma, they wouldn’t use the word trauma to describe what they’ve experienced. One way that trauma can be transmitted across generations is through learned behaviors. Human beings are amazing for our ability to learn from experience and from the example of others.  For most people parents … Continued

How does one traumatic event affect a family for generations?

By Mary Kreitz | January 5, 2022

Trauma has occurred throughout human history.  Awful things have happened to people that overwhelm the ability to cope and have effects that last for a long time. Most of the time when we talk about trauma the focus is on individuals – how individual persons experience and are affected by traumatic events.  However, recent research has shed light on the ways that trauma’s impact can be much broader than that.  Whole families, communities, and groups of people in society can be affected by the same traumatic event.  The … Continued

A history of self-care

By Mary Kreitz | December 15, 2021

With so many stressful events happening in close succession over the past few years we have all heard reminders to make time for self-care.  Some of these come in a paternalistic tone, like a concerned parent reminding a child to brush her teeth.  Others come across more like a supportive friend who’s been there for you with a pint of ice cream after a breakup.  In modern life most of us take the concept of self-care for granted, as something we all know we should do even when … Continued

Is allowing your child to drink a small amount of alcohol on New Year’s Eve harmless or irresponsible parenting?

By Dr. Karita Nussbaum | December 1, 2021

As thoughts shift toward a fresh start in a new year, there is an energy in the air and hope in our hearts for new beginnings. Out with the old, in with the new! Let’s celebrate! Friends and families gather again to welcome in the New Year in a variety of ways. The question of whether to allow your child a sip of the bubbly might be yours to answer this season. For some, the answer is easy, others wrestle with it. Rather than take a side one … Continued

Suicide in Children

By Mary Kreitz | November 16, 2021

When we talk about suicide usually the discussion is about teens and young adults.  In fact, many people believe that younger children aren’t capable of intentionally ending their own lives because they assume that children don’t really understand what it means to be dead. Unfortunately, this type of thinking is not only incorrect, but also dangerous. The hard truth Pre-adolescent children can and do die by suicide. According to data from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, suicide is the eighth leading cause of death for … Continued

Is your adolescent behaving sexually appropriate?

By Dan Mucci | November 3, 2021

In a perfect world, parents would have started the difficult conversations regarding appropriate and inappropriate sexual behavior with their child before reaching double digits. As youth approach the middle school years, hormonal changes combined with technology can lead to not only curiosity but behavior that can lead to a youth being in trouble with the law. In part one of this two-part blog series, C&A’s Sexually Inappropriate Behavioral Remediation (SIBR) team of Dr. Emma Farkas and Dr. Seandra Walker discussed what is sexually appropriate behavior for children ages … Continued