A child’s mental health is a critical part of healthy development with long-term implications for the child’s and family’s quality of life. Mental health in childhood means reaching developmental and emotional milestones, learning healthy social skills and strategies for coping when life’s challenges and transitions arise. Children who are mentally healthy have a positive quality of life and can function well at home, in school and in their communities.
Tucked into the Shoppes at Westchester in Midlothian VA, is a small storefront that is making big change in the lives of children and their families. The center is Brain Balance and their mission is to create hope and help for children who struggle with attention, behavior, social or academic challenges.
Every Mother’s Day I anticipate the day with such joy and wishes for what I hope the day will be. Many times, I end up feeling a little sadness and some loss. Never really able to completely define it. I think it is for the things I wish and want FOR my son to be able to do. The little things my girls “just know”.
In my past experience as a pediatric physical therapist, I followed the traditional path, which involved patient treatments one time per week. I often thought to myself, “Am I really making a difference in this child’s life?” I then learned about an intensive therapy treatment approach that showed promise in pediatric population, and I made an effort to learn more about this program. With the encouragement and support of family and friends, I began the Richmond Hope Therapy Center in 2006, providing the Richmond area with the TheraSuit method of intensive physical therapy.
We are South River Compounding Pharmacy, Richmond’s trusted resource for customized medications, quality natural supplements, and personal health consultations. Our pharmacists work in conjunction with prescribers and their patients to decide on the most appropriate therapy for each individual.
Families find that a personalized form of treatment, including compounded medicines, can be of great benefit to a patient with autism. Nutritional supplements and biomedical treatments are effective in treating common ailments that children with autism may experience. These may be administered in the form of a gel that is easily absorbed by the skin. We are also able to produce custom medications that omit irritating or allergy-inducing inactive additives such as red dye and gluten.
We take pride in our community and thrive on giving back, building trusting relationships with practitioners, patients, customers, and friends. We welcome anyone and everyone to attend our free seminar series, Achieving Wellness with Baylor Rice, where we discuss topics such as thyroid health, BHRT, autism, and ADHD.
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Twelve years ago, our lives changed instantly when our vibrant and healthy three-year-old son suffered a traumatic brain injury. He fell head-first from a second-story window onto the asphalt driveway at our home in Powhatan, VA.
Caregivers who want to plan for the financial future of their adult dependent over the age of twenty-two who has special needs often have different issues to consider than caregivers of younger dependents. Special needs planning is sometimes very different for caregivers who have dependents in these two age groups.
April ‘s Autism Awareness has comes to an end for us and to be honest with you all, I am relieved. It can be emotionally tiring. I know our work makes a difference and I know that it will continue to impact those around us in positive ways but sometimes it can take a toll on my brain. I know i is needed and I do know it matters, so , on I go… as we all do.
“Critical Thinking – The Other National Deficit”
As I was driving north on I-95 this past weekend, I saw those words written on a bumper sticker and they caught my attention. I spent the next 45 minutes of my drive pondering whether critical thinking can really be considered a national deficit. Sadly, I came to no conclusion, but I did get out of the car with a stronger sense that as a parent I need to be doing all I can to foster critical thinking in my two teenagers. As a long time educator, and now a business owner of Engineering For Kids of Central Virginia, I was also energized by the knowledge that our engineering classes and camps do provide unique opportunities for children to develop those critical thinking skills.
BoyswithRobotPictureI sat down this morning and wrote down just a few positive attributes I’ve had the pleasure of observing children develop in our camps and classes:
An active mind – and an active body
Feelings of success and accomplishment
Independence and confidence to try new things
Social skills and teamwork
Communication skills to share ideas and solve complex problems
New friendships while “unplugging” from their devices
Skills that may turn into life-long passions
The ability to view perceived mistakes as the opportunity to make changes and try again
Have a fun and safe summer! Be sure to check our camp options and contact us with any questions.
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At Autastic Avenues, we offer social group instruction. Our current group, mostly 6-10 yr. olds, Builders and Gamers, meets on Saturday mornings.
Builders and Gamers use activities that are appealing to kids (Building- Lego/arts and crafts, and Games- cards, board games) to teach the principles of friendship. This is not a play date. It is not a play group. We do refer to it as a social group, but it is more than that. Cooperation and collaboration are not just buzz words. We depend on cooperative participants and collaborative ideas. Every member brings a different set of skills and interests. Everyone learns to be part of the group, even when the activity may not be someone’s favorite. Learning to follow a group plan and actively participate (with a positive attitude) can be a challenge. Letting others have a turn when it is a favorite activity is another type of challenge. We learn to stop and clean up, even when the Lego set is NOT finished. (This one is hard for me too!!) While we are learning how to be accepted into the group, we are learning to accept others into our own group. Builders and Gamers welcome and include anyone interested in being part of our group. Our more experienced members are great mentors to new friends. Our group mascot, Crash the ferret, is a frequent visitor. Crash is great at starting conversations.