• “Confidential” Therapy

    “Confidential” Therapy

    Made with Pixton.

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  • Who Will Help?

    Who Will Help?

    As the founder of a nonprofit organization in the process of getting off the ground, I think it’s important to show vulnerability, but finding the line can be challenging. If you’re too vulnerable, people will be put off; lacking vulnerability is inauthentic.  Maybe this is too raw. Maybe it isn’t. We are all fighting invisible…

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  • Behavioral Healthcare: Helpers in Crisis

    Behavioral Healthcare: Helpers in Crisis

    Why is it so hard to get care? Behavioral healthcare is an umbrella term that includes treatment for mental health, substance abuse, learning differences, and disordered behavior resulting from mental illness or disability. Behavioral therapy and behavioral programs include talk therapy, detox and substance abuse treatment, occupational therapy, inpatient and psychiatric treatment, behavioral therapy for…

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  • The Types of Bullying

    The Types of Bullying

    Bullying is very common and very serious problem. Even though efforts to stop it have been successful in reducing the impact and amount, a whopping 19% to 22% of students 9th-12th grade reporting being bullied throughout the year, the 19% to 22% percent not including cyberbullying, which has started to become a problem with the…

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  • Elephant in the Room – Rewarding Quality Care

    Elephant in the Room – Rewarding Quality Care

    It’s back-to-school season, and, I, like numerous other parents, am preoccupied with getting just the right classes or teacher assignments to help my kids’ chances of getting into a top university. My incoming sophomore is trying to get a waiver to take AP English on top of two other AP classes, and before we were…

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  • How We Learn

    How We Learn

    There’s a home movie of me as a 3-year-old making an enormous fuss out of putting my rollerskates away. In the video, I yell about how much I hate rollerskates, refuse to put them away, run to my room, slam the door, and yell at my mom when she opens it. Eventually, I put them…

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  • 5 ABA Parent Participation Success Factors

    5 ABA Parent Participation Success Factors

    At its heart, behavior therapy is a family therapy – it requires parents to learn new parenting methods (like how to set up the house for safety, use less punishment, minimize exposure to unnecessary triggers, how to have successful outings, reduce dependence on screens, increase communication and understanding, and more). Caregivers, siblings, and other family…

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  • Sensory Tigger

    Sensory Tigger

    Some children need more or less sensory input than others. Hyperactivity cannot be suppressed, only expended, and punishing children for being unable to sit still will not work. Find safe alternatives and join in!

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  • Water Is Wet

    Water Is Wet

    So, a few days ago, my mother approached me with an article she found interesting: Published on July 19th, 2023, the Forbes article reports the findings of a 2016-2021 study on the rate of suicidality. Now, because I am terrible at writing coherent summaries when I actually want to, I will be using bullet…

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  • Bridging the Gap: Increasing Access to Behavioral Healthcare Services in Low-Income Communities

    Bridging the Gap: Increasing Access to Behavioral Healthcare Services in Low-Income Communities

    Access to behavioral healthcare services is crucial for individuals and communities to thrive. Mental health plays a significant role in our overall well-being, and yet many individuals in low-income communities face barriers when trying to access the care they need. Understanding the challenges in low-income communities Low-income communities often face a multitude of challenges when…

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  • Applied Behavior Analysis: Exploring The Benefits, Drawbacks, and Applications

    Applied Behavior Analysis: Exploring The Benefits, Drawbacks, and Applications

    What is Applied Behavior Analysis? Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a highly effective approach to improving the lives of individuals with autism and other developmental disorders. Using evidence-based techniques, ABA focuses on understanding and modifying behavior to promote positive outcomes. By breaking down complex skills into smaller, manageable steps, ABA helps individuals develop new skills…

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  • Am I Chinese Enough?

    Am I Chinese Enough?

    I have always felt embarrassed whenever I speak Chinese. Whenever I have to order food in a Chinese-speaking place, my throat closes and I get tunnel vision. Even when I do manage to speak, I’m acutely aware of how much I stutter when I speak Chinese or how often I mispronounce something. As such, I…

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