Your Child’s Education and Chronic Illness

By Patti Richards All she wants to do is go to school like the other kids. All you want for her is to be able to do just that. But your daughter has a chronic illness that…

Afloat in an Ocean of Impossible: Caring for a Chronically Ill Child Without Losing Hope

By Melissa Riddle Chalos When you’re caring for a chronically ill child, there are so many layers of stress, some days feel as if you’re being pulled down by a current in an ocean of impossible. For…

What Is Neurodiversity?

By Martha McLaughlin Human beings are wonderfully diverse. We come in different sizes, shapes and colors and have varying interests, instincts, talents and drives. Diversity makes us stronger together than we could be on our own. One…

How to Stay on Top of Your Child’s Medical Care

By Becca Owens Raising children always comes with unforeseen joys and trials — it’s a role that innately bears both challenges and triumphs. When a child is diagnosed with a chronic disease or an illness that lasts…

8 Children’s Books to Help You Talk to Your Child About Mental Health

By Patti Richards Parenting doesn’t come with an instruction manual. And when your child is having a meltdown in the mall, you probably wish it did. Sometimes, a just-right kid’s book, written to and for your little…

Getting Through a Brain Injury: A Parent Guide

By Martha McLaughlin Your child’s brain injury can seem overwhelming, and it’s easy to feel helpless in the face of it. It’s true that you can’t provide healing alone, but you can help create an environment that…

Self-Care For Parents of Chronically Ill Children

By Martha McLaughlin We’ve all heard stories of parents who have a rush of adrenaline and perform amazing rescues when their children are in emergency situations. The urge to protect can be overwhelmingly strong.  Sometimes, though, stress…

You Are Not Your Diagnosis

If you receive a mental health diagnosis from your treatment team, it means you have enough related symptoms to place you in the grouping of people with similar symptoms and the related diagnosis. It is not a…

The ABC’s of Anxiety

Most people have experienced anxiety, nervousness, fear or panic caused by a threat of danger – a near-miss car crash, a vicious-looking dog approaching, being followed down a dark sidewalk or alley, being lost or feeling stranded…

Medications for Mental Health

Medications can be used in various ways to assist in correcting the brain’s functioning due to mental health problems. The challenge is that it can often take several different attempts to find the medication or combination of…