A Mindful Minute

Stress is an all too familiar and prominent part of our days. Stress, worry, anxiety, however it is experienced, tends to “steal the show” strangling your thoughts and making you miserable, as well as reeking havoc on your immune system. Often times we try to “do” things to get away from the worry and stress,…

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Oh no, summer is almost over!

The beginning of a new school year can impact a child’s academic and social attitude, confidence, and performance. Needless to say, the annual transition from August to September can be difficult for both children and parents. A return to the classroom results in greater levels of activity, structure, and sometimes pressures. Regardless, it’s still an…

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The Importance of Listening to Our Bodies

The New York Times published an article this week entitled “Risk of Adult Anxiety Seen in Children’s Stomachaches.” This article discussed recent findings that children with stomachaches of no known medical origin often report higher rates of depression and anxiety in childhood and adulthood. Interestingly, the author noted that many of these children had never…

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The End of Summer Blues

“One must maintain a little bittle of summer, even in the middle of winter.” ― Henry David Thoreau We are all too quickly approaching the end of summer. With summer ending and Fall quickly approaching, it can be very easy to get into those end of summer blues and have a desire to put off…

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Communication in Relationships: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

“You can show affection in low-key subtle ways through quiet acts of tenderness: holding hands while watching TV or intertwining your feet while you read the Sunday paper together”- John Gottman, Ph.D. Conflicts and disagreements are inevitable entities of romantic human relationships; however, it is not conflict itself that is the problem, but how we…

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Complex Medical Conditions

Changes in cognition and academic performance resulting from neurological damage or disease can be accurately assessed by way of neuropsychological evaluation. Individuals are commonly referred for cognitive difficulty associated with: Concussion The term “concussion” is often used interchangeably with” mild traumatic brain injury” or “MTBI” to describe an injury resulting from sports-related activity. Concussions usually…

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Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Autism Spectrum Disorders are a group of developmental brain disorders, such as Autism or Asperger’s disorder, that refer to the “spectrum” of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment that might be present. They are typically characterized by difficulty in the following areas: – Socialization – Communication – Repetitive or stereotyped behaviors At Sankofa, a neuropsychological…

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Speech/Language and Communication Disorders

Speech and Language Disorders may be present if your child has difficulty understanding speech (receptive speech problem) or accurately communicating with spoken language (expressive speech problem). As part of a neuropsychological evaluation, tests specific to speech and language are administered to determine the nature and severity of your child’s language difficulty. Additionally, other contributions to…

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