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By A.N. McMahon, LMHC

5 Life-Changing Habits To Transform Your Mental Health

As the saying goes, “If you keep a habit, sooner or later it can feel like a part of you.” For parents — especially those supporting their children through distinct challenges — self-care is vital to maintaining the health of the family. Fortunately, you can transform your mental health with 5 surprisingly simple habits.  Start small, […]

14 Unexpected Ways to Boost Your Mental Health Now

Practicing good mental health doesn’t always mean a lengthy list of “shoulds” and “should nots.” You can boost your mental health right now through activities you want to do. Here are 14 research-backed ways to boost mental health (for adults or kids) that may surprise you: Have fun playfully boosting your spirits! We wish you […]

By By Alexis Ecoff, LMFT

Xboxes and PlayStations: The World Through The Lens Of Neurodivergence

“Think of it like comparing an Xbox and a PlayStation,” neurodiversity advocate Ethan Lisi says in a TED Talk. “They’re both highly capable consoles with different programming. But if you put your Xbox game in a PlayStation, it won’t work, because the PlayStation communicates differently.” Sometimes, the world can feel like that to a neurodivergent […]

By Alexis Ecoff, FSP Clinical Director, LMFT

The Power of Play

5 reasons play therapy helps neurodivergent children thrive For neurodivergent children, verbal communication and social cues may feel unnatural — and that can make traditional therapies difficult or uncomfortable. Enter play. This intuitive language of childhood — a language of exploration, expression, and making sense of the world — becomes an accessible connection point. By […]

By Dr. Carrie Fryzel, Psy.D.

Telehealth: A Powerful Ally To Diagnose, Treat Child Neurological Conditions

About 1 in 36 children has autism spectrum disorder, according to the latest CDC estimates. And the prevalence of a broad range of other neurological conditions in children continues to climb, other research shows.   That makes today’s delays in diagnoses and treatment particularly troubling. Not only is the need increasing amidst a health care labor […]

Stuck Inside

9 ideas to turn cabin fever into cabin fun Together time can hit its limits when the weather, sickness, or some other circumstance means you’re stuck inside. We are huge fans of playfulness here at Pariva — we believe it’s the pixie dust that transforms relationships and learning from ordinary into magical. Below are nine […]

Readjusting To Routine

Back to school: Tips for a smooth transition Poll most any parents — especially after a lengthy break from school — and they’ll reassure you that kids need routines. Research backs up the anecdotal evidence. Those predictable routines, along with engaging environments and positive interactions between adults and children, help mitigate challenging behaviors, as well […]

Supporting Your Neurodivergent Child

When we embrace our neurodiverse children, we accept and celebrate them. Your child is an amazing being with so many strengths that deserve to be celebrated, appreciated, and cherished. Neurodiversity is not something that needs to be “fixed” or “cured”, but rather embraced. What does it mean to embrace neurodiversity? Embracing neurodiversity is about acknowledging […]

Understanding Anxiety in Neurodivergent Children

Anxiety’s like that puzzle you stare at, thinking it’s a simple square, only to realize it’s a multi-dimensional Rubik’s Cube. But fear not, we’re here to unravel some of those intricate patterns and give our exceptional kids the superhero support they deserve!  1. The Anxiety Kaleidoscope Anxiety’s not a one-flavor-fits-all ice cream cone, and that’s […]

Building Resilience in Neurodivergent Children

We’re diving deep into the realm of building super resilience in our unstoppable neurodivergent crew. Get ready to sprinkle some magic and unwrap the most epic guide to cultivating unbreakable spirits! 1. Embrace the Quirk-tactic Talents  Picture this: a talent show where everyone’s a superstar. Every kiddo, neurodivergent or not, has unique abilities. Whether it’s […]

The Role of Visual Supports in Learning 

Imagine if learning had a secret language that could unlock doors of understanding, independence, and confidence. Well, hold onto your wizard hats because visual supports are here to make that magic happen!  The Enchanted World of Visual Supports Visual supports are like the fairy godmothers of learning, waving their wands to transform complex ideas into […]

Navigating the Family Support Program: Tips for Parents

Alright, fellow explorers, gather ’round! Parenting is already a wild ride, but when you throw in the curveball of neurodiversity, the journey becomes a thrilling odyssey filled with twists, turns, and an abundance of heartwarming moments. So, let’s strap on our metaphorical adventure boots and dive into the magical realm of the Family Support Program […]

Understanding Neurodiversity: A Beginner’s Guide for Parents 

In a world that’s as diverse as a candy store, embracing neurodiversity isn’t just an option – it’s the most incredible way to celebrate human variety! If you’re navigating the exhilarating rollercoaster of raising neurodivergent champs, then buckle up, because we’re about to dive into the awesome ocean of neurodiversity.  Neuro…what? Neurodiversity, that’s the buzzword! […]