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Using Verbal Reinforcement with Your Child

by Louise Kotel, LSW Kids tend to have good days and bad. As parents, it’s easy to focus on the bad moments, times and days. We’re quick to redirect, consequent, and become frustrated with behaviors our children are displaying. We tend to get the negative reports from school, daycare and/or …


Expert Recommends Ways to Talk to Your Children About School Shootings

Source: CNYCcentral.com The horrific images coming out of Texas and Florida following recent school shootings are difficult for adults to process, so how can we help our children make sense of the something so awful? “As adults it’s so easy for us to want to put our own worries or …


Yikes…I mean yay! It’s summer!!

Do you dream about and anticipate the warm, lazy days of summer…until they’re actually here? Do you then start to loathe the thought of kids having too much time on their hands? Within minutes of school being out for the summer, we start hearing the all-too-familiar words “I’m bored!” — …


Depression Through the Eyes of a Teenager

Recently one of our Alta Behavioral HealthCare clients created a poem about Depression and shared it with us. We feel this poem and accompanying illustration gives a powerful insight into what it can be like to suffer from this condition. With the permission of the client and the client’s parents, …


How Well Does Your Child Sleep at Night?

by Rochelle R. Perrotta, LPCC-S One of the main concerns I have heard from parents over the years is difficulty getting their children to sleep throughout the night. Many times, children struggle to fall asleep or wake up frequently. Sometimes children have restless sleep patterns or even nightmares. Problems with …


Infant Mortality Program Helps Pregnant Moms

Are you or is someone you know pregnant? We’re here to help! The Infant Mortality Program at Alta Behavioral Healthcare provides services to pregnant women in order to assist them in establishing healthy lifestyles for healthy pregnancies. Our certified Community Health Workers are trained to identify women who are at …


To Hear Someone Say “I’ve Been There,” and Know They Mean It!

So many times as a transition-aged youth or as a parent, it is common to feel…uncommon. Individuals often keep thoughts, feelings or difficulties to themselves, fearing they will not be understood. What a relief it would be to talk to someone who has already lived through your experience, and found …


How to Help Your Children with Test Anxiety

by Bethany Koenig State testing season is here and with standardized tests come anxiety — for teachers, children and their parents. The pressure is high and the children are feeling it! All children experience anxiety, and anxiety is a normal response to something that is dangerous or stressful. The good news …


Screen Time and Its Impact on Your Child’s Well-Being

Screen time is defined as any time a child or teen spends in front of a television, computer, video game or mobile device. The American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends youth have less than two hours per day of screen time. However, most youth spend closer to eight hours each …


Expert Recommends Ways to Talk to Your Children About School Shootings

Source: CNYCcentral.com The horrific images coming out of Florida following the school shooting are difficult for adults to process, so how can we help our children make sense of the something so awful? “As adults it’s so easy for us to want to put our own worries or our own …


New Study Finds Children’s Resilience Affects How They Cope with Bullying

This article, published on Florida Atlantic University’s website — summarizes the findings of a recent study on bullying that was co-authored by a researcher from FAU. While in no way minimizing the problems that bullying causes, it points out that we can do more than simply protect our children from bullying — we can …


All Alta Employees Have a Role in Dealing with Trauma in Children

The most comprehensive Trauma Care in the Mahoning Valley is found at Alta Behavioral Healthcare. And that care encompasses more than the dedicated Trauma-Focused Therapy offered by Alta. In fact, every employee at Alta has a role in ensuring that the experiences of children in the agency’s Trauma programs will …


“What? You Want to Have a Family Talk?”

Imagine you’re 7 years old. You come home from school; you’re excited to be home, hungry and looking forward to dinner. In a little while, you smell your favorite meal, fried chicken and mashed potatoes, wafting up from the kitchen. Things seem a little tense at dinner tonight, but that’s …


Early Warning Signs

At Alta Behavioral Healthcare we’ve been screening and assessing children, adolescents and young adults for many years. You’d think we’d have it all figured out by now! Actually, we’re pretty good at identifying early warning signs of an emotional problem. But we’ll never measure up to the most talented screeners …


Early Childhood Mental Health Is Like Eating Your Veggies

When people think mental health, sometimes they think of scary things. Some people think about mental illness that you see on TV, or they think that something is seriously wrong with their child, or that mental health professionals want to medicate their child after taking one look at them. Many …