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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 …


Mahoning County Juvenile Court’s Early Warning System

Mahoning County Juvenile Court, through a grant from the Department of Justice, has partnered with the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board and Alta Behavioral Healthcare to help young people who are struggling behaviorally and academically. The Early Warning System [EWS] program is designed to look at factors such …


Teen depression? You are not alone — help is available

Everyone can feel sad and moody from time to time, but normally these feelings pass. Feelings that are more intense and long-lasting may be depression. Depression can strike anyone at any age, but it can be particularly hard to deal with during teenage years, which are already difficult in so many ways. Depression is …


Alta Behavioral Healthcare’s UPSTREAM™ Program has openings!

Alta Behavioral Healthcare’s UPSTREAM™ Program now has openings for Preschool-age children Kindergarten-second grade Youngstown City School children UPSTREAM is a home-based literacy and social/emotional program to help children from preschool through second grade improve their reading and literacy skills and be socially and emotionally ready to learn. The aim of …


How we were parented impacts us all — for life

In a blog post a couple of months ago, I spoke of Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs. There are several different categories of ACEs, but two of the most prominent are abuse or neglect suffered by children at the hand of a parent or parents. I recently came across a …


New Year’s resolutions — and how to make them stick

When I was a member of a local gym for many years, there was one sure thing that we regulars could count on — a sudden influx of new gym members in January. We used to joke about it — “Here they come, and they’ll be gone in three weeks!” You …


The Winter Blahs!

Some say it’s the time of beautiful, pure white snow, sledding, crackling fires, festive holidays and family get-togethers. Then there are the others who say it’s the black and white season: cold, stark, imprisoned indoors, expensive, and the season of weight gain. I’d have to say I land somewhere in …


Stop It!

How many times have we wanted to tell someone who’s doing something that we feel is wrong or bad for them to “just STOP IT!”? Of course if we did, they typically would look at us like we’re crazy and think to themselves “why should I listen to you?” or …