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Empathy and Halloween

Next Step Therapy - Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Welcome to my world. Where I have opinions, and I write a blog, but have to suspend my opinions and seek empathy. I try to remember that opinion is really the lowest form of knowledge as there is no accountability or understanding involved. However, empathy requires us to suspend ou  ...Read More

To Those Who Have Lost A Child

Next Step Therapy - Thursday, October 08, 2015
As you stood in the funeral home, shocked and grief stricken, I know there was a moment when you realized that cars were still driving by, banks and restaurants were still open, and you must have felt that you had been morphed into another dimension. How could life go on for all of t  ...Read More

How Can We Expect Kids to Behave When Adults Can't

Next Step Therapy - Thursday, October 01, 2015
Two weeks ago, top news story with video: varsity football players tackle a referee during a game. I could not believe my eyes. Not only was it immoral, and unethical, and crazy, it was dangerous. The ref had no protective gear. They could have killed him, paralyzed him, or given  ...Read More

Yet Another Dilemma in Our Society

Next Step Therapy - Monday, September 14, 2015
Headline news this week: A mom walked into a Houston Fire Station, and announced that she was using the Safe Haven Law to leave her three year old and fourteen month old children. She told the firefighters that she could no longer take care of them. The details are sketchy, but apparentl  ...Read More


Next Step Therapy - Friday, August 14, 2015
Dear Kindergarten Teacher, Hi! My name is Dominick, and I am going to be in your class this year. I’m very excited, but I’m very nervous too. It seems that many school districts act as if every incoming student is starting from the same level playing field. Most Kindergarten   ...Read More

Are There More Kids Today With Issues or Do We Diagnose More?

Next Step Therapy - Thursday, August 06, 2015
This post has elements that are hard to write and talk about, but I believe that these issues need to be discussed. We, as a society, are not talking about these things openly and honestly, and when we do talk about them, we do so in such a way as to not “offend” anyone.   ...Read More

Coparenting After a Divorce

Next Step Therapy - Tuesday, July 07, 2015
* A couple of disclaimers before we get started: I do not think that I am the best parent in the world – I screw up too. When I post about my kids, ex, family, co-workers, etc., they ALWAYS read it first, and have approval or veto power. If you are reading i  ...Read More

There is Nothing Better Than Having a Great Dad!

Next Step Therapy - Friday, June 12, 2015
In honor of Father’s Day – I give you my take on having a great Dad. My father has always been a great dad. I’m the older of two girls, and my dad was young when I appeared. He worked three jobs when I was a small child so that my mother could stay home. Later, he   ...Read More

Making Good Choices

Next Step Therapy - Thursday, May 28, 2015
*Dear Readers: There are several statements in this post that, taken out of context, could be contentious. Please read the entire post, keep everything in context, and remember the spirit in which it is written – as a guide to assist parents who have children with special need  ...Read More

Outside Play!

Next Step Therapy - Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Do you have a “new” walker in your home? Do you have a child with balance/coordination issues? Now that summertime is FINALLY here - (can I just insert a YAY!! here?) there are many outside activities that you can do with your child to improve their walking/coordination/bal  ...Read More


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