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Why Act Early If You Are Concerned About Development?

May 20th, 2020

Many parents have concerns from time to time about their child’s development. Often the first place they turn to is their family doctor. Sometimes, the response is something akin to “don’t worry, they’ll grow out of it”. Although this bit of conventional wisdom is often true, it is not always true.  Parents are the number one experts when it comes to their children, and when your instincts are telling you […]

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Kanata Psychology Adds Autism Services

January 27th, 2019

  The Kanata Psychology and Counselling Centre is very pleased to announce the expansion of our Autism Services. Under the direction of Dr. Laura Hanson, KPCC will offer diagnostic, treatment and individual psychotherapy services to individuals in need. For more information on this program, click here:  Autism Services Along with this new service, Kanata Psychology is also pleased to announce that Dr. Laura Hanson has joined the centre. Dr. Hanson previously worked […]

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12 Innovative Strategies to Understand and Nurture your Child’s Development.

November 7th, 2018

Daniel Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, PH.D wrote an excellent book, entitled, ‘The Whole-Brain Child’ which provides parents and caregivers with 12 innovative strategies to understand and nurture their children’s development. In this blog I will provide a brief overview of these concepts: We all have a right hemisphere and a left hemisphere to our brains (often called the right brain and the left brain) and each serves a different […]

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Unsure if your child is in need of a Psychoeducational Assessment? What is a Psychoeducational Assessment?

October 24th, 2018

Does your child need a Psychoeducational Assessment? Most kids struggle in school from time to time, whether it’s difficulty mastering fractions or learning to read.  How do you know if your child’s difficulty is just a bump in the road or whether it is a sign of something more serious, like a Learning Disability or ADHD? An assessment may be needed if: Your child is falling significantly behind classmates She […]

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Supporting Children And Youth After A Natural Disaster

September 26th, 2018

Natural disasters, such as the tornadoes we have just experienced in the Ottawa area, come as a shock and surprise to everyone! As we deal with the aftermath of these events, here are some things to keep in mind regarding children and youth. 1) Children and youth can be impacted by the news of the event. They can feel worried or scared that something will happen again. This often happens because […]

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Kanata Psychology opens Kanata Learning Centre!

September 5th, 2018

The Kanata Psychology and Counselling Centre is very pleased to announce the opening of the Kanata Learning Centre! The Learning Centre came into existence in response to the growing awareness of the lack of resources within the school systems and community to support children and youth with learning needs. It  will operate on the lower floor of the Kanata Psychology and Counselling Centre, which is located at 300 Terry Fox […]

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Helping your Anxious Child Back to School

August 20th, 2018

With summer vacation drawing to a close and school supplies filling the stores, families are beginning to anticipate the return to school. Many children may feel excitement, some nervousness, and an eagerness to see their friends and start a new grade. Many others may approach this transition with a sense of anxiety – feeling overwhelmed, worried, apprehensive, fearful, tense, or concerned about the new year. For children struggling with anxiety, […]

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Play in Therapy

June 20th, 2018

As school begins to come to an end, kids look forward to the summer – a time when there is ample opportunity to play and have fun. Play is an essential element of a healthy childhood and its presence is so valuable, it’s recognized as a universal right for children by the United Nations. This is in part because, despite what may initially meet the eye, play serves many important […]

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You are not alone: Coping With Your Loved One’s Substance Abuse

May 10th, 2018

When a parent finds out that their loved one is abusing substances, they are often flooded with feelings of helplessness, overwhelm, fear, embarrassment and anger. Parents usually feel unprepared to navigate the challenges of helping an adolescent who is abusing substances.  Often, there is little support within communities and families to openly discuss the challenges with substance abuse, which leads to isolation and feelings of powerlessness. These feelings are normal […]

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Connection: Are You Blocking It?

March 7th, 2018

“We are never so vulnerable as when we love.” — Sigmund Freud There is something missing. You’re not quite sure what it is but you can tell that it’s not there. Perhaps you noticed after struggling through Valentine’s Day celebrations that it’s never really been there. Or maybe you once had it with your partner, but now it feels off somewhere far away…. in a time when you had more […]

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