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Talking to Children About Terrorism and Tragedy

Terrorism and tragedy in the news impact your child in more ways than you may think. Learn how to prevent anxiety and trauma with these tips.

Terrorism and tragedy are all over the news and impossible to ignore. It can be hard to talk to your child about the scary things we see and hear on the news. Many of us pretend our children don’t hear about this at school, with friends or see the images that we see, but they do. The sad reality is, horrific acts have become more common in the world we live in. This impacts their brain chemistry and mood tremendously. » Read more..

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Join the Children’s Health Revolution: Our Therapist and 27 Experts Online Now

Join us online May 2nd to 9th for the Third Biannual Children & Teen’s Health Summit. The Lotus Health Project brings you a week of empowerment for you and your children. Learn to have balanced, healthy lives with 27 amazing speaks, giveaways, and more. It’s free and every parent, educator and practitioner can learn a lot from these amazing presenters!

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Bullying and Your Child’s Brain

Bullying is a serious problem that impacts the developing mind. October is National Bullying Awareness Month and it’s something we must discuss. Many adults assume it’s something that all kids deal with; it’s not. In the past twenty years, more research has indicated the long-term implications that bullying has on one’s physical and mental health. In fact it can rewire the brain. With a world of social media at your child’s fingertips, bullying has made it into the home leading to more chronic mental health problems and impacting the ability for your child to function optimally.

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How to Make a Morning Routine Without Losing Your Mind

Mornings can be madness, but if you make a morning routine now, before the first day of school, they can be a whole lot easier. Making sure the kids are out the door with breakfast in their bellies, homework in their backpacks and their teeth brushed should be an Olympic event. It takes planning and practice to make morning routines run smoothly.  » Read more..

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Mindfulness Resources for You and Your Family

By Emily Roberts MA, LPC

There is a tremendous amount of research that shows how mindfulness is helpful for children and many adults. Mindfulness is paramount in helping children and adults relax get get in their bodies. It has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety as well as help support the Central Nervous System. It doesn’t have to be a daily mediation or yoga practice, but a few mindful minutes a day can help you and your child get calm and focused.  » Read more..

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Back-to-School Savings on All Children’s Programs

Children’s Program Back-to-School Savings Starts Now

 

From now to August 31st:

New Children’s Program Package – $50.00 off!
Children’s Program Retest Package – $25.00 off!

Neurogistics Children's Programs are now on sale for back-to-school

Parents! The first day of school is just around the corner. The transition back to the classroom, tests, and homework can be too much for many children. We want all of our kids to feel focused, confident, and excited when headed back to class. This is the perfect time to save with our Back-to-School Special! The more balanced your child’s brain is the better their school year will be.  So let’s set them up for academic, emotional, and behavioral success by testing now! You can learn more about how The Neurogistics Children’s Program can help your child by clicking here.

How to Order

If you are new to our Children’s Program, please click here to route to our home page, and click on the “Get Started” button.  To ensure enrollment in our Children’s Program, enter the practitioner ID – ‘BALANCE’ when prompted.  For retest orders, simply order a retest through your child’s online account.  If you already have a pending retest, please contact our office to order over the phone.  Our toll free number is 888-257-9068 for questions please email childquestion@neurogistics.com.
This special cannot be applied to pending or recently processed orders.
Take advantage the Neurogistics Children's program back-to-school special with a sale on all test kits

Back-to-School Tips

 

The transition back-to-school can be challenging for children and their parents.  The more support they have for their brains and their environments the more successful their school year will be.  Try these tips from our Child Therapist – Emily Roberts, MA LPC,  to help your family feel confident about the upcoming school year.

1. Organize Effectively

Help your child prepare for the upcoming school year today. Use a visual cue such as a calender to show them when they will be going back, what activities they have (note the days and time) and ask them what they want to put on the calender, get them invested in the process. As school assignments pour in, pick a time each day to sit with your child and put the due dates on here too. It helps feel secure and safe, and sets them up for learning how to organize their life.

2. Snack Smart

Have healthy snacks on hand that can enhance focus and prevent meltdowns is easier than you think. Make sure that the snack contains a protein, carbohydrate, and healthy fat. This combination is imperative for cognitive functioning and blood sugar stability, which means better moods! Many prepackaged and portable foods contain additives, dyes and more sugar than a can of soda. Try these smart snacks to boost brain power.

3. Sleep Tight

For a seamless transition back to school students of all ages need a consistent sleep schedule (adults do too). Studies show that back to school success correlates with a proper sleep cycle. Enough sleep means higher test scores, better behavior and more focus. How do you get your little learner back to bright and early mornings? This Back-to-Bedtime Post has you covered.

We wish all of you the best back-to-school year yet!

In Good Health,

Neurogistics Corporation

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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Brain Chemistry and Bad Behavior in Children

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By Emily Roberts MA, LPC

When children act out, misbehave, or engage in an activity that puts them in danger, parents often respond with an impulsive punishment.  They may yell, tell them to go to their room, or even spank their child in the hopes to get them to hear, and feel, that the actions that he or she did were “bad.”  Interestingly enough, most of these consequences don’t work, and the brain is partially to blame.

Recent research from Southern Methodist University discovered that spanking was far more common than parents admit, and that children who were hit, misbehaved within 10 minutes of being punished. Indicating that even with intense pain, their brains rewire back to impulsive decision making.

Why is it that kids misbehave so quickly afterwards? The spanking, the yelling, the removal of rewards and privileges, doesn’t encourage them to behave differently.   In fact, in many cases it scares them.  The brain goes into survival mode, triggering them to act aggressively or impulsively, because their neurological underpinnings are driving the behavior.  Ever heard your child say “I didn’t mean it, I don’t know why I did it.” Many times they are right.  The brain turned on before they even realized their bad action was occurring.

Parents and parenting are not to blame completely either, not at all. The problematic behaviors that get the child punished in the first place are due to their environment and their brain chemistry. Next time your child does something that you have told them 20 times to not do, before acting on impulse yourself, and raising your voice or threatening to take away X, Y, or Z, think about what else could be at play.  Certainly a new approach to communicating and also a look into their noggin.

3 Ways to Change Bad Behaviors in Your Child

brain chemistry1) Balance Brain Chemistry - In many cases where a youngster acts impulsively, lashes out, or doesn’t listen, it isn’t due to just anger or frustration, their brain chemistry is also to blame.  Extensive research and thousands of neurotransmitter tests have revealed, that frequently an imbalance in neurotransmitter levels (brain chemistry), is a key contributing factor to the child’s bad behavior. Often times their excitatory neurotransmitters are running the show, leading to them having difficulty controlling themselves.  Correcting brain chemistry can be a huge piece in healing the bad behavior puzzle. Neurotransmitter testing is easy, can be done in the comfort of your home, and provides an all natural solution to balancing brain chemistry.

brain chemistry2) Change Communication - You are the parent and role model, so get cracking on a more effective approach to communicating concerns and consequences to your child. In the bestselling book If I Have to Tell You One More Time…: The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids To Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling parenting expert and Today Show contributor Amy McCready shows you how to. McCready is a “recovering yeller” and the Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions. She is a champion of positive parenting techniques for happier families and well-behaved kids. Her Toolbox strategies have empowered tens of thousands of parents.

brain chemistry3) Gain and Teach Skills - It is important for parents to learn how to control their own emotions and be able to teach these skills and techniques to their children. Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Help Your Child Regulate Emotional Outbursts and Aggressive Behaviors by Pat Harvey, is a great book that can help with this. As a world renowned expert in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Harvey uses DBT Skills Training in working with parents whose children (of any age) have intense emotions/emotional dysregulation or mental illness. The nonjudgmental and accepting aspects of DBT have been well received by parents who are often blamed for the problems of their children. Feeling accepted enables parents and others to learn new, more effective skills.

Adjusting your child’s brain chemistry, and possibly your own, will be the glue that holds any parenting method together.  Skills and therapy can be effective, and with a brain that’s onboard with these new approaches, you have benefits that will last a lifetime.

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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Hot & Happy: Hydration Tips for Kids

hot happy hydratedDr. Lynne Kenney and Kidlutions provide famliles with tips to make this summer the best one yet.

The sweltering summer months can be so difficult on our little ones. Frustration and feeling out of control can be amplified with the heat and humidity, robbing our bodies of water. Avoid falling for the myth that giving them any liquid will keep them hydrated and happy, it can actually cause more harm than good. Sugar, soda, and chemicals can be more dehydrating and damaging. When we don’t get adequate H2O our bodies don’t move cells around, which can cause more physical and mental exhaustion.

Hydration Tips and Tricks

  • An excellent method for measuring how much water is needed each day is to divide your child’s body weight by 2. This will determine the number of ounces of water necessary for optimal health. If they are really active this may need to be increased.
  • Avoid juice; the sugar can cause dehydration and a crash later on. Freeze juice (100% juice) in ice cube trays or add berries to water bottles.
  • Try these helpful hydration tips for keeping your child hydrated during the hot summer months.Opt for coconut water, which replenishes the body naturally and has potassium.
  • Even sports drinks can be dehydrating with the added sodium and sugar, unless your child has just done a 10K opt for water instead.
  • Make it fizzy. There are some amazing carbonating beverage makers that literally pay for themselves in 10-20 uses. A bubbles and some natural flavor from a orange or lemon can make drinking water fun for little ones, plus they can get creative with what they want to add (grapefruit and strawberry is a must try).
  • Avoid flavor packets that can be added to water should also be avoided because they contain artificial sweeteners like aspartame, which are damaging to brain and dehydrating.
  • Dilute juice with water using a ratio of at least 50:50, make sure it is 100% juice, no additives.

Try these helpful hydration tips for keeping your child hydrated during the hot summer months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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Study: Active Kids Have Less Stress, Less Cortisol

We know an active child is generally more relaxed than a child who has been cooped up inside all day. This has been found to be true by the  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism who recently published a study that shows the correlations between exercise, activity, and stress levels.  They found that the more active the child is, the more likely they are to cope with setbacks and handle stress with ease. They also measured Cortisol levels; a hormone induced by physical and mental stress and contributes to weight gain.  The children who were least active had the highest levels of cortisol, did worse on psychological and academic testing.  Those who had a higher activity level were better able to self-regulate.  As we know from adult levels of cortisol, chronic stress impacts this hormone, causing more stress, weight gain, and contributing to mood disorders.

Exercise, and activity, even in small breaks throughout the day can really assist in long term mental health. Many of the children we work with have found more balance, regulated moods, and ability to maintain focus with movement breaks during the day, especially after school.  It allows them to get out some of the stress they have been holding on to during the day.  Add in some sprints, jumping jacks, a team sport, or even a 30 minute trip to the park into your child’s routine.  It will help them learn to self-soothe and be better prepared to hit the books for the homework session ahead.

Other reasons to get moving:

  1. All that exercise and fresh air will help kiddos (and adults) sleep better, getting out the restlessness from the day of sitting.
  2. Make at an opportunity to teach your kids about nature. Talk about what they see and discuss how the environment works.
  3. Get creative with sidewalk chock and the games we grew up with like hop scotch, grab some neighbors and play kick the can or have them make up relay races.
  4. Take a technology break.  Although TV can calm the brain it doesn’t do much for releasing the stored up energy.  Take a detour to a bike path or nature trail before heading home from school.

The more kids are active, the higher their level for stress tolerance, their level for focus increases, and it increases their ability to communicate with you. When you kids them away from the computer, cell phone, hours of homework, or television,  they are likely to open up more.  Taking a break from school work, is likely to recharge their batteries, which leads to more effective use of study time, and happier kids.

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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Recommended Reading

By Emily Roberts MA, LPC

Often times I give parents book  recommendations, and if you are like most parents out there you have a library full of books that were helpful at some point. These are some of the ones that I most frequently recommend.

In an Unspoken Voice: How The Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness by Peter Levine

 

Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes: Awakening The Ordinary Miracle of Healing by Peter Levine

 

The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel Siegel

 

Princess Recovery: A How-to Guide to Raising Strong, Empowered Girls Who Can Create Their Own Happily Ever Afters by Jennifer L Hartstein

 

The Connected Child: Bringing Hope and Healing To Your Adopted Family by Karyn Purvis

 

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

 

 

 

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 
 

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