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Mind Matters

Welcome to “Mind Matters” where our team of experts share educational insights related to psychological and mental health concerns to support, guide, and provide hope to patients and their families.

The content included in this blog is for informational purposes and is not intended as a substitute for individualized medical or therapeutic consultation, diagnosis or treatment. Please contact your physician with specific questions or concerns related to your healthcare.

In The News: WGAL/NBC8 Covers Lancaster PA Opening

In The News: WGAL/NBC8 Covers Lancaster PA Opening

We recently opened up a new Autism Treament Center in Lancaster, PA. A big thank you to WGAL / NBC8 news for covering our open house ...

Aug 24 | Attention and Executive Skills in Individuals with Epilepsy

Aug 24 | Attention and Executive Skills in Individuals with Epilepsy

Attention & Executive Functioning Skills in Individuals with EPILEPSY August 24, 2022 6:00 - 7:00 PM Brought to you by the EFEPA ...

Staff Spotlight: Anecia Reynolds

Staff Spotlight: Anecia Reynolds

NeurAbilities is excited to announce that Dr. Anecia Reynolds, psychiatric nurse practitioner, has joined our interdisciplinary team ...

Child Development Information and Resources

Child Development Information and Resources

Your free guide to: tracking your child’s developmental milestones, answers to frequently asked questions provided by expert doctors, ...

Getting Ready For A Neuropsychological Evaluation

Getting Ready For A Neuropsychological Evaluation

By Hilary Murphy, PhD Clinical Neuropsychologist | Director of Training and Graduate Education In my experience, the term ...

10 Tips for Mental Health Awareness Month

10 Tips for Mental Health Awareness Month

By Lisa Alberts, DNP, APRN-BC, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric & Primary Care Nurse Practitioner May is Mental Health Awareness month and ...

Practical Strategies to Support Executive Functioning at Home

Practical Strategies to Support Executive Functioning at Home

The term “executive functioning” refers to the set of skills that helps us complete tasks efficiently (or execute functions!). These skills make goal-directed behavior possible! Executive functions are commonly thought of as the “CEO of our brain”. They allow us to plan and...

Autism: Navigating The Journey

Autism: Navigating The Journey

Autism is a spectrum disorder, presenting differently in each person and requiring an interdisciplinary approach to diagnosis and ...

Tantrum in the Grocery Store! What Can I Do?

Tantrum in the Grocery Store! What Can I Do?

By: Kaori Nepo, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Vice President, ABA Clinical Operation Parents often have to deal with challenging behaviors from ...

Apr 28 | Autism: Navigating The Journey

Apr 28 | Autism: Navigating The Journey

Autism is a spectrum disorder, presenting differently in each person and requiring an interdisciplinary approach to diagnosis and ...

Autism and Some Differences Between Boys and Girls

Autism and Some Differences Between Boys and Girls

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Some Differences Between Boys and Girls By: Azlen Theobald, PsyD Neuropsychologist Children and ...

Newsletter Spring Edition 2022

Newsletter Spring Edition 2022

Can you believe it’s spring? People seem as if they are awakening from hibernation after a long winter. As the days now are getting ...

Art With A Heart: Sibling Support Group Summer 2022

Art With A Heart: Sibling Support Group Summer 2022

View Full Size Flyer >My son liked talking with his new friends and sharing feelings about his brother. He enjoyed the art ...

Chicken Nuggets Again?! When Your Child with Autism Refuses to Try New Foods

Chicken Nuggets Again?! When Your Child with Autism Refuses to Try New Foods

by Lauren Sivelle, MSEd, BCBA Lauren Sivelle is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst providing care and ABA treatment in our Freehold, ...

The Benefits of Family Therapy

The Benefits of Family Therapy

By Rachel Schwartz, Mobile Therapist, MFT, M.S.Ed., BCBA, LBS In 2005, an American writer named David Foster Wallace created a ...

The Benefits of a Neuropsychological Evaluation

The Benefits of a Neuropsychological Evaluation

This webinar presentation was hosted and recorded by the NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome... Dr. Cristina Sperrazza will speak about ...

Addressing the Silent Needs of Siblings of Children with an Autism Diagnosis

Addressing the Silent Needs of Siblings of Children with an Autism Diagnosis

By Alexandra Back, M.A., ATR-BC, LPC Director of Creative Arts Programs at NeurAbilities Healthcare While it is necessary for us ...

Medication Treatments: Making the Decision

Medication Treatments: Making the Decision

By Romaine Schubert, M.D., Pediatric Neurologist  If you are reading this, then most likely you are considering treating your child ...

Art With A Heart: Sibling Support Group Spring 2022

Art With A Heart: Sibling Support Group Spring 2022

View Full Size Flyer >My son liked talking with his new friends and sharing feelings about his brother. He enjoyed the art ...

Transitioning From ABA to School Services

Transitioning From ABA to School Services

Presenter: Erin O'Brien, BCBA Board Certified Behavior Analyst, NeurAbilities Healthcare When should a child transition from ABA ...

Holiday Tips to Reduce Stress for Children

Holiday Tips to Reduce Stress for Children

Holidays can be also be a time of anxiety, especially if a family member may have a neurodiversity coupled with challenging behaviors...

Art With A Heart: Sibling Support Group Winter 2022

Art With A Heart: Sibling Support Group Winter 2022

Inquiry FormFor Ages 7 to 11 Years Having a sibling with special needs presents unique challenges in a young person’s life. This ...

Conference: Linking Information About Learning Disabilities

Conference: Linking Information About Learning Disabilities

October 15 & 16, 2021 LDA of New Jersey is partnering with LDA of Michigan for a two-day virtual conference for parents, ...

What Does A Diagnosis Mean To Us?

What Does A Diagnosis Mean To Us?

As part of Child Neurology Foundation's "What A Diagnosis Means To Me" campaign, here's what some of our patients have to say. At ...

Art With A Heart: Sibling Support Group

Art With A Heart: Sibling Support Group

Inquiry FormFor Ages 7 to 11 Years Having a sibling with special needs presents unique challenges in a young person’s life. This ...

HOPE Talks for Parents

HOPE Talks for Parents

Spreading the Love: Dividing Time Among Siblings Thursday, September 30th, 2021 | 12:30 - 1:00pm | WEBINARWhen there are children with ...

Back-to-School: Managing Parent Anxiety

Back-to-School: Managing Parent Anxiety

1) Accept Uncertainty – No one, not even your doctor, can give you a guarantee that your child won’t contract COVID or be exposed to ...

Virtual Open Art Studio Group For Pre-Teens

Virtual Open Art Studio Group For Pre-Teens

For Ages 11 to 13 Years Has your pre-teen struggled to find opportunities for socialization and peer connection this year? This group ...

Supporting Teens In Self Isolation

Supporting Teens In Self Isolation

Contributed by Alexandra Back, ATR-BC, LPCDirector of Creative Arts Programs Supporting Teens in Self-Isolation Accepting ...

5 Symptoms of Social Communication Deficits

5 Symptoms of Social Communication Deficits

Contributed by Michael Baniewicz, PsyDNeuropsychologist 5 Symptoms of Social Communication Deficits Avoids Eye ContactChild- refuses ...

20 Warning Signs for Developmental Dyslexia

20 Warning Signs for Developmental Dyslexia

By Michelle Humm, PhD, Pediatric Neuropsychologist Not recognizing that your child has developmental dyslexia could seriously ...

Teaching Mobile Device Leisure to Adults With Autism and Intellectual Disability

Teaching Mobile Device Leisure to Adults With Autism and Intellectual Disability

The use of mobile devices has become a major medium of leisure engagement for the general population. However, individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) experience disparities...

“Study Buddies” Learning Zones

“Study Buddies” Learning Zones

Complete schoolwork in a supportive, COVID-safe environment with guidance from expert "Learning Leaders"...

Sending Neurodiverse Children Back to School

Sending Neurodiverse Children Back to School

Visit the school and classroom before the term begins to prepare your child for a new environment. Walk the halls, practice using lockers or cubbies...

Back-to-School: Managing Parent Anxiety

Back-to-School: Managing Parent Anxiety

The information on children and the Coronavirus has been evolving since March. School stress for parents comes down to one big ...

How To Create A Successful Remote Learning Space

How To Create A Successful Remote Learning Space

By Alexandra Back, ATR-BC, LPC - Director, Creative Arts Therapies | Art Therapist | Licensed Professional Counselor Find a space ...

Improving Social Outcomes for Children with Autism

Improving Social Outcomes for Children with Autism

Thank you to the India Autism Center for hosting this webinar... Presenter: Azlen Theobald, Neuropsychology Post-Doctoral Fellow, ...

Impact of Social Isolation on Children with Autism slides

Impact of Social Isolation on Children with Autism slides

Thank you to the India Autism Center for hosting this webinar. We are unable to share this video recording, but you may view the slide ...

Parent Burnout in the Face of COVID-19

Parent Burnout in the Face of COVID-19

Host:NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome (NJCTS) Wednesday Webinar SeriesJoin us for a webinar on Jun 17, 2020 at 7:30 PM EDT Webinar ...

Virtual Social Skills Program Summer-Fall 2020

Virtual Social Skills Program Summer-Fall 2020

For Ages 14 to 17 Years Learn how to build and maintain relationships, both real and virtual, through these Virtual Social Skills ...

Dysregulated and Dysexecutive: Supporting Students w/ Autism-ADHD-Executive Dysfunction

Dysregulated and Dysexecutive: Supporting Students w/ Autism-ADHD-Executive Dysfunction

Thank you to the India Autism Center for co-hosting this webinar and to Hilary Murphy, PhD, Neuropsychologist for ...

Supporting Traumatic Stress Resiliency in Children

Supporting Traumatic Stress Resiliency in Children

Recent world events have forced us all to become more collectively aware of what trauma means and the impact it can have on our mental ...

Autism Specialty Care Education Series

Autism Specialty Care Education Series

The India Autism Center and NeurAbilities Healthcare have partnered, across continents, to create a FREE webinar series focused on a ...

Parent Burnout in the Face of COVID-19

Parent Burnout in the Face of COVID-19

Host:NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome (NJCTS) Wednesday Webinar SeriesJoin us for a webinar on Jun 17, 2020 at 7:30 PM EDT Webinar ...

Child Development Information and Resources

Child Development Information and Resources

Your free guide to: tracking your child’s developmental milestones, answers to frequently asked questions provided by expert doctors, ...

Virtual Social Skills Program

Virtual Social Skills Program

For Ages 11 to 14 Years Learn how to build and maintain relationships, both real and virtual, through these Virtual Social Skills ...

Keeping Your Sparkle During a Pandemic: Exploring Positive Strategies to Cope with New Stressors

Keeping Your Sparkle During a Pandemic: Exploring Positive Strategies to Cope with New Stressors

Thank you to the Family Resource Network for hosting this webinar... https://www.familyresourcenetwork.org/ Presented by Sara M. ...

Improving Social Outcomes for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Improving Social Outcomes for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Presented by Azlen Theobald, Psy.D. An estimated 5% to 10% of the population are affected by neurodevelopmental disorders. Children ...

CBT Counseling for COVID Stress

CBT Counseling for COVID Stress

Dr. Sara Shane (commonly known as “Dr. Sparkles”) is providing a Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) program designed especially for COVID-19 related anxiety, stress, and depression. These sessions are helpful for teens, parents, college students, athletes, and individuals over the age of 7 years who need support...

Kid Konnections Video Series

Kid Konnections Video Series

Free interactive daily videos on our Facebook page for kids at home ages 6mo-5yr: "Morning Moves" "Toddler Talk" "Art With Heart" "Let's Dance"...

COVID-19 and Positive Life Lessons for Kids

COVID-19 and Positive Life Lessons for Kids

By Azlen Theobald, PsyD, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Neuropsychology Uncertain times have meant increased anxiety and even evidence of ...

How To Keep Your Sparkle During a Dull Pandemic

How To Keep Your Sparkle During a Dull Pandemic

Exploring Positive Strategies to Cope with New Stressors The lives of children and adults were changed in an unexpected way as the ...

A Road Map To Calm

A Road Map To Calm

Four tips to achieving calm in these anxious corona times. #1 - Validate Your Feelings - Acknowledge the situation and how you feel about it. Remember, you have the right...

Be A Homework Hero – Executive Functioning

Be A Homework Hero – Executive Functioning

By Hilary Murphy, PhD NeurAbilities Neuropsychologist MAKE A LIST Make a list of assignments and due dates. If a subject has no ...

Impact of Social Isolation on Children with Autism

Impact of Social Isolation on Children with Autism

COVID19 has made social isolation a feature of everyday life. While this has certainly contributed to flattening of the curve, it has ...

Learning and Activity Resources for Children at Home

Learning and Activity Resources for Children at Home

Virtual field trips and learning experiences help improve distance learning in the home during the time of COVID. Check out these amazing resources...

Coping With Anxiety: 5-4-3-2-1 Technique

Coping With Anxiety: 5-4-3-2-1 Technique

By: Azlen Theobald, Neuropsychology Post-Doctoral Fellow FEELING ANXIOUS AT HOME WHILE SHELTERING IN PLACE? Anxiety is something most ...

Atlantic County Special Education Parent Leadership Roundtable

Atlantic County Special Education Parent Leadership Roundtable

Come to the table and meet with parents, advocates, school professionals, and community members! This roundtable meeting ...

Helping Young Adults Take Charge of Their Healthcare

Helping Young Adults Take Charge of Their Healthcare

Understanding your healthcare needs and how to talk to your physician about them, is an important independent living skill that can be ...

Improving Social Outcomes for Children with Tourette’s and…

Improving Social Outcomes for Children with Tourette’s and…

Improving Social Outcomes for Children with Tourette Syndrome and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders February 12, 2020 | 7:30 – 8:30 ...

Don’t Give Up On Your New Year’s Resolutions!

Don’t Give Up On Your New Year’s Resolutions!

It’s that time of year again when many of us make New Year’s resolutions. While we all start out with good intentions, these New ...

Executive Functioning Skills Fact Sheet

Executive Functioning Skills Fact Sheet

In this quick fact sheet, NeurAbilities Neuropsychologist Hilary Murphy, PhD explains what executive functioning is, different ...

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