Thrive (Child & Youth)

Empty Nest or New Opportunity

Posted on 04/10/2016 in Blog, Couples, Parenting, Thrive (Child & Youth)

My baby is leaving home… what am I going to do now?  Many parents experience a feeling of loss when the last child leaves home.  Well, you are not alone.  The majority of parents experience that feeling of a double edged sword.  Parents are thrilled that all of the nurturing, caring and teachings has led their child to be actively independent,  coupled with the loss of the daily experiences and companionship they  share with their child every day at home. This mish-mash of emotions actually has a name – empty nest syndrome.   This is not a clinical diagnosis, but rather… Read More Here!

 

My child’s school has asked for a psycho-educational assessment as a part of his enrolment criteria… What exactly is that?

Posted on 16/05/2016 in Blog, Parenting, Students, Thrive (Child & Youth)

By Lenka Matuska, Registered Provisional Psychologist, M.C., Dipl. Psych.   That is a question that we get asked a lot at Insight. Many charter and private schools ask for this assessment. Teachers who are concerned about behavior or grades may ask for one as well. A psycho-educational assessment is a series of tests, observations and history taking about your child that when compiled helps family and teachers understand how the child learns and processes information. The role of the assessment in your child’s school varies. Some schools want to assure themselves that your child has the capacity to keep pace… Read More Here!

 

Getting ready for the first day of school

Posted on 02/10/2015 in Blog, Children, Parenting, Thrive (Child & Youth)

Another big milestone has arrived…your child is ready for their first day of school. You have introduced the idea of your child being able to go to school all summer long. You have bought all their school supplies and a cool new backpack. Your child is excited, you are excited, so everyone must be ready! However, it is important to recognize that going into any new environment with unfamiliar faces can cause anxiety for many children. Do not be surprised if you find yourself feeling a little bit anxious as well. Starting something new, like going to school for the… Read More Here!

 

Get The Kids Off the Couch!

Posted on 05/05/2015 in Blog, Children, Parenting, Thrive (Child & Youth)

Over the last two decades childhood has moved indoors. The average child now spends as few as 30 minutes in unstructured outdoor play each day and more than six hours each day in front of an electronic screen. What is even more alarming, according to the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC), is the prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 has more than doubled in the past 20 years, to 17 percent of children in this age group. The rate of clinically obese adolescents (aged 12-19) more than tripled, to 17.6 percent. The CDC concludes that a… Read More Here!