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Caring for Your Whole Child Westerly RI

Creating a secure environment is the most important way to meet your child s emotional needs. For a child, physical and emotional safety is imperative. Physically, she needs the security that comes from structure and order. This can be obtained by imposing gentle structure on her time, surroundings, and belongings.

Ms. Lynn Cadett
Lynn Cadett-Above All Counseling
(860) 887-0000
101 W. Town St.
Norwichtown, CT
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Connecticut
5 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Family Dysfunction, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Adults (26-59)

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Kathy K Swink
(401) 783-0960
Wakefield, RI
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Musto Deborah T
(401) 348-0470
11 Wells St Ste 8
Westerly, RI

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King Susan
(860) 235-3266
Rte 1
Stonington, CT

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Miceli, Lisa, Phd - Safe Harbor Psychotherapists
(860) 443-7505
400 Bayonet St Ste 304
New London, CT

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Ms. Danielle Drugan
(860) 724-4115
Mystic Therapy, LLC.
Mystic, CT
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Trauma and PTSD, Bipolar Disorder
School: Central Connecticut State University
Year of Graduation: 2007
Years In Practice: 4 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$80 - $200
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Muriel Cohen
(401) 789-3694
Narragansett, RI
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
National Certified Counselor

Lentz Patricia
(401) 596-8680
Shore Rd
Westerly, RI

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Smith Kathleen C
(860) 449-0055
481 Gold Star Hwy
Groton, CT

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Pena Alicia
(860) 447-0888
567 Vauxhall Street Ext Ste 303
Waterford, CT

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Caring for Your Whole Child

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Caring for Your Whole Child
By Caron B. Goode 
Email kygardner@verizon.net
Mar 27, 2006, 23:48


Your child is a unique blend of traits, habits, and qualities. This blend is what makes her an individual. Therefore, caring for a child demands we address the whole person, not just part of her. While every child must be approached on her level, all children have five basic needs. They are physical, emotional, social, mental, and spiritual. These needs are basic to all human beings, and having them met is crucial to your child s growth and development.

Wholistic Care


Humans have three basic physical needs. We all need oxygen, water, and food to live. In our world, the quality of these things varies. These differences affect our bodies and how they respond to daily living. Polluted air and toxic water and food does not offer our bodies ample energy. On the other hand, pure air, water, and food allow the body to function at its best. While it is hard to control air and water quality, most parents can control what their children eat. Eating a healthy diet gives your child the strength to meet life head on. That means eating foods that are high in fiber and low in fat. It also means eating enough protein, fruits, and vegetables. In addition, parents should choose foods that are free of additives, preservatives, and food coloring.


Creating a secure environment is the most important way to meet your child s emotional needs. For a child, physical and emotional safety is imperative. Physically, she needs the security that comes from structure and order. This can be obtained by imposing gentle structure on her time, surroundings, and belongings. You may choose to include morning and bedtime rituals, routine meal times, and when age appropriate, chores. Emotionally, she needs a stable environment, which includes knowing her parents or mentors will be there when she needs them. It is from this place of absolute safety that she will develop and mature emotionally.


All children need support. For younger children, the family fills that role. As children age, however, that changes. They start moving into different communities and develop the desire to belong and achieve. They also begin to want friends and to be part of a larger group. In order for their social needs to be met, children must be encouraged to grow beyond the family. They must also have good role models on which they can build their own brand of social interaction. As with most things, children model their social behaviors after the ones their parents exhibit. Therefore, it is important your children see you as a friend and community member. Let them see you display acts of kindness and affection. Also, let them see you give and receive social support during times of adversity. By watching you, they will acquire the skills necessary to formulate a support group outside th...

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