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Tips for Raising a Terrific Preschooler Amherst MA

For a preschooler, learning to identify emotions is the first step towards learning how to manage them. When a child can correctly label feelings, he is better able to express himself and his needs. Parents can help children develop this valuable skill through play.

Mr. Daniel McLean
Private Practice
(413) 478-9526
48 N. Pleasant St., Suite 201
Amherst, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
16 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Reed Schimmelfing
(413) 586-7454
104 Main Street Suite 201
Northampton, MA
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Sleep Disorders, Men's Issues, Postpartum Depression
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Twins, Caregivers, Step Families, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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VANESSA L. ADAMS, M.Ed, C.A.G.S., C.H., C.P.C.- Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, Life/Health & Care
(413) 522-2815
Offices in Amherst and Orange Massachusetts,409 Main Street - Suite # 125 (
Amherst, MA
Specialties
ADHD,Anxiety or Fears,Career Counseling,Chronic Pain or Illness,Depression,Life Coaching,Loss or Grief,OCD,Spirituality,Trauma and PTSD
Gender
Female
Education
Masters in Education & C.A.G. S.- Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Counseling Psychology-Cambridge College, MA.Certified-National Guild of Hypnotists in Adv. Hypnotherapy in Medical/Pain Management, Smoking, Weight.Life/Health Coach
Insurance
No
Membership Organizations
Access Change

Ms. Constance Leslie
(413) 314-3388
Constance Leslie, LICSW16 Armory Street
Northampton, MA
Specialties
Family Therapy, Couples therapy, Divorce, Child or Adolescent, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: Boston College Graduate School of Social Work
Year of Graduation: 1988
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$70 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Betsy Ferber, MA, LMFT
(413) 582-0287
16 Center St.
Northampton, MA
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears,Depression,Divorce,Elderly Persons Disorders,Gay Lesbian Issues,Loss or Grief,Parenting,Relationship Issues,Spirituality,Trauma and PTSD
Gender
Female
Education
BA at Lake Forest College, 1970MA Transpersonal Counseling, John F.Kennedy U. 1985Trained in DBT and long time member of DBT Team at ServiceNet, NorthamptonTrained in MBSR 2006Currently training in Somatic ExperiencePracticing Meditator
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Elizabeth Ferber

Ms. Maria Dye
(413) 584-1557
57 Gothic Street
Northampton, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mr. Jim Caldwell
Springfield Technical Community College
(413) 306-0914
Armory Square Bldg 16, Rm 131-Veterans Services
Springfield, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LMFT
Licensed in Massachusetts
7 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development
Populations Served
Military/Veterans
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Maria Elizabeth LeBlanc, M.Ed, MSW, LICSW
(413) 695-3707
195 Russell Street, 2nd FL, Suite B9
Hadley, MA
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,Anxiety or Fears,Child or Adolescent Issues,Chronic Pain or Illness,Depression,Elderly Persons Disorders,Gay Lesbian Issues,Loss or Grief,OCD,Relationship Issues
Gender
Female
Education
I have a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Springfield College, Springfield, MA and a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA. I have worked in hospitals o/p centers and crisis
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Maria E. LeBlanc, LICSW

Mr. Peter Michael Corbett, LICSW, M.Ed.
(413) 586-5882
2 Strong Avenue
Northampton, MA
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,ADHD,Anxiety or Fears,Depression,Divorce,Domestic Abuse or Violence,Impulse Control Disorders,Infertility or Adoption,Life Coaching,Relationship Issues
Education
I have 2 Masters Degrees. (1) M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Harvard and (2) Masters in Social Work from Smith College. I also have a number of years training in Psychosynthesis.
Insurance
Yes

John "jack" Bonina
(508) 534-8209
104 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060104 Main Street
Northampton, MA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Divorce
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

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Tips for Raising a Terrific Preschooler

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Tips for Raising a Terrific Preschooler
By Caron B. Goode 
Email kygardner@verizon.net
Mar 23, 2006, 21:59

   

The preschool years are an exciting time for both children and parents. It is the time when children pass through babyhood and enter childhood. During their third and fourth years, children enjoy a great deal of social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth. They become stronger and more in control of their bodies, emotions, and environment. It is in this stage that many pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place, and parents begin to catch glimpses of the person their child is becoming.

Emotions

Between the ages of three and four, children experience tremendous emotional growth. It is in this stage that children begin to understand and label feelings. They understand on a basic level what causes certain feelings, and will offer simple help to those in distress. When a playmate cries or becomes angry, a child may offer a hug or share a special toy. It is important that parents recognize and encourage this emphatic behavior. This will help children develop compassion. It will also help them learn to identify emotions in themselves and in others.

For a preschooler, learning to identify emotions is the first step towards learning how to manage them. When a child can correctly label feelings, he is better able to express himself and his needs. Parents can help children develop this valuable skill through play. Mirror games, face cards, and play acting are all great ways to help children identify their emotions. Reading and storytelling can also be very helpful. Describing why a favorite character feels a certain way is fun and lets children practice expressing emotions.

As preschoolers begin to identify their emotions, there is a notable shift in how they handle themselves. Tantrums, while still present especially during times of stress, become fewer and farther between. This makes it a great time to teach them how to soothe and comfort themselves. Instructing children to use touch or a simple phrase can go a long way in helping them manage anxiety and stress. A mother may place her hand on her heart and then on her child s to let him know that this is the place where she is always with him. Then throughout the day when he needs reassuring, all he needs to do is touch that place to feel comforted. The same goes for words. For instance, if he suffers separation anxiety repeating the phrase Daddy will be back will remind him that all is well, and his father will return.

Friendship

Friendships are very important in the preschool years. Once children begin to understand emotions and their connection to other people, they begin to establish friendships. For three and four year-olds, friendship begins by showing interest in other children and mimicking them. While these children long for playmates, they are just learning the social skills necessar...

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