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Tips for Raising a Terrific Preschooler Gary IN

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.

Mrs. Elizabeth Elgersma
Chicago Christian Counseling Center
(708) 596-9555
16107 La Salle St.
South Holland, IL
Credentials
Credentials: L.C.S.W.
Licensed in Illinois
26 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Life Transitions
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Ellen Wiggins
(708) 206-2755
18154 Martin Ave. Suite 3
Homewood, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
19 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Dual Diagnosis, Life Transitions, Wo
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Ginger Wegner
Ginger Wegner, LCSW
(219) 696-3594
1040 East Commercial Ave.
Lowell, IN
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Indiana
16 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ryan Parsons-Rozycki
(219) 989-2366
Hammond, IN
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Nathaniel Gilham
(708) 225-1237
South Holland, IL
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Counselor Education, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mr. LaMont Taylor
TCA Health, Inc. -NFP
(773) 995-6300
1029 E. 130th Street
Chicago, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, ACSW
Licensed in Illinois
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Stress, Anger Management
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Barbara Daubenspeck
Barbara Daubenspeck LCSW
(708) 466-6284
3612 West Lincoln Highway Suite 4
Olympia Fields, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
33 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Life Transitions
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Marjorie Jones
(219) 718-8662
Hobart, IN
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Melanie C Benes
(708) 371-1880
Schererville, IN
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mrs. Diann C Binns
(219) 293-8364
2005 Valparaiso St
Valparaiso, IN
Specialties
Loss or Grief, Self Esteem, Divorce
Qualification
School: Indiana University
Year of Graduation: 2005
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$70 - $80
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

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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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