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Tips for Raising a Terrific Preschooler Weymouth 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.

Ms. Samantha Martinez
(781) 866-9497
21 Totman Street, Suite 203
Quincy, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, C-SSWS
Licensed in Massachusetts
5 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Attachment Disorders
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mr. Jeffrey Bossio
Jeffrey Bossio, LICSW
(781) 347-4714
80 Washington St. Suite C-17
Norwell, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
9 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Autism/PDD, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Asperger's Syndrome, Anger Ma
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Lisa Moore
Lisa Lynelle Moore, Psychotherapy and Consultation
(617) 942-0224
124 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA
Credentials
Credentials: PhD, LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
13 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Multicultural Issues, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Gender Identity, Sexuality Issues, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Caregivers, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Wendy Reich
Arbor Psychotherapy
(617) 327-5770
111 Running Brook Rd.
West Roxbury, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compuls
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Dr. Sid Mondell
Dr. Sid Mondell
(617) 338-9533
294 Washington Street #415
Boston, MA
Credentials
Credentials: PhD
Licensed in Massachusetts
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD
Populations Served
Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Diane Littlefield
Diane Littlefield, LICSW
(781) 878-0800
80 Washington SQ. Suite D-26
Norwell, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Phobias, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues, Po
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Cancer Patients, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Michele Howard
Michele Howard
(617) 947-3040
64 Westbourne Street
Roslindale, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
24 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Caregivers
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Sandra Katz
Sandra M. Katz, LICSW
(617) 277-3241
7 Harris Ave
Jamaica Plain, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
11 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Parenting Issues, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Elder Abuse, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Dr. John Riley
John Riley, PhD
(617) 846-5669
193 Main Street
Winthrop, MA
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D.
Licensed in Massachusetts
31 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Developmental Disability, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Phys
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Disabled
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Robin Warsh
(617) 549-5934
500 Beacon Street
Chestnut Hill, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Personality Disorders, Psych
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Caregivers, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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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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