PSP 219: How to Help a Child with Both Autism and OCD

PSP 219: How to Help a Child with Both Autism and OCD

How to Help a Child with Both Autism and OCD Many parents who are raising children with both Autism and OCD find themselves in a no man’s land of sorts. Professionals treating Autism don’t always understand OCD and those treating OCD don’t always understand Autism. Ugh. What a struggle. That is why talking to Dr. Rebecca Sachs is like talking to a rare unicorn. Her […]

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How to Help Teens Overcome a Fear of Driving

How to Help Teens Overcome a Fear of Driving

How to Help Teens Overcome a Fear of Driving “I’ll do it tomorrow.” That’s what many of us hear when we are trying to coax our teens to start practicing driving. And who can blame them, even teens without anxiety are scared to drive! But avoidance will only grow the fear over time.  In this week’s Youtube video, I talk to teens about their fear […]

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PSP 218: The Power of Helping Your Child’s Anxiety by Working on Your Own

PSP 218: The Power of Helping Your Child’s Anxiety by Working on Your Own

The Power of Helping Your Child’s Anxiety by Working on Your Own Anxiety and OCD doesn’t live in a bubble, it lives in our house. As parents we have to walk the walk and talk the talk. But what does that mean? It means tapping into our own fears, regardless of whether we have anxiety or OCD ourselves. It means knowing ourselves and the human […]

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PSP 217: Helping Kids Who Struggle to Eat with ARFID and OCD

PSP 217: Helping Kids Who Struggle to Eat with ARFID and OCD

Helping Kids Who Struggle to Eat with ARFID and OCD OCD is scary enough, but when it starves your child it is alarming. That is how it feels when OCD goes for the one thing your child can’t live without – food.  In this episode of the AT Parenting Survival Podcast I talk about ARFID and OCD. ARFID stands for Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder […]

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How to Help Your Kids Travel with Anxiety

How to Help Your Kids Travel with Anxiety

How to Help Your Kids Travel with Anxiety It can be touch and go traveling with any child, but when you add anxiety to the mix it can get tricky! As we travel around this summer we are dealing with not only my own anxiety, but all of my children’s anxieties as well! With three kids, with three completely different issues, it seemed as if […]

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PSP 216: Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD Develop Self-Compassion

PSP 216: Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD Develop Self-Compassion

Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD Develop Self-Compassion Kids with anxiety and OCD often struggle with self-love and self-compassion. It is developmentally common for all kids to struggle with self-compassion, but when you have anxiety and OCD it can be even harder. In this episode of the AT Parenting Survival Podcast I talk with Madina Alam, a Clinical Advisor with NOCD about how we, as […]

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How to Overcome OCD: What Many People Get Wrong

How to Overcome OCD: What Many People Get Wrong

OHow to Overcome OCD: What Many People Get Wrong Often in my practice people asked, “Natasha, when will the OCD thoughts and feelings go away?” I would tell them they are asking the wrong question. What they should be asking is, “When will I be able to handle the discomfort these thoughts and feelings cause?” Because that is really what we are doing in OCD […]

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PSP 215: Helping Anxious Kids Through the Summer

PSP 215: Helping Anxious Kids Through the Summer

Helping Anxious Kids Through the Summer Summer is supposed to be relaxing and fun. But anxiety and OCD do not take a break just because it’s summer. In this episode of the AT Parenting Survival Podcast I talk about ways to set up routine and structure to help reduce anxiety. I also talk about other possible struggles and how to deal with them as we […]

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OCD and Numbers: How to Help Our Kids Break Free

OCD and Numbers: How to Help Our Kids Break Free

OCD and Numbers: How to Help Our Kids Break Free Numbers can imprison our kids and turn them into counting machines. Often kids with OCD will have a favorite number or set of numbers. They might have a hated number or set of numbers. They might have to do things in evens or odds, but never both. In this week’s Youtube video, I talk to […]

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PSP 214: Interview with Dr. Shefali | Helping Mothers Turn Pain into Power

PSP 214: Interview with Dr. Shefali | Helping Mothers Turn Pain into Power

Interview with Dr. Shefali | Helping Mothers Turn Pain into Power Dr. Shefali is a prominent clinical psychologist and the New York Times best selling author of The Conscious Parent and The Awakened Family. In her new book, A Radical Awakening, she talks to women about how to take their pain and turn it into power.  According to Oprah Winfrey, “The world needs to know. […]

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PSP 213: When You Hit Compassion Fatigue with Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD

PSP 213: When You Hit Compassion Fatigue with Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD

When You Hit Compassion Fatigue with Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD None of us signed up to raise a child with anxiety or OCD. It wasn’t what we dreamed of when we poured over all the pregnancy and parenting books. And yet, here we all are, trying to not only survive, but thrive with our kids and their struggles. What happens when compassion runs dry? […]

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PSP 212: How Understanding Anxiety & OCD Themes Can Help Your Child

PSP 212: How Understanding Anxiety & OCD Themes Can Help Your Child

How Understanding Anxiety & OCD Themes Can Help Your Child Anxiety and OCD come in many flavors. Often we even name these flavors with various titles like symmetry OCD, Harm OCD, Separation Anxiety, Emetophobia etc.  Does it really matter what theme of anxiety or OCD my child has? Yes and no.  There are pitfalls to wearing blinders and only focusing on your child’s anxiety or […]

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PSP 207: How to Help Kids Who are Scared of Bugs

PSP 207: How to Help Kids Who are Scared of Bugs

How to Help Kids Who are Scared of Bugs Many kids and even adults are scared of bugs. But for some of our kids it goes way beyond that. Perhaps they won’t go outside, won’t go to the park or won’t go swimming because of their fear of insects. Maybe they are worried about taking a shower or a bath or even going to the […]

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PSP 206: How Self-Esteem Plays a Role in Kids with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 206: How Self-Esteem Plays a Role in Kids with Anxiety or OCD

 How Self-Esteem Plays a Role in Kids with Anxiety or OCD Anxiety and OCD will often take a swing at our child’s self-esteem. It can do that with the anxious or intrusive thoughts it bombards them with. It can do that by paralyzing them with fear, as they watch their peers not struggle.  It can also be present alongside anxiety or OCD. It can help […]

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PSP 205: Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD Cope with Grief or Trauma

PSP 205: Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD Cope with Grief or Trauma

Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD Cope with Grief or Trauma  It’s hard enough to have anxiety or OCD, but what happens when your child is hit with grief or trauma? It can feel like a muddy, chaotic mess.  Unfortunately life happens and so do tragedies. Our kids are not immune to life happening to them, I wish they were.  Anxiety and OCD are opportunistic. […]

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