PSP 131: Sensorimotor OCD | When Kids Get too Focused on Breathing, Blinking, Swallowing and Peeing

PSP 131: Sensorimotor OCD | When Kids Get too Focused on Breathing, Blinking, Swallowing and Peeing

We all do many things without a conscious thought. Our heart beats. Our food is digested. Our breath goes in and then goes out. Our eyes lids go up and then they go down. Our bladder constantly fills. But what happens when your attention constantly goes to these automatic behaviors? Welcome to the torturous world of Sensorimotor OCD.

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PSP 130: Why Our Child’s Anxiety, OCD or Behaviors are Worse for Us

PSP 130: Why Our Child’s Anxiety, OCD or Behaviors are Worse for Us

In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast episode, I talk about why many of our kids with anxiety or OCD have the hardest time when they are us. And why it often has nothing to do with the parenting.

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PSP 129: Putting the Spotlight on Childhood Moral & Harm OCD with Aaron Harvey

PSP 129: Putting the Spotlight on Childhood Moral & Harm OCD with Aaron Harvey

A young girl worries she might stick out her middle finger, so she goes around keeping her hands in tight fists. Another boy worries he’ll go to hell if he lies, so he can’t even answer a simple question. A teenager boy is fearful he is staring at his teacher’s breasts, so he looks at the floor the entire day. And the saddest part? No one knows these kids are even suffering. Not their parents, not their teachers, not their friends.

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PSP 128: Learn How Hormones Can Play a Role in Parental Anxiety

PSP 128: Learn How Hormones Can Play a Role in Parental Anxiety

Do you suffer from some parental anxiety? Have you gotten more anxious as you’ve gotten older? Do you attribute it to the chaos and stress you experience raising kids with anxiety or OCD? Well, you might be missing one key culprit…hormones!

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PSP 127: How to Help a Child with Lockdown Drills & Why it Should be Discussed

PSP 127: How to Help a Child with Lockdown Drills & Why it Should be Discussed

The kids are huddled in the corner of the room. It is dark. It is quiet. They are told not to talk. They are told to hide behind objects and lock the classroom door. Some kids are shaking. Some kids have wide eyes. This is not an emergency situation. These are lockdown drills.

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PSP 126: Child Anxiety from a Father’s Perspective

PSP 126: Child Anxiety from a Father’s Perspective

We all see anxiety differently. We bring our own baggage, or own history and our own issues along for the ride. Often moms and dads see anxiety differently. Sometimes it can be the source of disagreements and hurt feelings. And sometimes it can open our eyes to a new way of looking at things. How often do we view child anxiety from a father’s perspective?

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PSP 125: Don’t Treat Your Child’s Sensory Related Anxiety the Same as their Other Anxiety Issues

PSP 125: Don’t Treat Your Child’s Sensory Related Anxiety the Same as their Other Anxiety Issues

Bumpy socks, lumpy food, loud noises, large crowds, startling automatic toilet flushers… are just a few things that can completely overwhelm some of our anxious kids. But don’t make the mistake of putting them in the same category with all your child’s other anxiety issues.

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PSP 124: How Your Childhood Influences How You Parent an Anxious Child

PSP 124: How Your Childhood Influences How You Parent an Anxious Child

You are learning how to be a parent from a very young age, even from toddlerhood. Seriously! Everything you see, every interaction you have, will impact how you parent your own children. This can be inspiring or daunting depending on what type of childhood you had. But regardless of whether it was good, bad or in between you get to decide how your childhood influences your parenting. This is especially true when you parent an anxious child.

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PSP 123: Developing Good Incentives to Get Kids to Work on Anxiety or OCD

PSP 123: Developing Good Incentives to Get Kids to Work on Anxiety or OCD

When we ask our kids to face their fears, it can be like asking them to jump off a cliff. Swim with sharks. Jump out of an airplane. All of which I know I would never want to do. That is why offering good incentives is key when trying to get kids to work on anxiety or OCD.

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PSP 122: How to Handle Sibling Fighting

PSP 122: How to Handle Sibling Fighting

The bickering, the fighting, the taunting and teasing. It is enough to drive a parent to the brink of insanity. Seriously! So how you are supposed to handle sibling fighting? Is there some magic fairy dust to make it all go away?

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PSP 121: Handling Oppositional Behavior in a Child with OCD or Anxiety

PSP 121: Handling Oppositional Behavior in a Child with OCD or Anxiety

They dig their heels in. They refuse to go. They refuse to eat. They refuse to move. Oppositional behavior in a child with OCD or anxiety can be all consuming.

So, what are you supposed to do?

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PSP 120: When Your Child with Anxiety or OCD Needs to Control the House

PSP 120: When Your Child with Anxiety or OCD Needs to Control the House

Anxiety or OCD can make you feel like you house has been hijacked. It can make you feel like your home is not your own. Having a child with anxiety or OCD can often mean, having a controlling child.

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PSP 119: The Important Role of ERP in the Treatment of OCD with Martin Hsia

PSP 119: The Important Role of ERP in the Treatment of OCD with Martin Hsia

People will try to treat OCD with many different approaches. Treatment of OCD can include the use of talk therapy, play therapy, biofeedback or EMDR. But the truth of the matter is, OCD will not improve significantly without ERP, Exposure Response Prevention.

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PSP 118: What it is Like Growing Up with OCD with John Tessitore

PSP 118: What it is Like Growing Up with OCD with John Tessitore

Have you ever wondered what your child with OCD is going through? What their life is like growing up with OCD?

I had the pleasure of talking to John Tessitore, the founder of the JCK Foundation. He was willing to get raw with me and share some personal details of what life was like growing up with thoughts he hid from the outside world.

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PSP 117: Helping a Child with Selective Mutism

PSP 117: Helping a Child with Selective Mutism

Don’t feel alone raising a child with anxiety or OCD. Tell me your biggest struggle and I will give you a video tip and resource guide based on your particular needs. YES! PLEASE HELP Helping a Child with Selective Mutism Selective Mutism can hide behind labels like “shy” and often gets missed by parents, educators and even therapists. I had the pleasure of talking to […]

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