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Murphy Psychology Group
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We offer a relationship and strength-based approach to psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.
We offer a relationship and strength-based approach to psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.

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10-Session Workshop: Support for Parents of LD Teens Preparing for College. You don't have to face it alone. the transition from high school to college is often stressful for even the best students and their concerned parents. Our workshop prepares parents of students of learning differences for the changes and challenges ahead. (1 day/wk, 10 wks, $80/wk). Contact Julia Murphy (818) 388-1526. Julia@MurphyPsychologyGroup.com.
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Start the new year with our 10-week workshop for parents of challenging children with learning differences, ADHD or behavioral issues. We run mother's and couple's groups for parents of elementary through high schoolers. We'll help you improve your relationship with your child with easily grasped strategies and techniques You'll understand the role of healthy relationships in brain development. We will also help you establish reasonable expectations with a calm, problem-solving approach.
Info@MurphyPsychologyGroup.com                     offices in Tarzana, CA
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One of the challenges of correctly diagnosing and treating children with learning difficulties is that for years we have studied the brain in isolation rather than in a social context.  The brain develops in a social context.  Learning difficulties are not necessarily a function of some inherent problem in the child.  Instead, learning challenges are the result of an interaction between the chid and the demands in his or her environments.  The accelerated academic curriculums in our schools frequently place demands on developmental skills and capacities that are not age appropriate for all children.  The danger here is that when a child is not able to keep pace in various academic domains, he or she is vulnerable to being pathologized.  Careful attention has to be paid to the appropriateness of demands and adjustments should be made where it is deemed necessary.   The rigorous nature of academic demands in our schools is one contributing factor to the signficant increase in the number of children identified as having learning difficulties.
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Did you know your infant and you are hardwired on a cellular level to be emotionally connected to each other?  To read more visit my website http://murphypsychologygroup.com/?p=426

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IMPORTANT TIPS TO PARENTING

With the busy schedules parents juggle, few of us can find the time to read an entire parenting book. Sometimes biting off just a little bit of wisdom is enough to start navigating your family’s day with more mindful ease.

1. LISTEN. Be an attentive audience. Take the time to listen to your child’s concerns, ideas and stories.

2. ENCOURAGE. Be sure to praise your child in response to her good efforts. Try to have praise outweigh corrections or discipline.

3. OPEN UP. Share information about yourself to help normalize your child’s experiences.

4. PLAY. Find time to bond over activities you both enjoy. Finding something you like, too, increases the likelihood that you will make time for your child.

To Read More, go to:
http://murphypsychologygroup.com/?p=409

#parentingtips #teachingandlearning #bondingwithmyfamily  

MANAGING HOMEWORK CHALLENGES - WORKSHOP

Homework is an important topic on the minds of most parents today. On November 6th, I am looking forward to speaking to the parents of Campbell Hall, one of Los Angeles' premier private, college preparatory schools for students K-12.

I plan to share my insight and experience on the subject with more area schools.

Schools place a heavy emphasis on children completing homework independently.  While most of us would agree that this is a worthy objective, we might not agree on just how to move children toward this goal.  Children have a natural drive for mastery over appropriate developmental tasks.  With mastery comes confidence that allows
them to take on the next challenge.  However, when challenges confronting children exceed their developmental capacities, they become vulnerable to frustration, discouragement and potential failure, unless they receive some assistance to develop the skills they need to succeed.   Many kids experience these homework
difficulties, especially when you consider the volume and complexity of the work they are expected to complete.

In this workshop I will help parents:

* understand the various reasons students struggle with homework
* learn when and how to assist with homework
* understand the difference between collaborating with your child and enabling them
   to be overly reliant on you
* discuss strategies for setting up an effective homework structure
* identify when tutoring support is necessary

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Campbell Hall
4533 Laurel Canyon Blvd.,
North Hollywood, CA 91607.   

#parenting   #homeworkhelp   #children  
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