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Ann Arbor Neuropsychology: Metaphors for the Brain

Posted by on June 26, 2017 in Blog

In the 1960s, a “cognitive revolution” occurred in psychology whereby the computer metaphor for brain function was introduced. Think of this metaphor as a simplified way of understanding how the brain works or an attempt to make sense of something we don’t understand. Unfortunately, metaphors can misrepresent what truly occurs in the brain because they over-simplify. Previous metaphors had attempted to compare the brain to different types of fluids, a wax tablet, a book, a complex machine or a telephone switchboard, which...

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Ann Arbor Neuropsychology: Your Amazing Brain- The Basics

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Interesting facts about your brain: Weighing approximately 3 pounds and consisting of about 80 to 100 billion nerve cells or neurons, your brain can be viewed as a complex machine with different parts performing various functions. The human brain gives you the capacity for language, art and critical thinking. Additionally, it provides each person with an individual personality, specific memories and an understanding of the world around them. Each neuron can have anywhere from 1000 to 10,000 synapses or connections to other neurons. Learning...

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Anxiety and Stress in Children in Ann Arbor: What To Do When Kids Worry: Anxiety and Stress in Children

Posted by on June 2, 2017 in Blog

Jen McCulloch, LMSW Psychotherapist Executive Function Coach Certified School Social Worker   Children may worry about friends, school work, fitting in, or a number of other things. The staff at CNLD are trained to help children identify and manage the feelings of anxiety and stress that can feel overwhelming. But, what can parents do to support their children at home? Talk to your child – Find out what is worrying them. Try to do this in a casual way by asking them about their day or their friends. A good time to talk with kids is while...

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Special Education in Ann Arbor: The In’s and Out’s of an IEP

Posted by on April 11, 2017 in Blog

Lisa Woodcock-Burroughs, Ph.D., NCSP Licensed Clinical Psychologist Special education services are delivered via an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). An IEP can include specialized instruction, related services (i.e. occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, school social work) and school-based accommodations. Some children are able to access adult support, such as paraprofessional support, throughout the school day while transportation and extended school year options are afforded to other students....

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Parent Support in Livingston County: Arc of Livingston Parent Support Group Monthly Meetings

Posted by on March 31, 2017 in Blog

Our friends at the Arc of Livingston are hosting a Parent Support group.  Come join for a chance to get together with other parents of children or adults with disabilities to network, get support and give support. Meetings will include presentations and/or discussions on topics of interest to parents. Date/Time: The third Monday of every month from 6:30-8:00p Location: The Well Church, 2376 Genoa Business Park Drive, Brighton, MI, 48116 Cost: FREE Attendees must RSVP by calling The Arc at (517) 546-1228, or clicking here. If you feel that you...

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Adolescent Depression in Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Depression Center Forum

Posted by on March 3, 2017 in Blog

The University of Michigan’s Depression Center will be hosting a forum entitled “Adolescent Depression, Resiliency and Coping Skills” on Tuesday, March 28th as part of their “Bright Nights Community Forum Series.” The event will be held from 7-8:30p at the Ann Arbor District Library, and is open to the public. Adolescence is a period of great change and great stress. Academics become more challenging, the number of competing responsibilities increase, and navigating the social world becomes more complex. Major...

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ADHD Clinic in Ann Arbor: ADHD and Sleep

Posted by on February 21, 2017 in Blog

Roger E. Lauer, Ph.D. Clinic Director Within the ADHD Clinic at CNLD, we understand the relationship between attention difficulties and sleep is crucial to obtaining an accurate diagnosis for children and adults who are struggling to pay attention and function in their daily lives. This includes explaining the necessity for sleep and its role in healthy functioning, along with differentiating between ADHD symptoms and sleep deprivation problems. We begin by understanding the basics of sleep: Sleep is necessary for life. Sleep is often...

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Ann Arbor Neuropsychology: What is a Neuropsychologist?

Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Blog

Roger E. Lauer, Ph.D Clinic Director At the Center for Neuropsychology, Learning and Development (CNLD), we approach the field of neuropsychology from a strength-based model. People often call our clinic and ask for help in finding out what’s “wrong with them or their child.” Our neuropsychological assessments absolutely can point out the areas in which a person has less strong abilities-but we also find and emphasize the strengths of our clients. Doing so allows the areas of strength to be built upon in order to address the...

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ADHD in Ann Arbor: UCCF ADHD and Learning Disabilities Workshops

Posted by on February 9, 2017 in Blog

The University of Michigan Center for the Child and Family (UCCF)  is hosting a workshop series entitled ” ADHD and Learning Disabilities Workshops.” This workshop series creates a welcoming environment to learn more about ADHD and learning disabilities, time to connect with other parents and guardians, and practical ways to apply what you learn in the workshops at home and with the schools. When: Each session is from 7:00-8:15p.  They are scheduled for the following dates: Mon., February 27th Tue., March 7th Thur., March 16th...

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ADHD in Ann Arbor: Is it ADHD or Anxiety?

Posted by on February 6, 2017 in Blog

Jen McCulloch, LMSW You may already be familiar with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, and the symptoms associated with the diagnosis. If a child struggles with inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and/or difficulty managing emotions then the question of ADHD can start to surface.  The next course of action may be to consult with the pediatrician, school professional or a mental health professional. What may not be as obvious is that ADHD symptoms can mimic those of other diagnoses. ADHD is often present along with...

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