Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SibShops - Presented by Needham Youth Services

Needham Youth Services offers program for Siblings of Children with Special Needs

Do you have a child with special needs? Are you interested in getting support for his or her sibling(s)? Needham Youth Services is excited to present “Sibshops,” a FREE workshop for siblings of children with special needs. “Sibshops” is a place for siblings to obtain peer support and education, in a recreational setting. This workshop is geared towards siblings in 3rd to 6th grade, of children with special needs. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 23rd from 9:30am to 12:30pm. To apply or for more information, please contact Adina Alpert, Clinical Intern at Needham Youth Services at 781-455-7500 extension 268 or by email

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Preparing for the Boston Marathon Bombings Anniversary

As we enter the month of April, and in doing so approach the date of last year's Boston Marathon and the actual Marathon this year on the Monday of school vacation week, some of us may experience a rise in thoughts and emotions related to last year's difficult events surrounding the Marathon.  Surely we may anticipate images and reporting in the media in the weeks to come.  Please take a minute and visit the page below for some helpful ideas in preparation for these weeks ahead.

Riverside Trauma Center Newsletter - Boston Marathon Bombings Anniversary

I encourage all of us to minimize our children's exposure to the media in the coming weeks, especially for children who tend to be anxious or who are sensitive to their sense of safety.  It is advisable to keep the television off, limit their exposure to news on devises, and refrain from discussing these matters in their hearing.  Children who are anxious tend to be hyperalert.  Even if they are a room away, they may be listening to our conversations, especially if we sound stressed or anxious.

If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to your pediatrician or school counselor.  I am sure they would be happy to help support your family through these times!