Circle of Security Parenting

Our Our Circle of Security™ Parenting group is for care givers of children ages 0-6. This 8-week class teaches care givers to strengthen their relationship with their children, be present even during the toughest of times, and make sense of challenging behaviors.” – see flyer for more content info…

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Information on Covid-19

Ptarmigan Connections is aware of and concerned with the anticipated public health threat of Covid-19 in the Mat-Su Valley. We understand that this is a stressful time for many families for a variety of reasons, and we want to provide some reassurance that we are working with you to get through this! Question: Should I…

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SMART Goals for a New Year

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Many people choose to create New Year resolutions. Thinking about goals for the New Year can be a fun family activity, especially when choosing wellness goals. Consider talking to your child about a SMART goal this year. S – Specific M – Measurable A – Attainable R – Realistic T – Time-bound Specific versus vague…

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Ptarmigan Connections Welcomes Dr. Michelle Grimes, PhD, and Ellen Kelsey, M.S. CCC-SLP to our Team!

L. Michelle Grimes, PhD

Welcome to Dr. Michelle Grimes and Ellen Kelsey We would like to welcome our new Psychologist, Dr. Michelle Grimes and our Speech-Language Pathologist, Ellen Kelsey to our team of providers!   Learn more about Dr. Grimes and Ellen Kelsey below. L. Michelle Grimes, PhD Psychologist Dr. Michelle Grimes is a licensed psychologist with specialty training…

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October 10th is Depression Screening Day

Depression Screening Day The Thursday of the first full week of October, is National Depression Screening Day (NDSD). The goal of this day is to increase awareness and provide screening for depression, anxiety and other mood disorders (, 2018). Various organizations such as hospitals, government organizations, secondary schools, colleges, community centers, military installations, and older…

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August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month!

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As children spend more time looking at screens there is a growing concern about potential harm to their vision. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (2019) provides 10 tips to help protect your child’s eyes from computer strain Set a kitchen timer or a smart device timer to remind them. Alternate reading an e-book with a…

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July is UV Safety Month!

July UV Safety Month

Summer has arrived and while the sun is shining bright it’s a golden time to highlight July as UV Safety Awareness Month! With as much sunlight as we get in our wonderful state during the summer months it is important to remember to protect your skin and eyes from the damaging effects of the sun.…

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The Health Connection: May 2019

What is Mental Health? Mental health is our emotional, psychological and social well-being.  How we deal with stress, interact with others and our ability to make healthy choices is affected by our mental health.  What is physical health?  Physical health is the state of being free from illness or injury.  Much of what we do…

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