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Pediatric Developmental and Behavioral Services, Wasilla, Alaska

Talking to your child about a Natural Disaster

December 4, 2018

On Friday, November 30th, Southcentral Alaska was rocked with a strong and devastating earthquake.  At this time, the Anchorage and Mat-Su Valley area professionals have responded quickly and promptly to the overall devastation. Parents, though, are often met with an immediate and important question, ‘How do I make sure my child is safe and okay…

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Attention and Self-Regulation Group, Ptarmigan Connections, Wasilla, Alaska

Boys Self-Regulation Group: October – December 2018

October 10, 2018

Join our next Teen Boys Group! This helpful group will teach middle school boys skills to help boost attention and executive functioning. Teens will learn new skills, engage in team-building fun, and bring home ideas for carryover. A pre-screening interview is necessary to join the group. Most private insurances and Denali Kid Care (Medicaid) will…

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Girls Expressive Arts Group: October – December 2018

October 10, 2018

Join our next Girls Group! A fun therapy group will teach middle school girls skills to help boost resilience and self-regulation. The group will meet and incorporate art, games, and learning once a week from October through December 2018. A pre-screening interview is necessary to join the group. Most private insurances and Denali Kid Care…

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Physical Therapist Month – October 2018

October 9, 2018

Physical therapist are licensed healthcare professionals who are highly educated. Their roles include assisting patient in managing various conditions. They are highly skilled in helping patients reduce pain and improve daily activities such as mobility. Physical therapist educates patients on ways to prevent and/or manage their conditions (apta.org, 2018). Skills such as developing unique treatment…

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Talking About Sexual Assault with Your Child

September 30, 2018

It is very common to have a hard time discussing sexual assault, as typically it may lead to questions and conversations about sex.  While there is not ever a ‘right’ time to talk about it, the best time to discuss it is as early as possible. Here are 10 key points to address when talking…

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

September 24, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that “childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue.” We at Ptarmigan agree with this statement, and are committed to ending childhood maltreatment in…

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What is Aphasia?

June 19, 2018

It’s finally June! Warm weather, sunshine, outdoor activities… the reasons why June is a wonderful month go on and on. But what you might not know about June is that it’s Aphasia Awareness Month. You’re not in the minority if you’re asking yourself “What’s Aphasia?”. Statistics show that 84.5 % of people have never heard…

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What is Metabolic Syndrome?

May 30, 2018

Many psychotropic medications have side effects that increase what we call metabolic syndrome – a variety of health issues such as: obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes etc. These can be a big disappointment when medication has been so helpful and you’re doing all you can to become more healthy!       The…

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