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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month: June 2019

June 4, 2019

The best way to observe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Month is to take the time to understand the experiences and day to day realities of those around you who may be suffering from PTSD.

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The Health Connection: May 2019

May 8, 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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Dental Care for Expecting Moms, Babies, and Kids

December 26, 2018

Taking care of your children’s teeth is very important for their dental future.  Finding a pediatric dentist dental home by the age of 1 allows for teaching about brushing, fluoride, diet, and bottle feeding/nursing to help prevent cavities. If you need help finding a Dentist, speak with your child’s pediatrician for recommendations. Here is a…

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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 (, 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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