School Refusal

By Suzyn Jacobson, LCSW Clinical Director, Family Priority, LLC School refusal presents challenges for parents, students and schools. There are many reasons why children refuse to attend school. As a parent, it is important to recognize the function of this behavior in order to determine the particular reinforcement systems that support school refusal. Children may [...]

Strategies to Help with Repetitive Behaviors

Strategies to Help with Repetitive Behaviors M. Ashley Lynch M.Ed., BCBA, LBA Repetitive behaviors. This can be a tough one to treat because children and adults often engage in these behaviors to get internal feedback (like biting your fingernails when you’re nervous). When you can’t control the feedback that someone is receiving, it can be [...]

Why Children and Adolescents Need Structure

By Suzyn Jacobson, Clinical Director Children need predictable rules and routines to make them feel loved and safe. Families sometimes struggle with creating this sense of predictable and reliable routine and structure because they are overwhelmed by the pressing needs of everyday life. Family Priority counselors and therapists assist families in creating consistent [...]

How to Parent With Grace

By Lavinia Michael-Bollinger In our field, it is not uncommon for practitioners to gain accolades from others for the work we do.  We are praised for being kind, dedicated, and having big hearts for working with our children with special needs and their families.  I do not diminish the work that my colleagues and I [...]

I Love Seeing the Difference Family Priority Makes in My Clients’ Lives

By Adriana Young When Family Priority offered me a job, it took a leap of faith to say “yes.” It meant leaving the familiarity of working in a school setting with colleagues I saw each day and moving to an unfamiliar schedule where I had to work independently. Although I had been working as a [...]

Love and laughs: a good book reminds that we have to adapt

By Jenna Garrett Several months ago, a friend asked if I’d read Graeme Simsion’s “The Rosie Project” because it made her think of me. I had two reactions: 1) She’s reading a book when she has a newborn?, and 2) It must be really great, since she’s reading during middle-of-the-night feedings. And it is great. [...]