Imaginary Friends

Get a little creeped out when you hear your child having a conversation with thin air?  Experts once believed that having an imaginary friend was a sign that something was wrong in a child’s life.  They hypothesized that children who dreamed up imaginary friends were isolated, socially incompetent or lonely.  Yet, it seems that the […]

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The impact of child abuse on the developing brain

Child abuse is an especially poignant topic in South Africa.  In 2012 there were over 50 000 reported incidences of violence against children. An even scarier statistic is that, on average, 3 children are murdered in SA every day. The impact of child abuse on adult survivors is varied.  Experts have known for years that […]

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Homework tips for parents

The topic of homework often comes up in my office and in general parents and children are equal in expressing their dislike for this after-school activity.  Teachers argue that the purpose of homework is to reinforce what has already been taught in class and that it gives the child an opportunity to consolidate the information […]

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