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Crossing Midline to help grades and behaviors

Posted by Jacquelyn Mulkey on September 22, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

As we go from an educational culture focused on child development to one focused mainly on academic achievement, brain development activities are actually being missed. Although I can understand the idea of focusing on academics to try and catch up with the many countries that are ahead of the United States in education, we are missing the boat if we think bypassing brain development is the answer.

Research shows midline crossing is tied to higher learning skills such as speech, languag...

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Ten Rules for Coping with Anxiety

Posted by Jacquelyn Mulkey on January 26, 2017 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Since we deal with quirky (different and unique in a good way) kids, they have many challenges with Anxitey.

Here are Ten Rules for Coping with Anxiety 

1. Remember, feelings of anxiety are just exaggerations of normal bodily stress reactions.

2. Sensations are neither harmful nor dangerous - just unpleasant. Nothing worse will happen.

3. Stop adding to the panic with frightening thoughts of where anxiety will lead.

4. Stay in the present. Be awa...

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New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Jacquelyn Mulkey on January 6, 2017 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (2)

For two or three years, it has been STRONGLY suggested to me that I could reach many more people through blogging. Since I had never even seen a computer until high school, I have to admit I have been quite resistent to this idea. But having my own children ages 3 and 5 has me looking at more technological means to reaching out. So my professional new years resolution for 2017 is going to be blogging. My goal is weekly but I have to admit that if I could just get one blog a month out, I would...

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Ten New Years Tips for College Students

Posted by Jacquelyn Mulkey on January 8, 2015 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

1. Set goals. It’s difficult to arrive at a final destination when you’re unsure of what it is and what it takes to achieve.

2. Use a schedule/planner. It’s easy to forget assignment due dates, test days, and other important information when it’s not written down. Use your phone, computer or a plain old-fasioned planner.

3. Know your learning style. Develop strategies for overcoming learning challenges (i.e. record the lecture, take a photo of the boar...

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Adult Autism, Avoidance and Depression

Posted by Jacquelyn Mulkey on January 7, 2015 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

In my work with adults on the spectrum I help adult clients take a look at a big theme: avoidance.


Avoidance is a theme, but not a constant pattern. I've worked with many clients who, once they're interested in a task or problem, are the hardest workers I've ever known.


Yet these same clients may struggle with avoidance when it comes to everything from personal hygiene to buying Christmas presents. It's puzzling to those around them, and even more puzz...

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