How does a parent handle teenage sexting and appropriate content online? It is clear when your child doesn’t clean his room or complete homework on a nightly basis and therefore, the communication and discipline that ensues is obvious and direct. How does a parent know what their child’s behavior looks like on the internet when there is […]
About Ali Swillinger
Alexandra Swillinger, MSW, LCSW is a Clinical Social Worker with experience providing clinical services to adolescents and children in an outpatient hospital setting.
Ali believes in a holistic, systems-approach to change and values parental involvement to aid in continued child growth. Because each child is unique, she tailors her treatments to individual needs-- utilizing play, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused therapies to reinforce positive behaviors and healthy images of self. Blending the clinical aspects with the education necessary to the child, families and caregivers is an integral part of her treatment. Ali understands the interplay between children and their environment and strives to make the child's internal and external worlds a healthy breeding ground for an overall enhanced quality of life.
Entries by Ali Swillinger
Helping children navigate their social environment can be challenging terms of developing self-initiation, advocacy, and flexibility skills. What is your role as a parent in facilitating the development of your child’s new friendships? How to Help Your Child Find the Right Friends: Have your child develop a list of “friend criteria” that a peer has […]
Now that the dust has settled and the formation of two separate households has emerged, how do you prepare your child to cope with the changes that occur because of divorce? Even though parenting may appear distinct and different, it is important that co-parenting remain a priority. How each parent arranges their day-to-day affairs can […]
How can a child’s irritable mood, lack of awareness into how their behavior impacts others, and resistance towards engagement in unfavorable tasks be differentiated from age-appropriate/typical behavior to something more serious, like a clinical diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). What is ODD? According to the DSM-V, a diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is […]
Parenting is no easy feat as your job entails educating your child on how to make good choices, recognizing and maximizing your child’s innate capabilities, and teaching the skills necessary to appropriately function in society. While under your tutelage, your child’s behaviors, both positive and negative, can often times feel like a […]
Self-advocacy skills are necessary for children to express their feelings and effectively get their needs met. In some situations, children refrain from speaking up to their peers for fear of being seen as aggressive and offending the other person. As a result, children may agree to situations that they don’t feel comfortable […]
As summer comes to a close, so does the unstructured leisure time and easy living associated with this 3 month break from the norm. Going back to school means going back to a routine and reaffirming expectations for academics, behavior, and overall family standards. Like with any major transition, it will be important to pay […]
For many families, the conversation about medication management to reduce mental health symptoms in children is off the table before the realities of this intervention can be explored. Medication can be a beneficial intervention, in tandem with therapy, to translate the skill development from the clinical setting into positive behavioral changes in […]
Do you feel like a broken record when you ask your child to complete a simple task or standard routine? Whether you’re asking your child to fulfill her typical morning routine or planning ahead for the upcoming weekend, try using a visual schedule to outline your expectations. The benefits of a visual schedule include the […]
When it comes to parenting, whether both parents live under the same roof or not, it is important to provide a united front with regards to discipline, routines, and overall expectations for the child. This called co-parenting. Parental communication with regard to each parent’s value system is critical for the consistency necessary to foster appropriate […]