MFS Blog

McCaskill Family Services' Psychology Blog.


Check out the newest blogs from our MFS staff! Learn about relevant psychological topics, our treatments, and get inspired. Happy Reading! 


Empty Nest: Now what?

By: Karla VanAssche As a child who loved school, the end of summer was always a time of excitement over school supplies and new “school clothes”.  Who doesn’t remember showing up for the first day of classes in the...

Common OCD Misconceptions: Debunked

By: Jaclyn Rink, MSCP, LLP You’ve probably heard someone say the following “Ugh! Sorry!  I am SO OCD about that!” In our everyday language, people often use this phrase as a way to highlight frustrations with cleanliness...

Sensory Processing Issues In Children

By: Dr. Pamela McCaskill, Ph.D. I am often asked “does my child have sensory processing disorder?” My quick answer is “No” because that is not an actual term and should not be diagnosed.  However sensory processing...

Social Bonding During Summer

                                   By: Emily Brzak, LLP I’d take a guess that the past few school years (pre-pandemic, pandemic, and...

Assistive Technology for Dyslexia

by: Emily Kavanagh, MS, LLP Individuals with dyslexia are often creative, out-of-the-box thinkers with the ability to problem-solve in ways that others may not think of.  Some of the world’s greatest inventors, teachers, entertainers,...

The Problem Solving Proces

                              By Dr. Amanda Klingensmith, Ph. D. A common problem that many children and teens encounter when they are spending a lot of time with friends...

ABC'S of Reducing Emotional Vulnerability

A Proactive Tool for Managing Negative Emotions from DBT By: Jaclyn Rink   Try accumulating positives that impact you in both the short-term and long term. Short Term: Do pleasant things that are possible now (e.g., play a fun...

5 Tips for Coping with Grief and Loss

The experience of grief and loss is highly individualized. There is no cookie-cutter amount of time grieving lasts, nor is there a step-by-step foolproof plan to eliminate the often painful feelings associated with loss. However, there are many tips...

Fill Up Your Gas Tank: 50 Simple Self-Care Ideas

Fill Up Your Gas Tank: 50 Simple Self-Care Ideas  I hear it every day, “Jaclyn, I don’t have time for self-care.” With our lives being as busy as they are, I can completely understand this. We are trying to simultaneously...

10 Tips for Getting the ZZZzz's Back on Track

By Truc Nyguen, MS, LLP We all know one thing for certain… getting kids back on their normal sleep schedule during the school year is a crucial (and super frustrating) aspect for school success. We know that sleep plays an extremely...
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