Lepage Associates Newsletter
Mental Health Matters August 2008
Lepage Associates
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In This Issue
Home Alone
Back to School Preparation
Making Friends
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Monthly Reader
Each month we will recommend a book that someone at our practice has found useful. This month's book is:
Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me: The Top 25 Friendship Problems and How to Solve them by Michele Borba, Ed.D.
For other reading suggestions check out our resources page.
When is it Safe to Leave Your Children Home Alone?
As there are no legal guidelines regarding this questions, the decision to leave your child at home should be made on an individual basis.
In order to make this decision ask yourself the following questions:

How mature is your child?

How long will you need to leave them alone?

Will they have access to anything dangerous at home? 

Does your child know what to do in an emergency?

For more information on this topic please visit our website at:


It's time to go back to school. Let us help you and your children prepare for the year ahead.


Back to School Preparation:
How Parents Can Help!

The summer is just about over, and thus the school routine is about to start. Smooth transitions can be accomplished if the adults who care for children try to view the situation from the child's perspective. Here are some tips on what you can do to make going back to school a pleasurable experience.

  1. Prepare in advance. Help your child know what to expect and if there will be any changes to anticipate.
  2. Read books about school to your child. Reading books with children is a great way to introduce any experience. They can see how other children beginning school or a new program have the same feelings of uncertainty and how they overcome them. 
  3. Talk about feelings. Encourage your children to talk about their feelings and help them put a positive spin on going back to school. 
  4. Be there. Be involved with dropping off and picking up from school, especially the first couple of days. 
  5. Let teachers and counselors know what's going on. If there have been any significant changes or stressors, the school can be an excellent support system. 
  6. Develop a checklist to help get you and your child ready for school.

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Social Skills and Making Friends:
How Parents Can Help!
As the school year quickly approaches, some children may be nervous about making friends at school, especially if they will be starting a new school. The following tips can help your child feel more comfortable and confident in making friends.
Help your child practice introducing themselves to someone they would like to get to know better. Make sure to include important aspects of introductions like appropriate personal
space, making eye contact, and smiling.
Once your child has mastered his or her introduction, move on to chit chat topics. Help your child brainstorm appropriate chit chat topics that can help start a conversation. Some examples include favorite television shows or activities your child likes to do with other children. Role play with your child, taking turns starting conversations until your child is able to start a conversation comfortably.
Another helpful skill to learn when making friends is identifying emotions through facial expressions and body language. This is important because it helps us accurately determine how to approach and talk to others. Let your child know that it is equally important to accurately portray how he or she is feeling so others know how to approach and talk to him or her as well. You can practice identifying emotions (make sure to include happy, mad, sad, and scared) with your child by asking him or her to guess how you or other family members are feeling based on facial expressions. Another great way to help your child become more aware of facial expressions is to stand with your child in front of a mirror and practice making various facial expressions with him or her. Help your child "perfect" his or her facial expressions and encourage your child to give you feedback on your facial expressions.

If you feel your child could benefit from additional practice in social skills, contact Dr. Nicole Imbraguglio to find out more information about Social Skills groups.

www.lepageassociates.comPlease join us for the Health and Happiness Fair at Sutton Station on October 4th from 11-2pm.
We will have a raffle for free weeks at vacation homes including Bald Head Island. 

We will have local businesses involved in a silent auction to benefit NAMI. Please visit our website for more details at: www.lepageassociates.com.