We get ya, parents. We get ya, children.

Tonight I was asked to do a talk on Developmental Coordination Disorders and the impact on academics, behavior, and emotional functioning at an ADDA-SR Parent Support Group. I love talking all things to do with learning disabilities, AD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, etc. I’m passionate about helping all individuals succeed academically, emotional, and socially. However, even I knew tonight’s talk might be a bit boring. However, tonight reinforced what I tell many of my child clients, we need a flexible brain. I knew immediately with the small, intimate group that a lecture wasn’t what was needed; we need deep and meaningful conversation. Parents needed to know they aren’t alone during this challenging time in parenthood. It ended up being a meaningful conversation on what to do when it all feels too much or too heavy, how to make it through the tough days and how to navigate the school system. We laughed, we shared, we allowed everyone to feel heard. Having a flexible brain means that we don’t force life to match our expectations, instead we bend, move, and flow in order to make the life that comes our way into the most meaningful experience.

Tonight matched my passions. I love working with children. When I hear a parent tell me their child has AD/HD and/or behavioral difficulties, I know that there is good work that can be done. Immediately, I recognize that self-esteem can be improved and healthy coping skills can be taught through behavioral and play therapy. I also love working with parents. Parenthood brings the most incredible and beautiful experiences. It brings life, but for some it is an ending, too. It’s an ending of a carefree life. It is an ending to being able to put yourself and/or career first. It’s an ending to devoting all your time to your marriage and/or friendships. Parents often find themselves lost during the time of new beginnings and endings. I love to be a part of the journey to finding a new meaning and purpose in their world.

Feel free to email, amyrollo@heightsfamilycounseling.com, to see if I would be a good fit to work with you and/or your child.

Written by Amy Rollo, M.A., LSSP, LPC-S

Amy Rollo is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and owner of Heights Family Counseling. Amy has been practicing for fifteen years. She has doctoral level training in the areas of child and adolescent counseling, marriage and family therapy, and adult counseling. Amy Rollo provides counseling and evaluation services in the Houston Heights and surrounding areas. Amy’s goal in counseling is to journey with her clients in order to foster positive changes and growth in their lives. Read more about Amy's counseling style by visiting www.heightsfamilycounseling.com and read more about her services http://heightsfamilycounseling.com/services-1/