Camp Counselor Quandary

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Dear Rivkie,

 I am a teenage girl and I applied to work as a counselor at a camp that has an inclusion program. At this camp, neurotypical kids as well as kids with neurological differences or disorders like Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and Tourette syndrome live together and do activities together. My job would be as a counselor in a bunk with both “types” of children, and I am anxious about working with the kids who may require more attention. What if I get into situations I’m not prepared for? What if I have trouble relating to them, or they don’t like me? Basically, what if I’m a massive failure?

Learning to Self-Advocate: Education Edition

Written by Nikkee Porcaro on . Posted in Advice Columns

Recently, I worked with a former student who is now a freshman at the University of Maryland. This student has always been conscientious, organized, and diligent, but one class — a philosophy seminar — was vexing her. When I asked why, she explained she didn’t understand the assignments, and couldn’t seem to get ahold of the teacher.

A Long-Distance Connection

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My boyfriend “Jared” and I met at camp and have always been really great friends. During my last year of high school, we decided to make things official, even though he lived two hours away in Pennsylvania. Our relationship has mostly consisted of long phone calls, FaceTiming, and lots of texts, but I try to visit him as much as possible.

Choosing the Right School

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The arrival of 2019 means registration deadlines are looming for the upcoming school year. Whether they are enrolling a child in school for the first time, making the jump from middle to high school, or choosing between public and private school, all parents wonder: How do I make the right choice?

The Good Life

Written by Rabbi Daniel Rose on . Posted in Advice Columns

We have previously discussed the importance of articulating our wishes for our own care, particularly in the form of an advanced medical directive. An important part of that process is for us to think through what gives us joy, comfort, and satisfaction. How can we still maintain quality of life when our abilities start to become limited? And how can we plan now to maintain that quality of life in the future?

Trouble with Tu B’Shvat

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Dear Rivkie,

 The Tu B’Shvat holiday (the new year for trees) is coming up soon and I promised myself last year that I would give some thought as to how to celebrate this year. I see a Tu B’Shvat seder advertised sometimes, and people who are deeply into environmental causes seem to have a real affinity for this holiday, but neither of those things are my jam. Can you explain what Tu B’Shvat is and give some suggestions for how I can mark this day in a way I can relate to?

More Than Just a Sandbox

Written by Dr. Michael Milgraum on . Posted in Advice Columns

David (name changed) was a sweet and somewhat shy 6-year-old boy, who started therapy with me after an adolescent male babysitter had sexually abused him. During one of our early sessions, I showed him a tray filled with sand, as well as a large array of figurines, toys, objects, and props that he could use to build an imaginary world in the sand. He proceeded to retrieve any plastic play animal that he could find in my collection, and arranged them in the sand tray in a rather random fashion. When he was done with this, he surveyed the scene and then, while looking concerned, stated, “No, that’s no good because the wild animals will eat the gentle ones.”

The December Dilemma

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Dear Rivkie,