New Leaf Clinic

New Leaf Clinic specializes in play therapy for children with learning differences and Educational a

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When Schools Resist Evaluating & Addressing Learning Disabilities 08/11/2022

When Schools Resist Evaluating & Addressing Learning Disabilities

We are often asked if we offer ADHD assessments. This article does a great job of explaining why we offer all clients a full, holistic evaluation.

Almost two-thirds of children with ADHD have at least one other condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 45 percent are affected by learning disorders, 32 percent by anxiety, 17 percent by a mood disorder, and 14 percent by autism spectrum disorder. Yet despite the prevalence of co-occurring conditions, experts in the field — advocates, learning specialists, and psychologists — report that many students with ADHD do not receive assessments for common comorbidities, at least initially.

When Schools Resist Evaluating & Addressing Learning Disabilities The repercussions of a missed diagnosis can last a lifetime. So why do some schools fail to identify learning differences in students with ADHD, causing them to fall behind?

Photos from New Leaf Clinic's post 05/07/2022

Dr. Tracy McClung spoke at the Shelton School End of the Year Luncheon to over 80 parents and Shelton staff about emotional regulation. An important topic as we head into summer. We enjoy presenting at school events to parents, staff, teachers, and students. Contact us if you are interested!

I Made the World’s Blandest Facebook Profile, Just to See What Happens 12/11/2021

I Made the World’s Blandest Facebook Profile, Just to See What Happens

I see the irony in this share on this platform. However, I’m an adult with a fully formed frontal lobe. I share this as an example of one reason why the teens in my home do not have access to social media: The power to shape their adolescent brain resting in the hands of an algorithm.

I Made the World’s Blandest Facebook Profile, Just to See What Happens My new Facebook account had the most generic interests possible, and still it brought me to a place no one should ever have to go.

The Case Against Universal Preschool 09/12/2021

The Case Against Universal Preschool

THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION has announced an ambitious, expensive plan for universal preschool for three- and four-year-olds. Some of the language in the White House (2021) announcement sounds comforting.... Yes, the language sounds comforting, but what does it mean? What does “high quality” actually mean? What is a “developmentally appropriate curriculum?” Will families really have a choice of a “setting that works best for them?” ...Here I explain why there is no such thing as a “developmentally appropriate curriculum” for three- and four-year-olds and then discuss:
• The Harm of Early Schooling.
• Emotional Abuse of Children in Early Education.

The Case Against Universal Preschool What little children need is play, care, and love, not school.

China Limits Online Videogames to Three Hours a Week for Young People 09/01/2021

China Limits Online Videogames to Three Hours a Week for Young People

When your kids complain about the limits you set on gaming and screen use, let them know they could live in China.

China Limits Online Videogames to Three Hours a Week for Young People The new regulation bans minors from playing online videogames between Monday and Thursday and allows an hour of play on Fridays, weekends and holidays.


TikTok struggles to stop the spread of viral su***de video

Please be aware of this content from this summer that is currently on TikTok.

We recommend this article which helps explain the content your child has access to when utilizing TikTok and their unique algorithm which “allow content to spread more easily than other apps. Contrary to other platforms like Facebook and Instagram, which mainly focus on people you follow, TikTok's main feed, the "For You Page," gives users viral content regardless of whether or not they follow the account positing it — making it very difficult to avoid unwanted footage”.

Some users have hidden the disturbing video within seemingly harmless content — so you may want to avoid TikTok altogether.


Friends - Ross Pivot

You may be experiencing severe Pivot Fatigue as you attempt to navigate this school year. You aren’t the first. Contact us if you need resources for working with your child at home or advocacy at your child’s school.

Ross, Rachel, and, Chandler move a couch. Ross yells pivot. 08/18/2020

Why the Teenage Brain Pushes Young People to Ignore Virus Restrictions Tagged as irresponsible for socializing in big groups, teens and twentysomethings are grappling with a ‘biological mandate’ to see friends and colleagues.



Baking is always a fun math lesson for kids (and parents). We are sharing this specifically for those of you who may be pre-schooling from home. ♥️

What fun ways can you think of to sneak math into your child's day? 08/03/2020

The Coronavirus Seems to Spare Most Kids From Illness, but Its Effect on Their Mental Health Is Deepening

“But if COVID-19 is sparing most kids’ bodies, it’s not being so kind to their minds. Nobody is immune to the stress that comes with a pandemic and related quarantining. Children, however, may be at particular risk. Living in a universe that is already out of their control, they can become especially shaken when the verities they count on to give the world order–the rituals in their lives, the very day-to-dayness of living–get blown to bits.” "Nobody is immune to the stress that comes with a pandemic, but children may be at a particular risk"


Celebrating the passing of the Americans with Disabilites Act. Know and understand your child’s school rights under Section 504 of the ADA. Distance learning does not absolve schools of their obligations under ADA or IDEA. 07/22/2020

Play Therapy Can Help Kids Speak the Unspeakable

Dr. Dee Ray and UNT Play therapy in The NY Times. This article contains links to several other articles regarding the power and importance of play. Play is the language of children — which is why play therapy can help kids speak the unspeakable.


Throw back to two years ago today when Drs. McClung and Dougherty attended the Center for Play Therapy Summer Institute at UNT. Always working to keep our skills sharp. ♥️


Does Play Therapy Work?

Thank you Dr. Dee Ray for making this video.

This video provides a summary of play therapy research from 2000 to 2020


When asking yourselves how to minimize your child’s learning gap, consider this series. A short math and reading lesson a day for the summer! 04/15/2020

The pandemic is giving people vivid, unusual dreams. Here’s why. — National Geographic

In case you’re dream life has been especially active while you’re waking life has been somewhat dull. Researchers explain why withdrawal from our usual environments—due to social distancing—has left dreamers with a dearth of “inspiration.” 04/01/2020

Learn How to Improve Your Mental Health With an Emotional Self Check-In — Real Simple

What emotions are you aware of currently experiencing?

Any of these?

Contentment YOU SNEAK A PEEK at your Fitbit stats every 10 seconds. You look for suspicious moles after every shower. But when was the last time you checked in with your emotions? Last month? Last year? Five years ago? 03/30/2020

Mirroring Emotions — Haim Ginott

You are your child’s mirror. We can do a lot for children with just a little…


Thankful for the days presocial distancing. Share one of your favorites!


What’s in your post Covid can’t wait jar?


This is circulating around Fb and we had to share with you.

We’ve started a new thing in our house today and sharing it in case anyone else wants to try. Every time we wish we could do something, go somewhere, treat ourselves, see someone we love, visit a new place, invite people to visit us, we’re going to write it down on a post it note and put it in a jar. When all this is over this will be our bucket list and we’ll work our way through the jar and be more grateful than ever for the little and lovely things in our lives. Until then we’ll enjoy watching the jar fill up with magical things to look forward to 🦄🦖🏖👵🏼 🧚‍♂️🧜‍♀️🧞‍♂️🏃🌈🤿⛸🎭🤹‍♂️🩰🎨🎸✈️🎢🏟


You can still take a walk. Challenge a friend and walk 5 miles a day. Take your next call with headphones and running shoes (if it’s zoom maybe your camera just wasn’t cooperating so you’re voice only). ♥️🍁🍂


Let us inspire you! Schedule a virtual game night or happy hour with friends. This group lives in multiple states and this quarantine has led us to connect in a new way with people we typically only see once every few years. See our proud faces for us all 5 being on FaceTime at the same time. ♥️🍁🍂


Parents and teachers. Thank you for being patient with each other and with your students. This is not what homeschooling looks like- this is crisis schooling. New territory for each of us. Be patient, offer words of encouragement, manage your own expectations so that you can help your student manage theirs. ♥️🍁🍂 03/18/2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Our counselors are currently providing telehealth/distance counseling. You can reach us at [email protected]. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.


Coronavirus Impact Updates

From the College Board on upcoming SAT & AP exams College Board is monitoring the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and as the situation continues to rapidly evolve, we are focused on the health and safety of students, educators, and their communities. 03/07/2020

Traveling With Your Kids Will Make Them Better in School, Study Suggests

Happy Spring Break A new survey suggests that if you want your kids to be more successful in school, you should take them on vacation more. A survey… 02/12/2020

The outsize influence of your middle-school friends — The Atlantic

“Middle school is about lunch”. The intensity of feelings generated by friendship in childhood and adolescence is by design.


Our posts are typically informational articles; however, today we are changing tone and intention.

Allow us to take a moment to honor each individual and family with whom we are blessed or have been blessed by in our work.

And to honor each member of our team. Our whole is truly greater than the sum of our parts. It is important to each individual in our practice that we honor our clients and each other.

We recognize each day that what we have in our work relationships is unique. That is a reflection of living and working with respect and intention of each of our team members and of our clients.

We love who we are and what we do. 02/04/2020

How much sleep kids get affects their mental health - Futurity — Futurity

Sleep. It’s important to mental health and cognitive functioning. This is an important reminder for each of us and especially for our kids. There's an association between sleep duration and depression, anxiety, impulsive behavior, and poor cognitive performance in kids, researchers say. 02/04/2020

8 Ways Parents Can Prepare Their Daughters for Dating and Healthy Relationships

Tips to help you be prepared to help your tween/young teen with “crushes”, relationship questions, and break ups. From first crushes to first dates, these tips will help you prepare your Mighty Girl for a lifetime of healthy relationships. 10/21/2019

What is TikTok? A guide for clueless parents — NBC News

What is TikTok? Pros and Cons are addressed in this brief article. This hot social media app can foster creativity and socialization, but parents — and kids — need to know the risks.




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Dallas, TX

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