New Leaf Clinic

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

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Languishing' Is That Blah, Empty Feeling You've Probably Experienced During the Pandemic-Here's What to Know 04/22/2021

Languishing' Is That Blah, Empty Feeling You've Probably Experienced During the Pandemic-Here's What to Know

Languishing' Is That Blah, Empty Feeling You've Probably Experienced During the Pandemic-Here's What to Know Languishing is a blah, empty, stuck feeling, and people are experiencing it during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more about languishing here.

Amanda Gorman, Youth Poet Laureate, has speech and auditory processing issues 01/22/2021

Amanda Gorman, Youth Poet Laureate, has speech and auditory processing issues

An inspiring story for children with learning differences.

Amanda Gorman, Youth Poet Laureate, has speech and auditory processing issues Get to know Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, who has speech and auditory processing issues. Read about Gorman’s journey, and watch as she recites her poetry.


TikTok struggles to stop the spread of viral suicide 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?

[03/28/20]   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 🦄🦖🏖👵🏼 🧚‍♂️🧜‍♀️🧞‍♂️🏃🌈🤿⛸🎭🤹‍♂️🩰🎨🎸✈️🎢🏟

[03/27/20]   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. ♥️🍁🍂

[03/27/20]   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.

[02/07/20]   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. 10/14/2019

Kids are so over-scheduled that doctors are being told to prescribe play

The AAP is recommending pediatricians prescribe play. Parents- we hope you schedule play for your kids. Not just play dates with a planned activity, but free play. Play therapist colleagues- we hope you share this article with your clients. The American Academy of Pediatrics says we need to stop thinking of play as a trivial, expendable pastime, and start treating it as core to children's healthy development.


Grant Halliburton Foundation in the community

Yesterday, Sierra and Stephanie presented at Parish Episcopal School as part of the school's #centeredEd programing, which aims to promote social and emotional well-being for students. Topics of discussion with seniors and juniors included how to set healthy boundaries and identifying emotional triggers.

📷: Parish Episcopal School
#mentalhealth 09/30/2019

Call It A Vulva: Why We Should Teach Kids Anatomical Terms For Genitals

Every time we run across an article discussing the importance of teaching the anatomical terms for genitals we share it. It’s called a Vulva not a hooha. Sex-abuse prevention educators say teaching kids accurate terms for their private parts is an important part of protecting them from abuse.


Research tells us to ask about suicide. If you think a friend or loved one has contemplated suicidal, check in... ask. 08/25/2019

Cracking the code of dyslexia — CBS News

We work with families to identify children with Dyslexia. We also work to advocate for children within their schools or identify a school that may be a better option. We are a resource to help support your child’s educational journey at various points in their path. Researchers who say one in five children they studied was dyslexic have also found there is no link at all between dyslexia and intelligence 08/23/2019

DOL Confirms FMLA Covers IEP Meetings With Therapists at School - Ogletree Deakins

Thank you Ogletree Deakins For this write up regarding using FMLA to attend an IEP/ARD meeting. Thank you Department of Labor for taking this important action.

On August 8, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an opinion letter confirming that a parent is entitled to time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to attend a meeting at school to discuss his or her child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). On August 8, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an opinion letter confirming that a parent is entitled to time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to attend a meeting at school to discuss his or her child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).




17103 Preston Rd
Dallas, TX

Opening Hours

Monday 9:30am - 7:30pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 7:30pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 7:30pm
Thursday 9:30am - 7:30pm
Friday 9:30am - 7:30pm
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