Blog Post by Pam Tudin, Clinical Psychologist (Copywrite 2019) For teens, there’s no such thing as the digital world, it’s their world. There’s also no such thing as privacy. For parents, there’s no such thing as staying on top of it, the online space is constantly changing. When it comes to sexting or sending inappropriate…

In a world dependent on technology and a culture engrossed with social media, parents are having to face new obstacles in terms of what they share online and how they involve their children.  We have all been on platforms where we’re bombarded with innocent images of the children of our friends and acquaintances, this may…

For parents, diagnoses and therapists are more confusing now than ever before. One size definitely does not fit all in the case of children, even for those children with the same diagnosis. A child diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum is still an individual with individual personality traits and the features of Autism do not necessarily…

At what age it is appropriate to give children cell phones? I anticipate that this will be a debate for a long time to come. I had a conversation recently with a parent who was conflicted about getting her daughter a cell phone as this almost teenage young girl was supposedly “the only one” of…

Language and communication are fundamental to everything we do, and most importantly they are how we engage with others, find meaning in our world, and feel a sense of belonging amongst our families and friends. This isn’t a new idea, but how we use language and communicate with our children has changed, and continues to…

The Empower team has been busy! We attended two conferences in the past two weeks. This past weekend we were at Professional Minds conference in Johannesburg, where almost 300 pediatric professionals were in attendance. The topic in discussion was the Teen and Tween brain. Speakers included: – Dr Kathie Nunely, a brain researcher, teacher and…

“How many of you wake up to an alarm?” Four hundred and thirty hands raise. The whole hall of paediatric professionals. “then you are all sleep deprived.” Kathie Nunley’s talk at Professional Minds in Cape Town was phenomenal. We learned about the teenage brain, the need for sleep, the frontal lobe and more. She explained…

Proprioception is the body’s ability to sense where we are in relationship to our surroundings. It is in fact one of our senses. It is said that we actually have 7 senses, not just five! SPD Australia (http://www.spdaustralia.com.au/the-proprioceptive-system/) explains: proprioception, “also often referred to as the sixth sense, was developed by the nervous system as a means to…

In my professional life I have always said that children deliver to your expectations, if you have low expectations children deliver, it is the same if you set the bar high. I raised my own children with a strong set of values, and the performance character lessons I always taught them was “you don’t have…