Sarah Sharpe

Sarah Sharpe

I'm a provisional Psychologist who works in Calgary, AB.

Children and Traumatic Life Experiences

traumatic-emotions

It is difficult to think about traumatic experiences happening to our children. Unfortunately, negative and traumatic events do happen to children and their families. Often, people think that children may not remember the event, or those that do will “bounce back”, or even that children do not fully understand what has happened. In some cases, this may very well be true. However, children often absorb what they experience during traumatic events. Each child is different and may or may not exhibit signs of distress for an extended period of time…

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Children with certain Diagnoses, affected by Food

irritated child

It is difficult to understand how what we eat affects our moods, our ability to function and our ability to cope with various symptoms of a number of mental health disorders. Not only does this apply to adults, but to children as well. There are many foods, supplements and other chemicals added to our food that can affect children with different diagnoses. One example is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Each child with ASD can drastically differ from one another due the variability in the way the disorder presents itself. However, there…

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Children and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder in children

Winter means we want to sleep more, eat more and stay inside. These are ‘normal’ responses to the colder weather. However, other responses can occur as well. The responses could be more sinister in nature. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) has been questioned by many over the years. This disorder is currently listed in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V) as a depressive disorder. It can affect many people, regardless of age, financial status or whether that person has a previous diagnosis of a depression disorder or…

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Fatigue in Children: What it looks like and What you can do

child fatigue

Fatigue affects us all, including children, unfortunately. We can be behind on our sleep due to big projects for work or school, due to anxiety, and because of time changes. Many children are affected by extracurricular activities and by the time changes, in particular. It is important to recognize the signs of fatigue in yourself and in your child. In adults, fatigue can look like forgetfulness and low tolerance. Low tolerance means we have a short amount of patience. This can be directed at our children. We must be mindful…

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Building Immunity–not only to Colds and the Flu!

children playing in a field

The start of school means colds and cases of the flu are rampant among students. So too are judgments, bullying, and negative thoughts. Children are subject to their peers’ judgments, thoughts, and actions. Not every child can handle the negative comments or actions directed at him or her, and so it is important that you help your child become “immune” to the negativity around them. Children and adolescents do not fully understand the perspectives of their peers. They may not understand how bullying may hurt others. They may also be…

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How to Prepare your Family for going back to School

Welcome back to school!

The start of school is quickly approaching, for some it has already started. This can be a joyous time for many families, especially if it is the very first day of school for a child or an adolescent going off to college. Families are experiencing mixed emotions during this time. It is to hold in the sense of pride, sadness and fear. It is important to remember the family functions as a unit, but each person needs their own space and activities. Over the summer, families may have had some fun times,…

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Summer time: No Structure! …and Chaos?!

summer time, kids playing: the unstructured life!

Whether it’s summer break or some other vacation and your kids are facing an ocean of sunshine, beaches, rainbows, BBQ’s, and sleeping in; or have a few weeks off in the winter to laze around, play games, and hang out with friends, their shackles have been cast off and they are free to do as they please! Sounds great, right? For many people it does. However, for some families, it can be chaos–especially if the child(ren) of the family have problems when there is less structure in their day. The…

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Children and Anxiety

children experience anxiety too...

Did you know that anxiety doesn’t just affect adults? Children experience anxiety as well. It is often thought that children do not experience anxiety or are oblivious to the worries of life, but this really is not the case. Although children may not worry about such things–money, college funds, or groceries–they can worry about other things such as upsetting authority figures, meeting new people, trying new things, the dark, being separated from parents and school work. These issues seem small to adults, but for children, these issues are very large…

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