Parenting Challenges

Are you a new parent and need help with:

Your child’s:

  • sleeping patterns
  • eating habits
  • crying too much

Your self:

  • lack of sleep
  • feelings of depression or anxiety
  • lack of sleep
  • feelings of depression or anxiety
  • worrying too much
  • not knowing how to manage things
  • no time for you as a couple
  • time management

Are you the parent of a preschooler and wondering about how to structure things in a healthy way to manage your child’s behavior around:

  • picking up toys
  • going to sleep
  • naps
  • learning to dress themselves
  • bathing
  • self feeding
  • any other things you are not sure about?

Are you worried about your child, adolescent, young adult?

In school:

  • low grades
  • incomplete homework
  • underachieving
  • behavior problems
  • excessive absences
  • teacher complaints

At home:

  • being uncooperative
  • chore refusal
  • homework issues
  • hostility/anger management
  • sleep routine
  • food problems
  • dressing themselves
  • lack of independence

Socially:

  • lack of friends
  • choosing wrong friends
  • getting in trouble
  • refusal to socialize
  • (adolescents: inappropriate use of drugs/alcohol)

Emotionally:

  • poor self image
  • quiet/withdrawn
  • anxious/fearful
  • easy to tears
  • argumentative
  • violent

Dr. Barbara R. Grace is a Clinical Psychologist, Nationally Certified School Psychologist and former Special Education Director who has been teaching parents how to help their children from birth to adulthood since 1979. In her opinion, the most important aspect of helping any infant, preschooler, child, adolescent, or young adult is a thorough and appropriate assessment in order to carefully and properly identify the correct cause of the problem. Then a comprehensive treatment plan can be designed specifically for that particular child. Dr. Grace has experience diagnosing and working with Attention Deficit Disorder, Learning Disabilities, emotional and motivational problems, childhood depression and anxiety, parent-child issues, and parent child issues for Special Needs Children.

Speech and Workshop topics include:

  • Helping New Moms and Dad Adjust.
  • How to Motivate and Support Underachievers.
  • Positives and Negatives of Overachieving.
  • Is My Child too Busy?
  • Is It Attention Deficit Disorder or Something Else?
  • Does My Child Have A Learning Problem?
  • How to get your child to do their Homework (or anything else) ad love it.
  • Childhood/Adolescent Depression and Anxiety.
  • Child, Adolescent, College, Drug and Alcohol Issues.
  • Are You and Your Teen Ready for College?
  • Helping the Young Adult College Student.
  • Teaching Your Young Adult to Emancipate.

Testimonials:

“Dr. Grace provides “exemplary therapeutic services.” Former Head of Child Psychiatric Unit at Loyola Doyle Clinic.

“Dr. Grace spoke to our Preschool Program parents and those attending had many positive comments. They stated that she was a great speaker, gave short, to the point hints which were very helpful, and liked her easygoing attitude. We look forward to having Dr. Grace speak with us again.” M.T. Library Programming Assistant

“Dr. Grace spoke to our Preschool Program parents and those attending had many positive comments. They stated that she was a great speaker, gave short, to the point hints which were very helpful, and I liked her easygoing attitude. We look forward to having Dr. Grace speak with us again.” M.T. Library Programming Assistant

“Dr. Grace recently spoke to a group of parents at the Barrington Sylvan Learning Center on how to improve their child’s study habits. She had parents totally engaged in her discussion, answering questions and offering excellent and practical advice for them. Parents commented on how they appreciated Dr. Grace’s insights and direction. They are now using her techniques at home for quality homework time.” S.P., Director

“Dr. Barbara Grace is a very special woman and an excellent speaker and therapist. I met her while attending a series of Parenting Seminars she sponsored and led. She really knew her material and would leave us feeling positive and with a homework assignment after each session. I especially enjoyed her style of feedback and teaching. Dr. Grace is calm, matter of fact, finds humor in life, relates well, and opened my mind to new possibilities. She stays current in her field and is open to new ideas and ways of approaching things. My family and personal life have been greatly enriched by my experiences with her.” J.R. Mother

“Dr. Barbara Grace has come to the Parents Group of The Barrington Chapter of the National Association for the Mentally Ill several times to describe the brain physiology issues of those with Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Anxiety, etc. Class evaluations were “outstanding” with comments such as – I learned more from Barbara in one hour about why my son has these issues than I did in years of trying to ask my son’s doctors about his condition.” Maryrose Peters, Barrington NAMI