If you are the parent of a child with chronic pain, anxiety, mood or behavior challenges, you may have wondered if the struggles you and your child are facing will ever get better. Too often you may hear things from your child such as, “My stomach hurts, I got a headache today, my lower back hurts, or my neck is stiff,” or maybe you've even heard, “I just don’t feel like going to school today.” One out of every four children in the US struggles with chronic pain and those numbers are growing. Combine this with the fact that half of all mental illness occurs before the age of fourteen and anxiety is the most prevalent mental health challenge that children face, we know that kids are suffering and parents are looking for solutions.
Joining us today is Dr. Nicole Beurkens who has over twenty years of experience supporting children, young adults and families with mental health concerns. She is the Founder and Director of Horizons Developmental Resource Center in Caledonia, Michigan where she leads a team of clinicians dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of a wide range of mental health concerns including autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, bipolar disorder, behavioral disorders, brain injury and other neurodevelopmental conditions.
Dr. Beurkens has a unique combination of having earned Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Master’s in Nutrition and Integrative Health and a Master’s in Special Education. She's also the best-selling author of a book called Life Will Get Better: Simple Solutions for Parents of Children with Attention, Anxiety, Mood and Behavior Challenges, which of course you can find on her website at DrBeurkens.com.
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