Development

How to Create, and Keep, a Secure Attachment to Your Baby

By Director of School-Based Mental Health Melissa Bradley, LMHC Attachment, quite simply, is having an emotional bond with another person.  The earliest bonds are ... continue reading

Grants Benefit Vulnerable Children

Staff Report  Thanks to the generosity of local foundations, $107,500 was recently awarded to The Florida Center for its programs serving young children and ... continue reading

It’s time to Talk to Your Child about Body Safety

By Ariel Pertosoff, School-Based Mental Health Therapist at Gulf Gate Elementary Sexual abuse among children occurs at an alarming rate within the U.S. A ... continue reading

How I ‘Eliminated the Unnecessary’ for my Child with Special Needs

By guest columnist Kayce Cole  Hi. I’m Kayce. My husband and I have one son, Sam, who we adopted from Russia when he was ... continue reading

What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know About FASD

By Tamra Cajo, Director of The Florida Center’s FASD Diagnostic Clinic I have been in the mental health field for almost 20 years, working ... continue reading

Wish List Donations a Welcome Contribution at The Florida Center

Staff Report  So far, 2020 has been a year like none other. We’ve all had to change some facet of our lives to adapt ... continue reading

Helping Your Child Cope with Back-to-School Stress

By Pam Wilsen, School-Based Mental Health Therapist Here are four things families can do to deal with back-to-school stress  Fall 2020 is shaping up ... continue reading

Alex’s Story

Alex is a sweet, kind and gifted student who had issues adapting to a classroom environment. Alex recently graduated from Voluntary Pre Kindergarten (VPK) ... continue reading

The Therapeutic Benefits of Outdoor Recreation

By Jill Collum, School-Based Mental Health Therapist at Tuttle Elementary School  July 5-11 is National Therapeutic Recreation Week, but due to the recent uptick ... continue reading

Amelia’s Story

Amelia and her mother Courtney enjoy a Sarasota sunset. Since she was a baby, Amelia suffered from chronic ear issues resulting in hearing loss. ... continue reading