Carolina Anchor Psychological & Educational Consulting

Psycho-educational testing, individual therapy, educational consultation and advocacy

Dr. Lake is a Licensed Psycho-Educational Specialist, SC school psychologist III, and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Lake holds over 18 years of experience in diagnosing and treating developmental, psychological and learning difficulties in children and adolescents. She is committed to the thorough and precise examination of neurocognitive factors that influence youth’s learning, memory, attention, perception, communication, socialization and mental health. She employs a multitude of the most advanced and up to date assessments to ensure the most comprehensive and accurate results and recommendations. Furthermore, her expert knowledge of special education law (IDEA), disability law (ADA), and public school systems has been paramount in assisting families navigate and access the services necessary for their child’s academic, social and emotional growth. She also provides individual therapy subscribing to the Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic model of treatment.

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How to Avoid Passing Anxiety on to Your Kids Witnessing a parent in a state of anxiety can be more than just momentarily unsettling for children. Kids look to their parents for information about how to interpret ambiguous situations; if a parent seems consistently anxious and fearful, the child will determine that a variety of scenarios are un...

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NIMH » Finding causes and treating depression in teenagers Finding causes and treating depression in teenagers

[05/11/19]   Be kind. Be open. Be true. Be honest. Be welcoming. Be forgiving. Be.

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Parents please read. A study conducted by researchers at several universities, hospitals, and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) found that the Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” was associated with a 28.9% increase in suicide rates among U.S. youth ages 10-17 in the month (April 2017) following the shows rel...

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[04/27/19]   Hi Ya'll!
I am participating in collecting data for Western Psychological Services (WPS) for the Tests of Dyslexia (TOD). This will be a nationally-standardized test designed to assess the skills most relevant to the identification of dyslexia.

I am ...collecting data primarily on typically developing individuals. For the purposes of this study, a typically developing individual is defined as someone able to attend regular school, or other age- appropriate activities. They must spend most of the day in a regular classroom, but may participate in special education or gifted classes for portions of the day.... Individuals with mild disabilities should also be included in the standardization study even if they require a more restricted educational setting (this includes learning disabilities, intellectual disability, autism,
deaf/hard of hearing, adhd, etc.).

I am looking for children and young adults between 1-12th grade as well as young adults between the ages of 18-24. Assessment times range from 20-90 minutes. Assessments will be completed in my office.

I am required to inform the parent(s) or guardian(s) that they will have no access to test results, raw test data, or any other information they provide to the TOD project. The purpose of their participation is to help individuals in general by contributing to the development of a test of dyslexia.

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Child Development: Adolescence (15-17 years old) | CDC

Positive parenting tips for parents of teens What to typically expect as developmental milestone indicators from teenagers (15-17 years of age).

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Many Young Kids with Autism Still Not ID'd Until School Years While there has been an increase in the number of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) undergoing their first evaluation in the preschool years, a new study shows that the population rates of ASD still remain much higher in eight-year-olds than in four-year-olds. The findings suggest that ma...

Does Social Media Cause Depression? | Child Mind Institute Is using social media making our kids unhappy? Evidence is mounting that there is a link between social media and depression. How Instagram and Facebook may be negatively affecting teenagers and young adults.

[04/12/19]   how to help a grieving teen
This material was adapted from Helping Teens Cope with Death by The Dougy Center. To order a copy of the book, visit our online bookstore or contact The Dougy Center, 503-775-5683.

What is it like for teenagers when someone close to them dies? How do they respond to the death of a parent, a sibling, a relative, a friend?

In our work with teenagers, we’ve learned that teens respond better to adults who choose to be companions on the grief journey rather than direct it. We have also discovered that adult companions need to be aware of their own grief issues and journeys because their experiences and beliefs impact the way they relate to teens.

six basic principles of teen grief
1. Grieving is the teen’s natural reaction to a death. Grief is a natural reaction to death and other losses. However, grieving does not feel natural because it may be difficult to control the emotions, thoughts, or physical feelings associated with a death. The sense of being out of control that is often a part of grief may overwhelm or frighten some teens. Grieving is normal and healthy, yet may be an experience teens resist and reject. Helping teens accept the reality that they are grievers allows them to do their grief work and to progress in their grief journey.

2. Each teen’s grieving experience is unique. Grieving is a different experience for each person. Teens grieve for different lengths of time and express a wide spectrum of emotions. Grief is best understood as a process in which bodily sensations, emotions, thoughts, and behaviors surface in response to the death, its circumstances, the past relationship with the deceased and the realization of the future without the person. For example, sadness and crying may be an expression of grief for one teen, while another may respond with humor and laughter.

“I hate it when people think I should be grieving according to the ‘stages’ described in some high-school health book. Since my sister’s death I’ve learned that grief isn’t five simple stages.” Kimberly, 17

While many theories and models of the grieving process provide a helpful framework, the path itself is an individual one, and often lonely. No book or grief therapist can predict or prescribe exactly what a teen will or should go through on the grief journey. Adults can best assist grieving teenagers by accompanying them on their journey in the role of listener and learner, and by allowing the teen to function as a teacher.

3. There are no “right” and “wrong” ways to grieve. Sometimes adults express strong opinions about “right” or “wrong” ways to grieve. But there is no correct way to grieve. Coping with a death does not follow a simple pattern or set of rules nor is it a course to be evaluated or graded.

There are, however, “helpful” and “unhelpful” choices and behaviors associated with the grieving process. Some behaviors are constructive and encourage facing grief, such as talking with trusted friends, journaling, creating art, and expressing emotion rather than holding it inside. Other grief responses are destructive and may cause long-term complications and consequences. For example, some teens attempt to escape their pain through many of the same escape routes adults choose: alcohol and substance abuse, reckless sexual activity, antisocial behaviors, withdrawal from social activities, excessive sleeping, high risk-taking behaviors, and other methods that temporarily numb the pain of their loss.

“My friend went crazy into drugs, sex, and skipping school after her boyfriend got killed in a skiing accident. She stopped talking about him. Now she’s kicked out of school and is pregnant by a guy she hates. Since my boyfriend’s car accident, I know what can happen if I make wrong choices like her.” Sara, 18

4. Every death is unique and is experienced differently. The way teens grieve differs according to personality and the particular relationship they had with the deceased. They typically react in different ways to the death of a parent, sibling, grandparent, child, or friend. For many teens, peer relationships are primary. The death or loss of a boyfriend or girlfriend may seem to affect them more than the death of a sibling or grandparent.

“Expect the unexpected. Emily actually danced and sang after I told her that her mother died. I was shocked. Later I realized the relief we both felt. The relationship had been filled with her alcoholism, lies and illness.” Father of Emily, 17

Within a family each person may mourn differently at different times. One may be talkative, another may tend to cry often, and a third might withdraw. This can generate a great deal of tension and misunderstanding within the already stressed family. Each person’s responses to death should be honored as his or her way of coping in that moment. Keep in mind that responses may change from day to day or even from hour to hour.

5. The grieving process is influenced by many issues. The impact of a death on a teen relates to a combination of factors including:
* Social support systems available for the teen (family, friends and/or community)
* Circumstances of the death - how, where and when the person died
* Whether or not the young person unexpectedly found the body
* The nature of the relationship with the person who died - harmonious, abusive, conflictual, unfinished, communicative
* The teen’s level of involvement in the dying process
* The emotional and developmental age of the teen
* The teen’s previous experiences with death

6. Grief is ongoing. Grief never ends, but it does change in character and intensity. Many grievers have compared their grieving to the constantly shifting tides of the ocean; ranging from calm, low tides to raging high tides that change with the seasons and the years.

“I’ve had people say that you’ve got to go on, you’ve got to get over this. I just want to shout, ‘You’re wrong! Grief never ends.’ I don’t care what they say.” Philip, 13

[04/08/19]   An inexplicable tragedy occurred in our community last night. I want to let families and students of Mt. Pleasant and Wando High School that I am offering my services for no charge for individual and group sessions this coming week. I have also reached out to the HS and can assist in supporting students in need. Prayers for strength.

Angry Kids: Dealing With Explosive Behavior When a child melts down and becomes aggressive, he can pose a serious risk to himself and others, including parents and siblings.

Carolina Anchor Psychological & Educational Consulting

[04/06/19]   I have such great honor, respect, and heart for the amazingly dedicated parents who seek my assistance. There is never a space in time that I will not commit ALL of my expertise and energy towards figuring it out!!! I am with you and I acknowledge your trust in the wake of many of your disappointments. If I cannot help...I will be honest and refer you elsewhere.

Autism and Stimming | Child Mind Institute What's behind this self soothing behavior that's a symptom of autism and how to help kids avoid stimming that's harmful to them.

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Why Many Autistic Girls Are Overlooked

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Hello! My name is Dr. Lake and I own Carolina Anchor Psychological & Educational Consulting, LLC in the beautiful north Mount Pleasant. I specialize in psychological/educational evaluation for learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism, mood disorders and issues related to adjustment, relationships, and parenting. I also provide Cognitive Behavior Therapy for the aforementioned. I welcome the opportunity to work with the children and families of the greater Charleston area! Please do not hesitate to contact me!

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Not All Attention Problems Are ADHD It's a common assumption, but there are other causes that are easily overlooked that might have nothing to do with ADHD and its symptoms.

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Create an Amazing Sensory Room On a Budget - Autism Parenting Magazine Hello, my fellow sensory seeking moms and dads! Let me start by introducing myself. I am the mother of two young autistic children who require TONS of sensory input to stay regulated throughout the day. Over the years, I have experimented with what works well for them and what brings on the no-good....

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Signs of Autism in Girls - Is Asperger’s in Girls Overlooked?

What is the cost of not knowing?
Seeking testing for ASD, especially for a girl, can be a daunting undertaking. As a parent, you might feel conflicted as to whether a diagnosis is necessary for your daughter. It is important to keep in mind that people with autism can live fulfilling and beautiful lives. A diagnosis will open the door to further therapies and resources for you and your child.

Even if your daughter is already well into adolescence, the skills that a trained specialist can help her develop are invaluable. Girls with autism who struggle with setting social boundaries or find challenges in maintaining meaningful relationships are at a higher risk for sexual exploitation and staying in abusive relationships. A study by Baron-Cohen found that “66% of adults with the milder form of ASD (Asperger’s) reported suicidal thoughts, at a rate nearly 10 times higher than seen in the general population. The proportion was 71% among women, who made up the sample.” (Szalavitz, 2016)

Girls with autism are also at a higher risk for affective (mood) disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. (Solomon, Miller, Taylor, Hinshaw, & Carter, 2011)

Finding a specialist who understands autism in girls and women is crucial to helping your daughter learn how to set boundaries, speak her truth, and manage her mental health. New research indicates that autism in girls is more common than previously thought as more is learned about the signs of autism in girls.

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