‘Get Up & Give’ Gifts Touch Lives of Children and Families
February 13, 2017
Methodist Family Health invites Arkansans to honor the season of Lent and “get up and give” items that will make a difference in the lives of children, youth and families served by the 118-year-old organization. The eighth annual Get Up & Give collection drive will be held in the weeks leading up to Easter, March 1-April 13. All donated items will benefit those who rely on Methodist Family Health for behavioral, emotional and spiritual care.… Continue Reading →
Mental Wellness
January 27, 2017
Now that we’re settling into 2017, it’s a great time to focus on creating a happier, healthier home for your child (and for you!). Read on for easy tips on improving mental wellness all year long. BOOST CONFIDENCE. Want your child to feel capable? Give sincere compliments. “You were so patient at the grocery store!” or “That homework was hard, but I’m proud of you for sticking with it.” Speak positive words and encourage your… Continue Reading →
Gift Ideas for the Special Kids in Your Life
December 16, 2016
If you are looking for Christmas gift ideas for a child with mental health or behavioral problems, here are some suggestions from Justin Cox, LPC, a Methodist Family Health therapist at SUCCESS Achievement Academy in Jonesboro: Kinetic Sand is a three-dimensional building toy made of 98 percent sand and 2 percent polydimethylsiloxane (a type of silicone oil) that mimics the physical properties of wet sand. Kinetic Sand was originally designed for sculpting but is commonly… Continue Reading →
Holiday Tips for Children with ADHD
December 13, 2016
Kids with ADD, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders can easily be overstimulated around the holidays. With all the glitz, lights and often sounds, it can be extremely difficult for children to focus, particularly those who already have difficulty in this arena on a daily basis. Keep this in mind when decorating for the holidays. Keep decorations simple. Scale back instead of scaling up. This approach could help avoid meltdowns and frustration for all parties involved.… Continue Reading →
10 Tips for Road Trip Adventures
December 13, 2016
We’ve all been there, the dreaded holiday road trip. Just the mention of a long car ride is enough to cause crying, moaning, and flashbacks of trips past. Then, we get to think of the kid’s reactions. The first job that we, as parents, must do is recognize the warning signs for issues, and take steps to counter them before they grow out of control. Here are some strategies that we all can use to… Continue Reading →
Share the Light this Christmas
November 30, 2016
Support Arkansas children and families this Christmas. Your donation helps provide compassionate care to children. With your help, we can continue to be a shining light to the ones who need it most. LEARN MORE ABOUT 'SHARE THE LIGHT' HERE.   Continue Reading →
Support Methodist Family Health on Giving Tuesday Nov. 29
November 22, 2016
Support Methodist Family Health on Giving Tuesday Nov. 29! This year we encourage you to celebrate Giving Tuesday with us. It's a global day of charity celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. During this season of giving, Methodist Family Health will use your contributions to purchase books for children and adolescents in our care. Being a donor gives more children the opportunity to read, learn and grow. Methodist Family Health provides Arkansas… Continue Reading →
Planning ahead makes the difference for special needs children during holidays
November 14, 2016
By Melody Mortenson, LCSW The holidays are full of fun, family and friends and include parties, gatherings and other special events. Having a child with special needs is challenging, but it shouldn't prevent you and your family from celebrating the season. Here are some tips for making upcoming holiday parties and events less stressful for kids with autism, anxiety disorders and other special needs: Plan ahead and give your child plenty of notice Keep a… Continue Reading →
Making wishes come true!
November 3, 2016
Would you like to give an in-kind gift that will benefit the children, youth and families in the care of Methodist Family Health? We provide care for thousands of Arkansas children and families each year. Here is our Wish List. If you want to help, CLICK HERE to download this flyer of the most frequently needed and requested items.  Call 501.906.4202 if you have questions. Thank you! These specific items have also been requested: PERSONAL CARE ITEMS Shower flip flops (especially Adult sizes)… Continue Reading →
Suicide: know the warning signs
September 7, 2016
Suicide is alarmingly common. It’s the third leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 24 and the eighth leading cause of death for all people in the nation – with Arkansas actually ranking higher than the national three percent average. Sadly, most parents don't know the warning signs and symptoms of teen suicide, and the steps they can take to prevent this silent epidemic. In four out of five suicides there are warning… Continue Reading →