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Our specialty here at One with the Water is to teach swimming lessons to children and adults with special needs. That means both mental and physical needs. We recently came across this amazing book that I wanted to share with you. I know that it will add value to your lives, help you to love your child, and provide your family with the tools to heal.

A mother wrote me today that her child, “suffers from anxiety disorder and sometimes she doesn’t do too well on her own.” Her friend could not make it to the lesson, and thus neither did she. Over 60% of our clients can benefit from the knowledge shared by Dr. DaSilva.

What do you say to your child?

Introducing Dr. Gayani DaSilva

In my practice as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, the parents of my patients most often ask me, “What do I say to my child?”

These are well meaning parents who care deeply for their children, but find themselves at a loss for how to begin, maintain and resolve conversations with their children who struggle with illnesses like depression, ADHD, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.

When faced with the challenge of trying to connect with their children, parents are so focused on their child talking with them that they miss ways to make a meaningful connection that leads to increased understanding between the parents and the child. Using knowledge about neurodevelopment, psychological development, and psychiatric disorders, parents will learn how to use my ten tools of the trade to improve bonding, bolster their child’s self-esteem, and aid their child’s development.

A Psychiatrist’s Guide: Helping Parents Reach Their Depressed Tween will help parents learn to be cognizant of childhood developmental processes. By understanding the deeper needs of the child and the illness a parent can better support themselves in the process of raising their depressed or anxious tween.

The skills and tools presented in this book are applicable to parents of all children.

When you purchase the book at, Amazon will donate a small percentage to our non-profit.

Gayani is the author of the new book, A Psychiatrist’s Guide: Helping Parents Reach Their Depressed Tween. In bookstores Tuesday, June 13th, 2017.

Gayani dedicates her psychiatric practice to improving children’s health and wellness. Straight talk and practical expertise are her tools of the trade to address the mental health needs of children and their families. She wields not just her expert medical opinion; she advocates to achieve wellness for the entire family.

Dr. DeSilva obtained her medical training at Albany Medical College, internship at Brown University, and residency at Harvard University. She holds numerous awards and citations and currently is in private practice in Laguna Beach, CA.

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