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Adjustment Disorders

Moving, divorce, a death in the family, a huge life disappointment, and other upsetting events can cause stress and sadness for a child. Most children will eventually cope with these feelings and bounce back to their normal selves but not all children are able to. Sometimes these upsetting events will trigger an unusually strong and long lasting reaction. Children who show such a strong reaction and haven’t been the same since the event may have an adjustment disorder.
Adjustment Disorders are a reaction to stress but there is no single direct cause between the event and the reaction. It’s quite common in children and adolescents and effects girl and boys at the same rate.

Does My Child Have an Adjustment Disorder?
A child with an Adjustment Disorder will show a hard time coping with their emotions. They may become depressed, anxious, and hostile, pick fights, have a hard time going to sleep, and have regular crying spells. Each child may experience symptoms differently but they must appear within 3 months of the trigger event.

There are 6 subtypes of adjustment disorders with different symptoms and they are as follows:
Adjustment disorder with Depressed Mood:

  • Depressed mood
  • Tearfulness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
Adjustment Disorder with Anxiety:

  • Nervousness
  • Worry
  • Jitteriness
  • Fear of separation from major attachment figures
Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood & Anxiety:

  • A combination of the above symptoms
Adjustment Disorder with Disturbance of Conduct:

  • Violation of the rights of others
  • Violation of societal norms and rules (Destruction of property, stealing, fighting, etc.)
Adjustment Disorder with Mixed Disturbance of Emotions and Conduct:

  • Combination of above subtypes
Adjustment Disorder Unspecified:

  • Reactions that don’t fit in major subtypes like social withdrawal or inhibitions to normally expected activities.
Children go through varying levels of distress when something upsetting happens in their lives but if your child is showing a level of distress that is more severe and lost lasting than would be expected for their age and the event, it may be time to talk to a mental health professional. Adjustment disorders can cause significant impairment in academic activities and social activities so the sooner treatment can begin, the better.

Please visit the Resources section of our website and check out books, downloads and other valuable resurces to learn more about anxiety, depression and disruptive behaviors in children and adolescents.

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Community Events

Fireworks Spectacular
July 3rd; 10:15pm
Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks with this long held Lacey tradition in a new location! For more information call Lacey Public Affairs, 360-491-3214

Tumwater 4th of July
July 4th
-Parade begins at 11a.m.
-Festival gates open at 6
-Fireworks start
at 10:15
-Tumwater Valley Golf Course
Have a great day full of fun at the annual Tumwater Fourth of July parade, Artesian Festival, and fireworks show. Music, food, games, and a great show await you!

Tacoma's Freedom Fair
July 4th
10 a.m - 11 p.m.
The Ruston Way Waterfront
Have a blast at this all day event featuring all the best 4th of July activities like airshows, food exhibits, rides, events, a huge firewirks display, and much more!

Olympia Music in the Park
July 11th - August 29th
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Sylvester Park at Capital Way & Legion
Experience different types of music at these free weekly outdoor concerts!

Shatter Sessions
July 13th
Tacoma Glass Museum
$10.00 online; $15.00 at the door
See bands attempt to shatter glass using only their music!

Lacey Outdoor Cinema Series
Saturdays July 14th - August 11th.
Movies start at dusk at Huntamer Park in Woodland Square, Lacey.
gather the family and enjoy a free outdoor movie under the stars!

Bring a blanket to sit on and some snacks or purchase snakes on-site.

Northwest Trek Birthday Celebration
July 17th
9:30 a.m - 6 p.m.
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
Watch the animals devour birthday treats, take part in fun and interactive activities, play animal-themed games, and make a festive birthday hat!

Capital Lake Fair
July 18-22
Heritage Park in Downtown Olympia
Rides, food, games, music, a parade, fireworks, battle of the bands, and so much more await you and your family at this annual four-day fair!


Family Fun

Backyard Art: Monster Mural!
When the sun is shining it is time to take art projects outside! Dip rubber spike balls in tempera paint and toss them at a paper-covered wall to create monster looking splats. When the paint dries you can draw on faces and decorate them to bring your mural to life!

- Pushpins or tape
- Large roll of paper (available at craft stores)
- Drop cloth
- Tempera paint
- Disposable containers
- Rubber spike balls
- Permanent Markers
- Glitter glue, googly eyes (optional)
Cover the side of your garage of fence with several lengths of paper. To avoid wayward splatters, paper an area larger than you plan to paint. Secure with pushpins or tape.
Spread a drop cloth on the ground below to keep the paint-covered balls grit free.
Squeeze each paint color into its own container. Roll a rubber spike ball in the paint to cover it, then stand about 5 feet from the wall and toss the ball at the paper. Repeat using other colors and then let the paint dry for about 15 minutes.
Use the markers to draw on faces, features, speech bubbles, etc. Press on googly eyes and use glitter glue to decorate if you’d like.
Use a hose to wash away any misses.

Featured Activity for Kids & Families

Timberline Libraries

During the summer the Timberland libraries begin their summer reading program for kids and teens. They offer free activities, events, and prizes all summer long for all ages!


The Lacey Timberland Regional Library is just one of these libraries in the area. Located near the Lacey City Hall, this library is spacious and full of books for every interest, the staff is kind and helpful, and the kid’s and teen’s areas are a great place to kick back and read for a while.


This library also has some really very cool decorations going on.

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The following are just a sampling of the great activities going on this summer. For a complete list of activities and to sign up for the summer reading program, head over to the Lacey Library!

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Wonderland Tea Party for all ages.
July 3rd, 6:30-7:30
Huntamer Park

Bedtime Stories for children ages
July 5, 3:00 - 6:00pm & 6:00 - 6:30pm

DreamCraft for teens
July 9, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Make a journal to record your dreams and learn what they mean! Also create personalized sleep tee or light switch plate.

Family Fun Game Show for all ages.
July 31, 6:30 - 7:30pm 
Huntamer Park

Cool Tunes for Kids for all ages
August 7, 6:30-7:30
Huntamer Park
For more information about these and other events please contact:

Lacey Timberland Library
500 College Street SE
Lacey, Washington 98503

Kids in the Kitchen

Patriotic Eagles


Hi everyone! July is almost here which means that the Fourth of July is too!

This is one of my favorite holidays! I love the fireworks, parades and barbecues with all that yummy summertime food. For the holiday, I’ve found a great (and easy) recipe for something sweet to celebrate the holiday with.

Here’s what we’ll need to get started:
1/4 cup of white chocolate chips

6 large marshmallows

Finely shredded coconut

Chocolate sandwich cookie (chocolate covered Oreo’s   work great!)

6 Cashews

Black decorator’s gel

Once you have all the ingredients you need, have an adult help you melt the chocolate chips. Most packages should have melting directions. If not, a double boiler is the best way to do it.

Fill the bottom of the pot with water and put the chocolate chips in the top part. Make sure to keep the chocolate away from direct heat and water. If you don’t have a double boiler available, a bowl that fits snug inside a pan will work fine too. Just make sure the steam doesn’t escape into the chocolate.

For each bird you make, drop a large marshmallow into the melted chocolate, using a spatula to make sure that it’s fully covered.

Remove the marshmallow from the chocolate and roll it in finely shredded coconut. Make sure to leave one of the ends uncovered.

Immediately set the marshmallow (the end without the coconut) on top of a chocolate sandwich cookie.

Let the chocolate set for a bit, then use a toothpick to make a hole in the side of the marshmallow and use one of the cashews for a beak!

The final touch is using the black decorators gel for the eyes.


And that’s it! Now you have a tasty, sweet, patriotic treat. Happy cooking and Happy Independence Day!!!


Learning Corner:

What exactly is Independence Day?
Independence day (or the Fourth of July), is the day that we celebrate our country declaring independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, 1776, it was voted and approved by congress to separate ourselves as our own nation. Two days later on July 4th, the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Who signed the Declaration?
The members of the Continental Congress singed the document. Some of the more famous signers include John Hancock who was the President of the Continental Congress at that time. Also, Benjamin Franklin (who was 70 and the oldest member to sign), John Adams (2nd president of the United States of America) and Thomas Jefferson (3rd president of the United States).

Fun Fact:
After signing the declaration, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife which read “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”


He was only off by two days with his “prediction” but, 236 years later, this is still how we celebrate our countries birthday.

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