Child Development and Behavior
Easing Back-to-School Jitters After A Long Summer
Parents and kids alike probably have mixed emotions about the impending school year. And while it’s typical to have back-to-school jitters, this year may be particularly rough given that kids have been out of school for 4-6 months! Read a child psychologists suggestions to help ease these worries.
Help Identifying Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Kids
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is an often mislabeled mental health condition. Some children may be “oppositional” or “defiant” at times, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have ODD or meet the clinical criteria. Learn some questions to ask to help identify it.
COVID-19 & Kids: Identifying Mental Health Problems and Getting Help
A report finds that anti-anxiety, antidepressant and anti-insomnia prescriptions have increased across all age groups amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Symptoms for these mental health problems aren't always obvious in kids. A child psychologist helps parents identify the warning signs and offers some strategies to help.
Teaching Kids CBT Coping Tools During COVID-19
During this time of stress and uncertainty, a psychologist explains how parents can teach their kids mental health coping tools, including cognitive behavioral therapy.
Taking Care of Your Family’s Mental Health During COVID-19
As families are spending more time indoors during the coronavirus pandemic, a child psychologist offers some suggestions for taking care of your family's mental health during COVID-19.
Orthorexia: An Unhealthy Obsession with Healthy Foods
Orthorexia is the term for an unhealthy obsession with healthy foods. Learn more about this eating disorder and behaviors to watch for in children and teens.
How Important Are Baby Teeth?
Parents often ask how important baby teeth are; after all, they just fall out and are replaced with another set. Read why they're not just vital to dental health, but a child's overall heath.
Using Positive Praise to Inspire Behavioral Change
Positive praise comes easily for most parents. But if we want our kids to truly get better at something, or to change their behaviors, we have to get specific. Read a child psychologist's tips on how to do that.
How to Help A Preschooler Who Begins to Stutter
Stuttering can cause significant distress for both kids and parents. Some research suggests that it may occur in 5-11% of kids between the ages of 2.5 and 5 years old, and can range from relatively mild to more severe. Learn how to help a preschooler who is stuttering.
Keeping Teens Safe Online Requires A Mix of Monitoring and Teaching
One of the main reasons that social media is ripe for abuse is because many apps allow users to be anonymous. This can be a particularly scary landscape for parents of teens. Read Dr. Ryan's suggestions to help keep teens safe online while allowing them the space to participate.
Steps to Help Kids with ADHD Manage Their Emotional Outbursts
Between 50-70% of kids with ADHD have symptoms of emotional impulsivity, which means they are more easily frustrated, impatient, excited, angry and annoyed than other kids who are the same age, sex and developmental level as them. Read steps parents can take to help kids manage these emotional outbursts.
7 Tips for Making Mealtimes Less Stressful
The benefits of eating family meals together are numerous, but can be a struggle for many families - especially for those who have concerns about their child's eating habits or nutrition. Learn seven tips to help make mealtimes less stressful and more positive for the whole family.
What To Do When Your Child IS The Bully
It can be disheartening to hear that your child is being a bully. It's important to focus on stopping the negative behavior and opening the lines of communication. Read Dr. Adams' guidelines for talking to your child about his or her behavior.
Risk Factors for Suicide
Suicide is highly complex and cannot be attributed to a single cause. A combination of health, environmental and historical factors contribute to the risk, but are not necessarily direct causes. Read to learn about some of the more common risk factors for suicide.
Warning Signs of Suicide and Ways to Get Help
Studies suggest that the majority of people who die by suicide give warning signs beforehand, but they're not always obvious. Learn what these signs look like in teens and how to get them the help that they need.
5 Tips for Talking to Teachers About ADHD
Establishing a relationship with your child's teacher is a crucial step in helping your child with ADHD navigate school. Read 5 tips on how to talk to talk to your child's teacher, from one of our experts.
Lying in Younger Kids: Why it Happens and What to Do About It
When preschoolers lie, it can be both a hilarious and disconcerting experience. The good news is that it is actually a normal developmental milestone. Read why lying happens and what parents can do about it.
How Speech-Language Pathology Helped My Daughter Recover From A Stroke
Lila was a vivacious 18-year old when she suddenly had difficulty speaking and understanding her professors. When an MRI found that she had a stroke, she began a long journey to recovery. Read how speech-language pathology helped her return to her near pre-stroke state.
Misconceptions about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Kids
OCD is an often misunderstood condition. For instance, the depictions we see on TV, like obsessive cleanliness, don't reflect the full scope of this neurological brain disorder. Read 4 misconceptions about it:
Baby-Led Weaning: Pros, Cons, and Considering A Moderate Approach
There is no one "right way" to feed a baby! One of our occupational therapists who specializes in helping babies and kids of all ages overcome feeding issues, explains the pros and cons of baby-led weaning, and offers her recommendations for a moderate approach.