Saturday, August 1, 2015

Jessica Kendorski

Why is stillness and movement needed in school?

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 9:49 AM
Editor's note: This is the first in an occausional series on healthy schools. Children in school are constantly being told to “sit still.” Teachers and parents expect children to sit still and complete assignments. “Sit still and talk to friends during lunchtime.” “Sit... Read more

How can I make my 'home climate' more positive?

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 5:30 AM
What is the climate in your home? Not if it’s hot or cold, but rather its overall “feel.” Do the people in your home feel respected and empowered to communicate openly? Is the environment positive, warm and welcoming? Is it a climate built on empathy? Researchers have been studying... Read more

Autism awareness month: What are the benefits and risks of diagnosis?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 8:31 AM
This month is Autism Awareness Month, a national campaign to raise public awareness not only of Autism Spectrum Disorder, but also the individuals and families affected by it. This will no doubt lead to more social media campaigns and news stories surrounding autism. Parents often wonder about the... Read more

How we can promote more creativity in schools?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 5:30 AM
It’s now (finally) officially Spring, and with the longer days and budding blossoms comes another springtime event: standardized tests. Recently, I was visiting a school deep in the throes of standardized test taking, and the anxiety and tension (from students, teachers, and administrators) was... Read more

Understanding that vaccines do not cause illness

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 5:30 AM
Vaccination — the word has become quite divisive. On both sides, we find well-meaning, intelligent, good parents who just want what is best for their children, and to protect them from harm. The science behind the benefits of vaccinating are clear (see this Healthy Kids blog about the importance... Read more

The importance of emotional and behavioral screening for your child

Monday, January 26, 2015, 5:30 AM
You bring your son to the pediatrician’s office. Physically, you are fairly certain that he is fine, but you can’t shake the feeling that something is wrong. His tantrums seem more intense than other children. He seems to keep to himself at the playground. He is unable to attend to a specific... Read more

Behavior tracking apps in the classroom: What do I need to know?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 5:30 AM
Technology in the classroom has long been an integral part of enhancing a child’s education. Now, a new app called ClassDojo is seeking to improve the classroom experience by allowing teachers to monitor classroom behavior through a point-system: students can earn or lose points based on their... Read more

Is it bad for my toddler to use a tablet?

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 5:30 AM
The American Academy of Pediatrics has a long stance of discouraging the use of electronic technology for children under 2 years of age. However, as technology advances, so does the need to update the recommendations for use of electronic media by toddlers. Recently, at the AAP’s national conference... Read more

Why we shouldn't physically punish our kids

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 5:30 AM
The recent arrest of Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson has sparked a divided reaction within the NFL around the use of physical punishment with children. Peterson’s lawyer, for example, said that Peterson “used the same kind of discipline…that he experienced as a child... Read more

Reading, writing and making friends...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5:30 AM
As parents, we try to prepare our children to go back to school by reviewing their letters and numbers, helping with summer reading, and making sure they’ve got all their supplies. But are we preparing them socially, to get along with others, and emotionally, to make friends? Having friendships... Read more
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The Healthy Kids blog is your window into the latest news, research and advice around children's health. Learn more about our growing list of contributors here.

If you have questions about your child's health, ask them here.

Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Sarah Levin Allen, Ph.D., CBIS Assistant Professor of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAAAI, FACAAI Associate Professor of Medicine in division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at UC Davis
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist of The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Gary A. Emmett, M.D., F.A.A.P Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Division Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Chief of Pediatric Emergency Services at Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Adolescent Medicine Specialist at Crozer-Keystone Health System
Jessica Kendorski, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D Associate Professor in School Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Anita Kulick President & CEO, Educating Communities for Parenting
Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA VP for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America
Beth Wallace Smith, R.D. Registered Dietitian at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Emiliano Tatar, M.D. Pediatrician at Einstein Healthcare Network Roxborough Plaza
Jeanette Trella, Pharm.D Managing Director at The Poison Control Center at CHOP
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D., ABPP Director of Integrated Health Care for American Psychological Association
Flaura Koplin Winston, M.D., Ph.D. Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention
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