Thursday, October 8, 2015

Jessica Kendorski

When you and your child’s teacher do not agree

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 5:30 AM
Of all the new things in the beginning of the school year — new backpacks, new lunchboxes, new clothes — the prospect of new relationships tends to bring the most anxiety for parents, particularly the relationship between child, teacher, and parent. Parents may wonder, will my son get along... Read more

Back-to-school tips from Healthy Kids bloggers

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 5:30 AM
With school right around the corner, we asked our Healthy Kids bloggers to give us their best back-to-school tips. Here’s to a healthy, safe, and successful school year! Talk about how it feels to start school again. Model how to appropriately express your feelings and manage anxiety. Anxiety... Read more

Why some schools are making time for meditation

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 5:30 AM
Editor's note: This is part of an occasional series on healthy schools. Full disclosure, I meditate almost every day, and I’m in good company. Each year more and more people, from super star athletes to successful CEOs, are attributing at least part of their success to a regular meditation... Read more

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
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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. 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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