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Katherine Dahlsgaard

Dispelling the myth: ADHD stimulant medications and tics

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 4:20 AM
Stimulant medications for ADHD – such as Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall and Vyvanse – do not appear to cause tics in children nor make tics worse, concludes a study published this month in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. These findings are important... Read more

Picky eating: Why it's not just a little problem

Monday, August 3, 2015, 8:53 AM
Picky eating is relatively common in young children, but that doesn’t make it harmless, conclude the authors of a study published online today in Pediatrics. “Eating problems among preschool-aged children are so pervasive that clinicians and researchers often treat them as developmentally... Read more

My teen can be so irritable! Is that normal?

Monday, July 6, 2015, 8:28 AM
"My teen can be so irritable! Is that normal?" This ranks high on the list of parental concerns I encounter as a child psychologist. In response, I often raise my eyebrows and shrug. Translation: is anything "normal" during adolescence? Or I offer the (equally unsatisfying) answer: "Your teen is... Read more

What Inside Out can teach parents

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 5:30 AM
Warning: This review contains mild spoilers Inside Out, the masterful new Pixar movie, is aimed at kids – but has a lot to teach parents. The movie focuses on 11-year-old Riley, or rather on the workings of her mind, where the personified emotions Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust work... Read more

Why do girls earn better grades than boys?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 5:30 AM
Editor's note: This is the first in an occasional series on positive psychology. Girls consistently earn better grades than boys, not because they are more motivated to do so, but because they show greater self-discipline, according to a recently published study in the journal Learning and Individual... Read more

Does your child still have difficulty swallowing pills?

Monday, April 20, 2015, 9:15 AM
The most popular post I have ever written for this blog detailed effective strategies for helping your child learn to swallow pills. I’m certain you’ve already read it. So how can it possibly be that your child still has difficulty swallowing pills? Don’t despair! So says an article... Read more

Successful cognitive behavioral therapy for kids could lead to fewer suicidal thoughts

Monday, March 9, 2015, 5:30 AM
Highly anxious people who underwent successful psychotherapy as children have fewer suicidal thoughts as adults, found a new study from the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry this month. The results suggest that early detection and effective treatment for child anxiety... Read more

Exactly how much sleep does my kid need?

Monday, February 23, 2015, 5:30 AM
Early this month, the National Sleep Foundation released new recommendations for the amount of sleep needed by various age groups, from newborns to older adults. This should be a relief to parents around the world. Now when your children whask (whine-ask) why you are making them go to bed so early... Read more

The power of effective praise

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 5:30 AM
A fellow Healthy Kids Blogger has already written an excellent post on the difference between parental rewards, bribes, and extortion to modify child behavior, so I will focus my post today on a very particular type of reward that is like catnip for kids: labeled praise. Also known as “effective... Read more

10 tips for parents to extract dental fears

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 5:30 AM
You say your child is afraid of the dentist? How can this be? The dentist is BFF with tooth fairy! Which probably means the dentist is bros with Santa Claus, too! What’s not to like?! But if your child will not listen to reason, here are 10 tips that will help ease dental fears. These are... 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.

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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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