Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Mental Health

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

What is mental health first aid for youth?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is H. Jean Wright II, PsyD, Director of Behavioral Health and Justice Related Services, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services . Knowing the difference between typical adolescent behavior, and behaviors that should be cause for concern... 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

Moms: Are you in a 'busy trap'?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Lauren Napolitano, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist on staff at Bryn Mawr Hospital and in private practice in Bryn Mawr. Ask any mother, “How are you?” and you’ll be met with the answer of “busy” or “crazy busy". Usually, there’s... Read more

Are parents to blame for their teenager’s depression?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Lauren Napolitano, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist on staff at Bryn Mawr Hospital and in private practice in Bryn Mawr. Let me preface this article by stating that I’m writing this from the vantage point of being a psychologist and a parent. This is a complex question... Read more

Top 3 signs that your teenager may be depressed

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 9:53 AM
Today's guest blogger is Lauren Napolitano, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist on staff at Bryn Mawr Hospital and in private practice in Bryn Mawr. The Main Line was devastated to learn that 13-year-old Cayman Naib’s body was found on Sunday. From a distance, one could presume that Cayman led... 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

How does play promote social-emotional learning?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 5:30 AM
The word “play” has become somewhat of a dirty word in our culture; instead of playing, our children must now learn, study, do ballet, soccer, take a second language, pass standardized testing. Each moment must be structured and planned to ensure the best, highest quality experience. Our... Read more

Who's the most stressed in America?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 5:30 AM
Overall stress and its related illnesses were lower for the nation as a whole in 2014, according to the American Psychological Association’s annual Stress in America report. That’s the good news. The bad news? Parents, younger generations, and those living in lower-income households report... 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
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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. 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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