Monday, August 31, 2015

Psychology

Why is a psychologist available in a pediatrician’s office helpful?

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 5:30 AM
Although one in five children in the United States suffers from a diagnosable mental health disorder, only 21 percent of affected children actually receive needed treatment, according to The American Academy of Pediatrics. Mental well-being is a part of your child’s overall health and the United... 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

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

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

Integrated health care: How can it help my child?

Thursday, January 1, 2015, 4:00 AM
Jamir is a bouncy, restless 6-year-old who arrives at the pediatrician’s office with his mother and 3-year-old sister. The mother, who has taken a day off from work for the appointment, explains that the teacher feels Jamir is hyperactive. She then expresses concerns about using any medications... 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

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

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
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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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