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W. Douglas Tynan

Why do kids need to learn ‘soft skills’?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 9:14 AM
In today’s global economic climate, employment and productivity are as dependent on academic and technical skills as they are soft skills. What are soft skills? Soft skills are sometimes referred to as “people skills,” “non-cognitive skills,” or “emotional intelligence”... Read more

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

Need help? Parenting programs here to support

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 5:30 AM
How many times have you had a rough day at work and unconsciously raised your voice at your child for a minor indiscretion? We’ve all been there and there are resources available to help. A stress management parenting program can teach parents techniques for those stressful days. As James M... Read more

Are all deadbeat dads really deadbeat?

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 5:30 AM
In today’s society, “child support” is formal and informal cash contribution to the full spectrum of child needs paid to a custodial parent by the noncustodial parent. In the United States, most custodial parents eligible for child support are women, who are age 30 or over, and have... Read more

Are parenting programs unwelcoming to dads?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 5:30 AM
One in 4 children in the United States grows up in a single parent household. Of these, at least 80 percent are headed by single mothers, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Parenting programs, courses that seek to improve one’s parenting skills, are available on a variety of topics including:... Read more

Debunking myths: The effect of same sex parents on children

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 5:30 AM
The heterosexual married couple with biologically related children is the long heralded traditional nuclear family. For a long time, most portrayals of families on television were of these traditional households. Popular shows like Growing Pains or Family Ties in the late 80s and early 90s reinforced... 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

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

Why more help is needed for depressed, postpartum parents

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 9:34 AM
The profound and sometimes deadly impact of postpartum depression on mothers, children and their families was recently highlighted in a short series in the New York Times. The articles attempted to shed some light on the mental illness in a constructive way following a string of sensational stories... Read more

Why toddlers don't need ADHD medication

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 8:51 AM
At least 10,000 toddlers in the United States are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder when they shouldn’t be receiving this type of treatment, according to data presented last month by an official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Susan Visser, DrPH... 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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