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Universal preschool: Is it enough?

Thursday, July 18, 2013, 5:30 AM
In the past few months, universal preschool fever has swept the county. On a daily basis, it seems like the President, multiple governors and newspapers are touting the positive impact that would be seen in school achievement, reduction in special education costs, high school graduation rates, college... Read more

The Bipolar Epidemic in children: Too many children getting misdiagnosed?

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 9:38 AM
The statistic seems alarming. Hospital stays for bipolar disorder among children aged 1 to 17 years increased 434 percent from 1997 to 2010, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently reported. This rise in diagnoses started in the mid-90s when bi-polar disorder for children was heavily... Read more

A third of children with ADHD still have it in adulthood

Monday, March 4, 2013, 12:00 PM
A third of children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder still have ADHD in adulthood, and more than half had another psychiatric disorder, found a study released online today in Pediatrics. The study looked at 232 adults from Rochester, Minn., who were diagnosed with ADHD... Read more

The best way to treat traumatized kids still not clear

Friday, February 15, 2013, 6:00 AM
What type of treatments help kids who have witnessed shootings, been caught in a storm, or who have been abused themselves? What treatments help kids cope with a serious illness? What treatments have serious side effects? Therapists deal with these issues every day and desperately need help in... Read more

Stop the morning madness on school days

Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 12:46 PM
by W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. For many families, the return to school means the end of unscheduled days. It means a return to the morning routine of getting up, getting dressed, and eating breakfast, brushing teeth and getting to the bus or school on time with all the stuff - lunch, backpack, homework... Read more

A parent's guide to rewards, bribes and extortion

Friday, May 18, 2012, 2:54 PM
by W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. Frequently as part of my practice I will recommend that a parent set up a reward system at home to increase desirable behaviors such as cleaning up a room, doing homework or getting ready for school on time. Inevitably, a parent will tell me that they do not want to bribe... Read more

A surprising answer to slimming down our kids

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 11:25 AM
What if the real answer to the childhood obesity epidemic isn’t just diet and exercise? Two research studies done years and an ocean apart suggest that three family routines -- setting limits on TV, having family meals together and getting the kids to bed on time – could reduce kids’... Read more
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Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
Mario Cruz, M.D. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist - The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic, CHOP
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Lauren Falini Bariatric exercise physiologist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. 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. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
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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