Infants & Toddlers

How Scary Is Too Scary?

October 26, 2017

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Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

Here is my most vivid memory of Halloween:

I’m 8 years old. I have, to my father’s delight, developed an affinity for the “creature-features” that appear on the old UHF stations every Saturday from 10 AM to noon.

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Pediatric Visit? Don’t Forget About Mental Health

May 9, 2017

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The Clay Center is an educational and informational outlet only, and so we do not provide clinical services or referrals for treatment. However, many of our partners here at MGH do.

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10 Go-To Parenting Books For National Reading Month

March 20, 2017

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March is National Reading Month and a good time to reflect on the books that have made an impact on my work as a child psychologist.  I’ve compiled a list of my “go to” books that I frequently recommend to parents on some of the more common problems I’ve observed in kids.

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Helping Your Kids Following The Orlando Tragedy

June 14, 2016

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Our hearts go out to the families of those who lost their lives and were injured in the recent terrorist act in Orlando—an event that is being called the most extensive mass shooting in this country’s history.

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Mental Health Needs Of Teen Moms

June 7, 2016

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We know that adolescents get depression.

We also know that adolescents are a lot more likely to get depressed than pre-adolescents.

And, we know that pregnancy is associated with a higher risk for depression both during the pregnancy itself, and at least three months following.

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The Implications Of Poverty On Children’s Mental Health

May 19, 2016

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In March, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a new policy statement in which it encouraged all of its members to screen pediatric patients and their families for economic hardship. This announcement made national news and was later published in Pediatrics, the flagship journal of the AAP.

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Helping Your Kids Following Yet Another Terrorist Attack

March 22, 2016

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In light of today’s attack in Brussels, Belgium, we are re-posting this blog we wrote last November (just five months ago) in response to the tragedy that befell Paris. Our hearts go out to the families of those who lost their lives in this most recent nonsensical act of violence.

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What Are Some Of The Major Theories Of Development?

March 3, 2016

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When child development experts talk about the study of development, they have in mind some fundamental theories of development that were codified by brilliant clinicians and scientists well before we had the technology to correlate them to brain development.

In this post, we’ll pay homage to these theorists.

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Hitting Reset On The Portland Diner Debate

July 23, 2015

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When the story came out about a family’s dining experience at Marcy’s Diner, I didn’t think much about it:

Portland diner owner under fire for yelling at toddler, Facebook posts

Currently, however, this is the story that a lot of people and parents want to talk about.

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What Is Separation Anxiety?

April 22, 2015

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Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

Sarah sits on the couch, clutching her stuffed bear. Her finger nails are visibly torn; they’ve been bleeding again.

Her mom, meanwhile, is calling into work again.

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