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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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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: Parent Resources

May 4, 2017

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The internet provides a seemingly endless amount of information about almost any topic you could imagine. Parents are as likely to turn to the internet as they are to well-worn “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” books.

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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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Mending A House Divided: Bringing Peace And Good Will To The Holidays

December 22, 2016

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“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I believe the government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.

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How Scary Is Too Scary?

October 18, 2016

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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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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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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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When You Have An Explosive Child

April 26, 2016

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This blog post is part of a series entitled Real Lives, Real Stories: Personal Experiences With Mental Illness.

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Muslim Children: Addressing Prejudice And Xenophobia

April 12, 2016

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If you turn on the news these days, it’s a flood of Donald ‘Trumpisms’: Trump said this, Trump said that…

As an adult Muslim, I find it disconcerting, and at times, downright frightening, to hear xenophobic statements about keeping Muslims out of the country.

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Talking To Children About A Sibling’s Mental Illness

April 7, 2016

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It seemed like just another Wednesday evening. After the routine disagreements and struggles over homework, everyone sat down together to eat dinner and talk about their day. Afterwards, the twins (a boy and girl, age 9) settled in for a game of Uno while their 14-year-old sister went upstairs to finish her homework.

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