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Shrinking It Down: When Nightmares Become Reality in the U.S. (Special Episode)

June 22, 2018

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In research that’s been done about kids’ fears, the most frightening thing is losing or being left without a parent.

Through the events at the U.S. southern border in the last weeks, we have watched migrant children live out their worst nightmares in the most deliberately traumatic way.

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Shrinking It Down: Our Greatest Strengths (Season 1, Episode 16)

June 14, 2018

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Did you know that Dr. Ellen Braaten has a mild form of dyslexia and had to work really hard at reading when she was a child? Did you know that Dr. Gene Beresin has always struggled with math?

We all have challenges. We all have differences.

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Dyslexia 103: Accommodation Options Available

June 5, 2018

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This blog is the third in a series on dyslexia. Topics previously addressed include Dyslexia 101, and understanding treatment. Topics to be addressed further in include accommodation options available, and the transition of a child to life, school, etc. following diagnosis.

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The Immediacy of Digital Media: For Better or Worse?

May 29, 2018

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It was Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts.

I was meeting with a film maker about a possible collaboration on a documentary. We were interested in the impact of digital media on youth.

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

May 22, 2018

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Ten-year-old Joyce was always known as a bit of worrier. Even as a two-year-old, she seemed anxious from time-to-time, especially when life was a bit stressful. A new babysitter, a noisy birthday party, or a vacation could all trigger nervousness and crying spells, but these symptoms generally went away fairly quickly.

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Shrinking It Down: Kids, Marches, and Media (Season 1, Episode 14)

May 16, 2018

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Recently, youth-driven marches such as ‘March for Our Lives’ have received extensive media coverage.

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Reality TV Literacy: Distinguishing What’s Really Real

May 3, 2018

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In 2014, Dr. Holly Peek published an essay on the MGH Clay Center Website discussing the strange world of reality TV. She began with a description of Kim Kardashian’s preparations for the birth of her first child.

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Shrinking It Down: Navigating the System (Season 1, Episode 13)

May 2, 2018

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We’re not going to pretend it isn’t so. If you’re seeking mental or behavioral health services for your child, it can be tricky and frustrating trying to navigate the system. But resources are available.

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When Survival is Not at Stake: Explaining the Mystery of Panic Disorder

April 25, 2018

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Imagine you’re crossing a street and are almost hit by a massive Mack® truck.

You jump out of the way. Your heart is racing and pounding, you’re sweating, trembling, hyperventilating, and short of breath. You feel a pit in your stomach, nausea, choking, and tightness in your chest. Your fingers and toes are tingling.

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