Articles containing: child development

Q+A: Should I be nervous? My preschooler’s teacher recommended I have him evaluated for an anxiety disorder..

August 14, 2019

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My 3-year-old son Justin has been in preschool for five months and he won’t stay unless I sit in the classroom with him. His teacher told me today that this isn’t fair to the other children and that I need to get him evaluated for an anxiety disorder.

Why Chores Are Important for Kids

Chores.

We all remember them.

Some were associated with allowance, others simply mandatory. For many kids, and I bet for most of us, they were often an intrusion on other more important things to do.

Surviving Tantrums With Toddlers – Shrinking It Down

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Almost every parent has been there. Whether your child is age two or twenty-two, we’re all familiar with the “T” word.

Q+A: Is My Son Hyperactive and Unfocused, or Just Being a Boy?

November 26, 2018

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Question: My child’s teacher told me that she’s worried about my son’s behavior at school. She said he’s hyperactive and unfocused. I think he’s just being a boy. I took him to our pediatrician who said we could wait and see before putting him on medication. I liked that idea.

Helping Kids with Challenging Behavior, featuring Stuart Ablon, PhD – Shrinking It Down

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Rewards. Punishments. Incentives. What parent hasn’t used one or all of these when trying to navigate challenging behavior in their kids? These might be great strategies when the root of the problem is a lack of motivation.

Let’s Talk About “Eighth Grade”

August 8, 2018

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Lots of things crossed my mind as I cringed and smiled my way through Bo Burnham’s amazing new film, Eighth Grade.

First – and this particular sentiment was a near-constant refrain – I found myself swimming in gratitude that I was no longer in 8th grade myself.

Creativity Gives Our Brains a Boost: Shrinking It Down (Season 1, Episode 12)

April 18, 2018

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Emerging Technologies and the Frontiers of Autism Research

March 26, 2018

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Many parents these days are worried about their children’s use of digital media. One of the most common concerns is that using tablets and smartphones to communicate with others will result in loss of social skills.

The Importance of Stories for Child Health

November 21, 2017

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Stories matter.

That’s not just an opinion.  That’s not an axiom or a homily or a saying or even a pithy bumper sticker slogan.

That’s a genuine biological imperative.

Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

April 24, 2017

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Christopher Keary, MD; Lisa Nowinski PhD; Christopher McDougle, MD

Sam is an adorable 5-year-old boy with curly brown hair and large inquisitive eyes. As a baby, Sam was easy! He rarely cried and seemed to entertain himself for hours – the perfect first child. But by his 1st birthday, Sam was not yet talking.