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Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health

Blog posts focusing on mental, emotional, and behavioral health in both children and parents.

The Secret Life of Special Needs Parents

By August 2, 2016 1 Comment
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In the not too distant past, we used “the r-word” to describe people with special needs. If you don’t know what the r-word is or why its offensive, please stop reading now and read this article explaining why you should not use it to describe anybody, ever. Today we use the phrase “special needs” or […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health


What is Autism & When Should Parents Seek A Diagnosis?

By July 18, 2016 No Comments
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As a clinical psychologist, I regularly speak with caregivers who worry about their child’s development. Usually families are referred to me after a primary care pediatrician or a teacher has noted differences in their child’s interaction or communication. Autism is usually high on caregiver’s list of concerns, especially if they’ve looked up their child’s symptoms […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health


Why A Parent’s Mental Health is a Pediatric Health Issue

By June 7, 2016 No Comments
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Last week we heard from clinical psychologist and professor of psychology Rebecca Pilai Riddell about how parents can calm their children when they’re in pain.  This week we delve into the methods of her study on infant pain and how a parent’s inability to soothe their child in pain may actually be a signal that […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health


Parents Have Extraordinary Power to Calm Kids in Pain

By June 2, 2016 No Comments
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Last week we shared a story on our Facebook page that got a lot of parents talking.  The study followed more than 700 infants through preschool and looked at their reactions to pain when receiving vaccinations.  The study found that the parent’s ability to prepare and comfort the child early in infancy determined the child’s […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health


What Not to Say to Parents Expecting Twins

By May 11, 2016 1 Comment
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There is a certain expectation when you’re pregnant that the only emotion you’re feeling is elation. But when you find out you’re expecting twins, it’s hard for others to see the fear and uncertainty that comes along with the joy. You’re supposed to be happy and nothing else, and you’re often made to believe that […]

Categories: Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning


How Do I Tell My Child That They’re Adopted?

By March 22, 2016 2 Comments
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I have been asked to consider some of the issues regarding parenting in the context of adoption, either the adoption of a child or issues that might arise if a parent was adopted. To do this, I want to begin by carefully considering what a parent is. I learned what a parent is from my daughter, my […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers


Family Nudity Is All About Comfort Level, NOT Sexuality

By February 15, 2016 1 Comment
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Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton caused an online uproar back in October after he posted a partially obstructed picture of himself in the shower with his 2 year old son on Instagram, which you can see to the right. Comments and concerns raised by this situation ranged from positive and supportive of bathing with own’s own small […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens