How to Test the Cognitive Development in Adolescents: Tips on Making Sure You Teen is Keeping Up

February 4, 2015 | posted in: Development, Parenting 101, Question of the Month | by

It goes without say that the best way to test the cognitive development of an adolescent is to go to a clinical psychologist or neuropsychologist and have their IQ tested. However, in lieu of that route, there are ways to check the developmental progress of your teenager at home. Step 1 Begin by using a..

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ADHD and Delinquent Behaviors: Is there a link?

December 16, 2014 | posted in: ADHD, Development, Mental Health, Parenting 101 | by

In recent years, criminologists have begun to focus more closely on how certain biosocial and/or neuropsychological factors may influence criminal and delinquent behavior. One condition receiving attention in this area is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM 5), ADHD is characterized by diminished..

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Concussion: What Parents Should Know About Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

As football season descends rapidly upon us, worries about concussions and what exactly should occur following one come to the forefront. Concussions are complex because they can range from mild to severe, with some children and teens recovering quickly, while in others symptoms seem to linger on. Understanding the various aspects of a concussion and..

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Chronic Pain in Childhood: Can it Impact The Way Your Child Thinks?

December 1, 2014 | posted in: Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Parenting 101 | by

Chronic pain is usually associated with adults and those suffering from serious injury. However, chronic pain in childhood occurs more commonly than one might think. Migraines, stomach aches, back pain and other pain conditions often pop up in childhood and require intensive treatment and school accommodations. Not much is understood about the impact of chronic..

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Thanksgiving: Teaching Kids the Value in Giving

November 26, 2014 | posted in: Development, Family, Parenting 101 | by

At this time of year children can easily become preoccupied with the materialistic aspects of the holiday season. They are bombarded with advertisements and social media that can drag the attention away from the positive aspects of the season including a sense of family, strengthening interpersonal relationships and giving to others. Historically, influential child psychologists..

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The Motivational Approach to Psychology

November 14, 2014 | posted in: Mental Health | by

Psychologists may use many different types of theoretical views when conducting therapy. Traditional views tend to be labeled psychoanalytic or psychodynamic. These schools of thought place the therapist in the expert role and the patient in the student role. To the contrary, postmodern psychological theories, such as motivational psychology, employ a more collaborative approach that..

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Risking Talking Behavior in Teens: Why Do they Act Out?

November 13, 2014 | posted in: Development, Family, Parenting 101, Question of the Month | by

Adolescence has long been characterized by risky behaviors that sometimes have disastrous consequences. Dressing provocatively, driving too fast or experimenting with drugs and alcohol are only a few of the ways that teens engage in behaviors that can get them into serious trouble. The question remains, why do teenagers engage in such risky activities? Though..

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What Is Forensic Neuropsychology?

November 12, 2014 | posted in: Mental Health, Question of the Month | by

Neuropsychology is a science focused on how brain function relates to behavior. Forensic neuropsychology revolves around the relationship between brain disorders and injuries and criminal behavior. Neuropsychologists are clinical psychologists at the doctorate level who have specialized training in brain-behavior relationships and psychological and cognitive assessment. Brain Dysfunction and Behavior Brain injuries, chemical imbalances and..

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How to choose the right Halloween costume for your kid?

October 30, 2014 | posted in: Health and Wellness, Parenting 101, Question of the Month | by

Halloween Costumes in Young Children: How Scary is Too Scary? Halloween represents a fun time of year for children of all ages. Dressing up, carving pumpkins, and of course trick-or-treating provide hours of entertainment. However, some of the images that Halloween conjures can scare very young children. It is no secret that spooky or creepy..

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Psychosocial Factors of Wearing a Prosthetic

October 20, 2014 | posted in: Health and Wellness, Mental Health | by

Life after losing a limb and learning to rely on a prosthetic involves changes in the individual on psychological, physical and social levels. In the process of adjusting to life after the trauma of such an event, there are consequences in terms of psychosocial functioning as the individual manages the loss itself. Additionally, emotional issues..

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