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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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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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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Art Therapy for Children, Part II: Art Therapy in Practice

As explained in part one of this series, art therapy is a great way to help children deal with intense emotional experience. In a formal art therapy session, the therapist will ask the child to perform a given exercise. Sometimes this will be free drawing about their day, while at other times the tasks will..

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Art Therapy for Children, Part I: What is it and Who Can it Help?

Art Therapy for Children, Part I: What is it and Who Can it Help? As children grow and develop one of the biggest challenges they face is understanding their emotional reaction to the world around them. Expressing feelings verbally assumes that one has the words to go with a particular emotion, and that the inner..

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ADHD: A Look at Alternative Treatments

September 10, 2014 | posted in: ADHD, Development, Family, Health and Wellness | by

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a serious mental disorder that involves loss of function at home and at work or school. Individuals with ADHD have a basic difficulty concentrating, but the disorder as a whole is more complex. ADHD results in a breakdown of the executive functioning system. Executive functioning refers to attention,..

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Anger Management for Kids

Anger in children can be difficult to manage. Children often do not have the vocabulary to attach to various feeling states. When children feel angry and they have no words to describe the sensations, they will often act out aggressively. Their aggression is usually a means to communicate internal feelings of anger or sadness that..

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Adolescent Depression: A Look from the Developmental Perspective

July 31, 2014 | posted in: Anxiety, Depression, Development, Mental Health, Parenting 101 | by

Adolescent Depression: A Look from the Developmental Perspective Depression during adolescence is a cause of worry for parents because of the impulsivity and general emotional reactivity of teenagers.  Psychologist Erik Erikson is best known for his work on examining childhood issues from a developmental perspective. According to Erik Erikson, adolescents must resolve two major crises..

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Tools for Cognition & Emotion and helping your kids learn about the relationship between thinking and feelings.

July 1, 2014 | posted in: Development, Mental Health, Parenting 101 | by

Tools for Cognition & Emotion Cognition refers to a person’s thought process and how they think about their thoughts, also known as metacognition. Additionally, cognition can include memory and attention. Emotion describes feeling states. Emotional status is complicated by the fact that individuals don’t always know what they are feeling. Confusing the matter even further..

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