Parenting 101

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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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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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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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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Video Games That Are Good For Your Kids

September 19, 2014 | posted in: Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Parenting 101 | by

Positive Thinking Video Games Positive thinking computer games should enhance and strengthen each aspect of human cognition. Since the mind and the body are connected, games must cover the broad categories that are part of daily life. Underlying positive thinking is a strong mind, a strong body and an ability to have insight. Games that..

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