Question of the Month

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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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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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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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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Question of the month – When Should we Ignore Childhood Crushes?

March 11, 2014 | posted in: Question of the Month | by

In my work as a psychologist, I feel that certain questions come up again and again.  One question that came up last month as Valentine’s loomed had to do with how to handle childhood crushes. Q: Our second-grader has a crush. He talks about his “girlfriend” all the time, asks to call her and writes..

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