Advocacy

Navigating Childhood Adversity: Ella’s Story

As a behavioral pediatrician, I have forged many relationships with my families. I have had the honor of helping guide families through some of their worst crisis points. One patient named Ella* (name changed for confidentiality) was 9 years old and brought in by her grandmother because she was acting out at school, and as …

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ADHD Clinical resource Communication

A new way for family-doctor communication about parenting stresses & challenges: The IMPACT 1.0 Scale

Parenting a child with ADHD can be challenging. ADHD can affect how the child does at home and school, affects relationships in the family and with friends. Parents often express worry about how their child does at school and their general wellbeing, or “quality of life. ” Related: ADHD Impact on Quality of Life (ADHD …

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Advocacy

It’s Time to Acknowledge the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Workforce

There are roughly 15% of the nation’s children who suffer from a developmental-behavioral condition or about 1 in 6 children. Unfortunately, many of those children often do not get the help they need. Children with developmental and behavioral challenges can easily be missed, especially when the behaviors are more subtle or impacts on function are …

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Emotions can be messy: Coach your Child
Children's books

The Way I Feel by Janan Cain

One of the many things young children need to master in early childhood is how to handle their emotions or what we call, self-regulate. Emotions are a psychological state that is often accompanied by physical sensations or reactions that allow us to express ourselves. These emotions can be beautiful and messy, big and strong, sometimes …

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book review Children's books Communication

Was It The Chocolate Pudding?: A Children’s Book about Divorce

When parents face divorce or separation, it can be very stressful to break the news to children. Last month I had developed a parent-friendly handout on talking tips for parents to help them stay child-focused when facing this particular life change. For readers of my blog, you know I love finding children’s books that help …

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