Prescription for behavioral therapy
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Why collaborating with behavioral therapists is better sooner than later

When children have behavior challenges, it is often VERY stressful for parents, siblings, peers and teachers. Misbehavior can lead to calls from daycare or school to pick up the child early. It can also lead to suspensions or expulsions if the child’s behavior is potentially harmful to themselves or others and distracts from educators being …

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GUEST BLOG POST: Developing Good Sleep Habits, Step by Step

This is a second guest blog post by Dr. Stephen Boos with Baystate Children’s Hospital Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics clinic (Baystatehealth.org). If you missed his first guest blog post, please make sure to check it out (Developing a Sleep Routine) as it has a wonderful handout for having families make their own visual schedules. Sleep …

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What to Do Series: Not Fair
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What to Do When It’s Not Fair by Jacqueline Toner, PhD & Claire Freehand, PhD

For those of you with more than one child, how many times have you heard, “MOMMY, that’s not fair! He got to choose last time…it’s my turn!” or “DADDY, She got a new (insert object of choice), how come I don’t get one?” Siblings naturally cannot help themselves from comparing what they have to their …

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Mindfulness and children
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Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) by Eline Snel

Mindfulness is becoming increasingly popular but what is it? The science and evidence behind its application with children and teens is growing. Mindfulness is being aware, moment to moment of your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations and the environment around us. We notice these things without judgement. Recognize these sensations and then letting them go. …

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GUEST BLOG POST: Healthy Start For Your Child’s Smile

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and I wanted to wrap up the month with guest blog post from Dr. Erin Phillips with Indianapolis Pediatric Dentistry (http://www.indykidsdentist.com). Preventive dental care is JUST as important as well child visits to the pediatrician. As always, kids thrive on structure and routine…don’t forget to check out the …

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Teens & Depression: What Parents Can Do

On Monday, the revised two-part Guidelines for Adolescent Depression-Primary Care (GLAD-PC)  were published in Pediatrics. The original guidelines were released in 2007. The guidelines reflect 10 years of additional research and evidence around what practices can do to prepare, identify and begin to manage teen depression (part I) and guidance around ongoing management (part II). …

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GUEST BLOG POST: How to keep your baby safe while sleeping

Today’s guest blog post is by a colleague and friend, Dr. Emily Scott. Dr. Scott is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. She has been tirelessly advocating for safe sleep during her rounds at newborn nursery, while teaching residents and speaking about this at community events and …

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