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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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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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Prescription for behavioral therapy
Positive parenting

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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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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