Shy Kids, Silent Kids

By

Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D.

Co-Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

 

I met Margaret when she was 5-years old. She wore faded overalls inherited from her older brother that her mother had embroidered with flowers, stars, and hearts. Her mother had to pull Margaret into […]

January 6th, 2017|Kid Korner|

Doing it Backwards: Why Addressing Misbehavior Starts with Positive Reinforcement, Not Punishment

Part 1 in a series on effectively managing challenging behavior in children

By Emily Berner, LMFT

Partner, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

Most children have their fair share of behavioral challenges, but for some, these can be especially intense, leaving the whole family exasperated. Difficult behaviors like backtalk, incessant […]

December 5th, 2016|Kid Korner|

When the Winnie-the-Pooh Cup is Half-Empty: Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Depressed Children

By

Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D.

Co-Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

A clinician recently told me that cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) wasn’t appropriate for children because it was “too cerebral.” I asked her what she meant by this and she said that CBT just wasn’t any […]

October 19th, 2016|Kid Korner|

Behavioral Treatment for Tourette Disorder and Motor Tics

By

Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D.

Co-Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

Tourette disorder is a chronic neurological condition characterized by brief, rapid movements (motor tics) such as blinking, sniffing, or tongue thrusting) or sounds (vocal tics) such as throat clearing, grunting, humming. However, both motor […]

September 30th, 2016|Kid Korner|

The Many Faces of Bullying Part 1: Face-to-face exclusion

By

Daniela Owen, Ph.D.

Partner, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

 

In an age of parents sticking up for their children regardless of how wrong their children’s behavior is, Leslie Blanchard’s post “4th grader comes home with disturbing news – then mom realizes her ‘worst nightmare’ is coming […]

September 9th, 2016|Kid Korner, Teen Topics|

From Kazoos to Spider Rings: Prolonged Exposure with Kids

By

Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D.

Co-Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

 

Exposure appears to be the key change-producing procedure in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety and phobic disorders in children. Successful exposures depend on the clinician’s ability to engage the child in anxiety-provoking tasks. Successful […]

August 19th, 2016|From OCD to Anxiety, Kid Korner|

Separation, Panic and School Refusal

By

Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D.

Co-Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

 

Separation anxiety disorder (SAD) is a relatively common disorder in children and adolescents and panic disorder (PD) is a relatively common disorder in adults. Investigators have suggested that SAD and PD may be related […]

June 29th, 2016|Kid Korner, Teen Topics|

Nocturnal Enuresis: Augmenting the Bell-and-Pad

By

Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D.

Co-Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

 

While most pediatricians favor pharmacologic treatments for nocturnal enuresis, there is growing interest in other treatment strategies, in part because of the limited effectiveness of medications (less than 50% increase in dry nights) and high relapse […]

June 1st, 2016|Kid Korner|

Children and Sleep

By

Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D.

Co-director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

Parents tend to sleep well when their children sleep well. Fortunately, things work out just fine for most kids and parents because sleep is hard wired. That is, your child’s brain will get the […]

May 17th, 2016|Kid Korner, Sleep Sense|

What Does OCD Mean Anyway? A Quick Guide for Kids and Families

By

Michael A. Tompkins

Co-director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

 

What Does the D in OCD Mean?

Obsessions (the thoughts, images, and doubts that bother and scare you) and compulsions (the things you do and think to decrease your fear and discomfort) are upsetting enough but for some […]

May 4th, 2016|From OCD to Anxiety, Kid Korner|