19 12, 2018

Keeping Kids Active During Holiday Break…Without Electronics

By | December 19th, 2018|Kid Korner|

Despite the joy of the holidays, parents often wonder how to keep their children entertained. Here are non-electronic ways to engage kids over school break.

9 10, 2018

Role of Play in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy

By | October 9th, 2018|Kid Korner|

Engaging children in therapy is important to successful treatment, and play is a great way to do that. Here are just a few of the benefits of play therapy.

25 07, 2017

Little Worriers

By | July 25th, 2017|Kid Korner, Partner Perspectives|

Worries and fears are a typical part of early childhood. Most children outgrow their fears with little or no impact on their social, emotional, or intellectual development. Little worriers, on the other hand, do not outgrow their fears and over time experience a myriad of problems.

12 06, 2017

Harnessing Your Attention: A Powerful Tool in Your Parenting Toolkit

By | June 12th, 2017|Kid Korner|

It’s no secret that kids crave attention—in fact, parents’ attention can be the most powerful reinforcement a child can receive. And that goes for positive as well as negative attention—whether you’re complimenting your child or yelling at him. Therefore, it’s important to know how to use your attention wisely.

6 01, 2017

Shy Kids, Silent Kids

By | January 6th, 2017|Kid Korner|

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 my office. Once there, Margaret burrowed her head into her mother’s side and would not look at me. When I asked […]

5 12, 2016

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

By | December 5th, 2016|Kid Korner|

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

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 arguing, attention-seeking, lying, and even swearing, hitting, and outright defiance can be incredibly stressful for […]

19 10, 2016

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

By | October 19th, 2016|Kid Korner|

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 fun. It didn’t look fun to her so it couldn’t be fun to a kid. And, if it wasn’t fun then […]

30 09, 2016

Behavioral Treatment for Tourette Disorder and Motor Tics

By | September 30th, 2016|Kid Korner|

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 and vocal tics can be quite complex, such as a girl who repeatedly and violently thrusts her index finger up a […]

9 09, 2016

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

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

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 true” is refreshingly honest. Rather than candy-coating the situation of her daughter leaving a well-meaning peer out “just […]

19 08, 2016

From Kazoos to Spider Rings: Prolonged Exposure with Kids

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

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 exposures are both developmentally appropriate and fun for the child. Developing exposures for anxious children can be fun for the clinician […]