Behavior, parenting, and discipline

Body Focused Repetitive Disorders (hair pulling, nail biting, skin picking)

Body focused repetitive disorders (BFRD) include hair pulling, nail biting, and skin picking. These can be very frustrating for the child and family. Learn more about BFRD.

What to do if you suspect abuse

If an adult suspects child abuse of any sort, he or she should take action to help the child.

Sleep Consultants

Sleep consultants help parents establish healthy sleep habits for their children.

Sleep Tips

Sleep is an important part of being healthy, yet many of us do not get enough. There are many things that can be done at home before coming to our office.

Information on ADHD - START HERE!

Teachers and parents often are concerned about disruptive and hyperactive behavior. About 10% of people have ADHD. Many of the symptoms can be found in any child at any given time, but in children with the disorder it can cause problems at home, at school and socially.

ADHD and Depression Medications

Learn more about medications used to treat ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents.

Discipline

The basics of discipline are similar regardless of the expert you talk with: Consistency among all events and caregivers, PRAISE the POSITIVE, maintain control of the situation and your anger, punishment should reflect the offense and not be too severe, led by example, maintain routines for sleep/feeding, and offer choices to the child.

Time Out

Learn the procedures below, teach the procedures to all caregivers, and practice with your child before beginning to enforce time outs.

Potty Training

Kids develop at various stages. Let them take the lead when to start potty training, which can happen anywhere from 15 months until 3 years of age. They are ready when they show interest (wanting to sit on a potty chair, wanting a wet diaper off, telling you when they are wet). If you push, they will resist.

Depression and Suicide

Many suicidal children and adolescents have clinical depression alone or in conjunction with another mental illness like anxiety disorder, attention deficit disorder, bipolar illness (manic depression), or child-onset schizophrenia. Each child’s personality, biological makeup, and environment are unique, and depression and suicidal ideation in children are complex issues involving many factors. By recognizing and treating children we can improve the chances a young person with depression can live a longer, healthier, more quality life.

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression (PPD) is the most common complication of childbearing. The Edinburg Postpartum Depression Scale is a simple questionnaire to screen yourself for PPD. If you have concerns, even if you score in the normal range, please speak with your doctor.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder in children can be very difficult to diagnose because it mimics (or exists with) other disorders (such as depression, ADHD, and anxiety). It is a brain disorder in which mood swings shift suddenly from very happy to very sad or irritable.

Less Screen Time

Companies work closely with child psychologists to develop ad campaigns that are irresistible to children. Screens allow total strangers to convince kids that their toys and products are essential to their happiness. They encourage kids to nag parents to buy products. One in 3 trips to a fast food restaurant comes about through nagging! On average kids report nagging 7-12 times (up to 50 times!) for something advertised to them.

How Can I Limit Television and Computer Use at Home

Time on the computer and television has been linked to obesity, ADHD and many other undesired consequences. Research has shown negative health effects on violence and aggressive behavior, sexuality, academic performance, body concept and self-image, substance use and abuse patterns, and nutrition, dieting, and obesity.

How Screen Time Affects Learning

While there is some research that some educational television programs can promote learning and literacy in children, there is also evidence that the content kids are exposed to matters. Shows that are age appropriate and encourage thought and interaction might be of benefit.

Death and Dying - Help for Children

By school age, children understand that death is an irreversible event. Yet even though youngsters recognize that death is something more than going to sleep for a long time, they still may have many unanswered questions that they may not verbalize: Where did grandmother go when she died? What is she feeling? Is she in pain? Why did she die? Can we ever see her again? Are you going to die too? Who will take care of me if you die?

Offer opportunities for your child to ask these questions. The more clearly and honestly you answer them, the better he will fare through the grieving process.

Finding More Help

We have a list of physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, learning disability professionals, and mental health providers for you to use in your search for help. This is provided for your information only and does not constitute a referral or recommendation.