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2 Steps to Identifying Your Child’s Perfect Holiday Gift

Selecting the perfect gift for your child can be challenging, especially when your child has special needs. This holiday season consider natural strengths before heading out to shop. Dr. Robert Brooks coined the term “islands of competence” – a metaphor for finding and nurturing a child’s individual strengths. This holiday season, try giving a gift […]

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Warning Signs of Suicide

Did you know that most suicide attempts in children and adolescents occur in the midst of depression or other mood disorders? Even younger children can experience depression. But how common is depression in children and adolescents? What depression warning signs should you look for as a parent? What can you do if your child is showing […]

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Bullying in School: Coping Strategies

Another school year is right around the corner. While your kids may be excited about showing off their new clothes, making new friends and finishing homework (well, maybe not that last one), bullying in school is one thing they’re certainly not looking forward to. To help you prepare if bullying in school becomes a concern […]

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Evaluating Your Young Athlete’s State of Mind

Picking grass in the soccer field or volunteering to sit on the sidelines could signal your child lacks interest in a sport — or maybe not. Good communication between you and your child is key to addressing the issue, says Paul Glasier, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at Children’s Medical Center. Ask questions and watch body […]

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Love on the Rocks

Your teen daughter comes home and says she has a crush on the most popular boy in eighth grade. She texts him and anxiously wonders if he will text her back. She is already contemplating what to buy him for his birthday, too. Andy McGarrahan, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at Children’s, says these crushes can […]

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Help Your Child Cope With Today’s Shooting

In light of today’s tragic shooting in Connecticut, you should be prepared to talk to your children about the event. Pete Stavinoha, Ph.D., a child neuropsychologist at Children’s, says that while you should discuss today’s events with your children, the subject could also raise anxieties in children who see the images on TV or hear about them on the radio or […]

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Bullying: What’s a Concerned Parent to Do?

The movie Mean Girls may have been fictional, but much of the story line rings true for children and teens today. Nearly one in five students has been bullied, according to a recent study from Olweus Bullying Prevention Program — and bullying has taken a high-tech turn with social media. Now kids can log onto Facebook […]

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