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October 29, 2015
by Anne Kip Watson

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Football Season - Preventing Child Head Trauma

October 29, 2015 04:04 by Anne Kip Watson

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With recent headlines for the National Football League on head injuries revealing devastating results, more questions are now being raised about how to keep kids safe from similar future outcomes. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University, new research examining the brains of 91 deceased football players found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE in 96 perfect of them. [More]

August 26, 2015
by Lee Kehoe, MS, LMHC, NCC

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Boy’s Reaction To Leaving Mom for Pre-k Goes Viral: Attachment At Play

August 26, 2015 06:33 by Lee Kehoe, MS, LMHC, NCC

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A Los Angeles reporter asked Andrew Macias, 4, if he was excited to start pre-school. With a nice polo and combed hair, the young boy hesitantly said “yes” to the reporter. The following question, however, left little Macias in tears, as the reporter asked, “Are you gonna miss you’re mom?” Macias at first says “no,” but the video catches Macias have a moment of realization that his mom would not be with him at pre-school. This led Macias to break into tears as the fear of leaving his mom finally set in. [More]

August 24, 2015
by Carol Campbell, M.A

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Netflix Offers One-Year Leave for New Parents: Conflicting Emotional Reactions Result

August 24, 2015 07:55 by Carol Campbell, M.A

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On August 4, 2015 the streaming video company Netflix, located in Los Gatos, CA, announced a shockingly generous new policy for its employees who become parents: unlimited fully paid leave for mothers and fathers in the first year after the child’s arrival. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, this amount of time and leave is “practically unheard of”. (Lang, M.) Employees are now allowed to work as much or as little as they see fit in that first year as they adjust to bringing a new life into their family. This policy is perhaps a logical extension of Netflix’s long-standing vacation policy, which is that employees may take as much vacation as they want, without any records kept. (Lang. M.) [More]

August 4, 2015
by Alicia Meade, MA, LCSW

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America's School Discipline System - Are We Missing the Boat?

August 4, 2015 09:00 by Alicia Meade, MA, LCSW

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The face of discipline in today’s public school system is changing thanks to Ross Greene, child psychologist and author of The Explosive Child, a book first published in 1998 and currently the number one best seller on Amazon.com under its Special Needs Parenting section, as well as the follow-up book Lost at School. Both Mother Jones Magazine and Business Insider recently published stories about new disciplinary innovations in our schools, while crediting Dr. Greene as its architect. [More]

July 19, 2015
by Carol Campbell, M.A

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Disney's Annimated Film "Inside Out" Brings Psychology to the People

July 19, 2015 09:00 by Carol Campbell, M.A

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Moviegoers of all ages can thank Disney’s Pixar Studios for brightening the summer of 2015 with a remarkable film, “Inside Out”. This PG-rated movie not only entertains and inspires, but also offers a fantastical but profoundly useful animation of how our feelings call the shots as our minds make meaning of our lives. Who knew that basic psychological principles could be taught by animating five major emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear? [More]

May 23, 2015
by Raushannah Johnson-Verwayne,Psy.D.

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Summertime Safety: Beyond Bug spray, Bottled Water, and Backpacks

May 23, 2015 09:34 by Raushannah Johnson-Verwayne,Psy.D.

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Summertime is known to be a time of relaxation, fun, family time, and long and lazy days. It is also a time when children are a little more independent, as they are off with friends, away at camp, on vacations and field trips, and learning and trying new things. Generally speaking, parents are prepared to send children on their adventures. Their backpacks are armed with bug spray, bottled water, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, and with extras of everything just in case. But what is often missed is the opportunity to arm them with safety from those who may try to harm them. [More]

April 3, 2015
by Raushannah Johnson-Verwayne,Psy.D.

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Anything You Can Do I Can Do BETTER: Praise and Sense of Self in Children

April 3, 2015 07:55 by Raushannah Johnson-Verwayne,Psy.D.

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It is a well-known fact that parenting does not come with a manual of standard procedure (which would indeed be helpful) and at times, various topics arise which make parents second-guess themselves. Recently, the topic of praise and narcissism has been at the forefront of social media and sensationalized pop-culture blogs. However, what is missing is an expert opinion on the matter based upon a combination of empiricism and years of experience with hundreds, even thousands of children. [More]

April 1, 2015
by Candice Hopper-Owrey, Psy.D, LPC

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Childhood Denied: April is Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month

April 1, 2015 07:55 by Candice Hopper-Owrey, Psy.D, LPC

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Parents who neglect or abuse their children, negatively affect brain development of the child. . Children will continue to be haunted by their abuse into their adult years and will experience psychological problems. There are many ways to become involved with Child Abuse Prevention Month April is Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month. For the past 32 years, child abuse awareness activities have been planned for and participated in April. [More]