Tag Archive: Bela Sood

Opioids have been used for hundreds of years to treat pain, cough and diarrhea, but recently they’ve become the center of a frightening crisis. Why and how are these drugs being misused and how can we keep our kids and teens safe? What are opioids? Opioids are a class of drugs that include heroin as well as prescription pain medicines like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and others. Kids may... View Article

Sep 13 2018

While nursery furniture and baby clothes may be at the top of the “to-do” list when preparing for a new baby, being emotionally ready is extremely important too. Preparing for what to expect, planning for needed support, and having an understanding of the emotions associated with caring for a newborn support the emotional attachment between a mother and child that leads to a good start in life. Child and adolescent... View Article

Aug 8 2018

Autism used to be considered rare, but today approximately one in 60 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. What’s causing the increase and what does it mean for kids and families? Autism and related conditions are in the public eye more than ever before. Celebrities are sharing their personal journeys with autism or Asperger syndrome, which is now grouped into the encompassing diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Meanwhile... View Article

Jun 29 2018

Our children are exposed to media with a frequency that can quickly become overwhelming. Reports vary on exactly how much time the average U.S. child spends in front of a screen and taking in media overall, but they tend to agree on the fact that it’s too much. This is particularly true for teens and tweens whose media use, on average, is second only to time spent sleeping. What can... View Article

May 31 2018

Not all kids are college bound after high school, but many are. For parents who are sending a child off to college for the first time, reactions are often a mixed bag of pride and worry as they contemplate where their “precious baby” is going to land! For the teenager, excitement, confusion and a lack of planning are usual. Oh! The fantasy of leaving childhood and becoming a bona-fide adult,... View Article

Apr 26 2018

How do you help a child through grief associated with the illness or loss of a loved one while you yourself are grieving? There’s a special team at CHoR that can answer that difficult question and provide kindness and support along the way. Mental health professionals at our Virginia Treatment Center for Children specialize in helping children experiencing grief at all stages. When families are initially faced with the illness,... View Article

Mar 29 2018

Like it or not, change happens. A change can be a new baby in the family, moving to a new school or grade, or a new routine or activity. But change often includes loss. When something new comes into our lives, it can mean that something is left behind. A marital separation, new house, new school or other changes for children usually mean that the sameness of routines, familiarity of... View Article

Feb 27 2018

The ability to make friends, keep friends and nurture these relationships over time is a good reflection of how well a person will thrive later in life – socially, emotionally and academically. Learning the qualities of a good and dependable friend paves the way for positive relationships in adulthood and provides children with an example of positive behavior to follow. The manner in which friendships evolve assists in the formation... View Article

Oct 11 2017

Though bullying has gained significant attention in recent years, it continues to rear its ugly head in schools and social settings nationwide. Targets of bullying are often those who don’t feel they can stand up to the injustice, so they attempt to ignore it. Unfortunately, bullies see this as an invitation to keep piling on the grief. Why do children bully? Bullying behavior stems from a sense of inadequacy and... View Article

Oct 5 2017

We “topped out” our new Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) on April 13, marking the placement of the facility’s last steel beam and the beginning of construction for the exterior framing of the main building. Scheduled to open fall 2017 on the Brook Road Campus, this new pediatric mental health facility is already being recognized for its innovative patient-focused design. The VTCC was the only project honored with an Award of Merit... View Article

May 27 2016