Advancing Children's Health

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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

Many families will celebrate Father’s Day this weekend. For others, the holiday will serve as a reminder that an actively engaged father has not been part of their reality. “Fathers serve as role models and mentors in children’s psychological and behavioral development. When fathers are not involved, children often experience emotions such as anger, anxiety and uncertainty,” said Dr. Bela Sood, child and adolescent psychiatrist with our Virginia Treatment Center... View Article

Jun 15 2017

Dealing with an anxious, distressed child can be one of the most heart-wrenching experiences for a parent. And while your instinct may be to be protective and minimize a child’s distress, doing this can actually worsen their anxiety in the long term. Helping children to understand anxiety – and encouraging them to face their fears – can be a much more effective approach, according to childhood anxiety expert Dr. Jaee Bodas.... View Article

Apr 1 2017

Childhood and the teen years are challenging under the best of circumstances. Additional stressors (family problems, bullying, trauma, sexual or gender identity issues, etc.), along with depression and anxiety, could result in thoughts of suicide or even a suicide attempt – and this is not at all rare. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among children and adolescents. It’s important for all parents, teachers, caregivers, etc. to be aware... View Article

Mar 8 2017

NPR Ed’s recent series exploring mental health in schools found that in a classroom of 25 students, five of them may be struggling with depression, anxiety or substance abuse, and yet nearly 80 percent of children who need mental health services won’t get them. According to the first article in the series, experts say that schools could play a role in identifying students with problems and helping them succeed, but... View Article

Sep 9 2016

When Tragedy Strikes

Jun 20 2013

With recent events like the Sandy Hook massacre, the Boston Marathon bombing and even the Oklahoma tornado flooding our news, it is often hard for us to understand these tragedies, much less explain them to our kids. It becomes especially difficult when other children are involved in horrific events like the tornado that hit Plaza Towers and Briarwood Elementary Schools in Texas. Our initial instincts urge us to shield our... View Article

Jun 20 2013