Kids Need Sleep

Sleep is one of the most critical aspects of our health, and we spend approximately one-third of our lives doing it. This is a time where our bodies heal, and our brain reserves are restored. Sleep is especially important for children and teens, where sleep impacts development, academic functioning, and mental and physical health. Sleep difficulties are not uncommon for young people and should be addressed with their pediatricians. The American Academy of Pediatrics has [...]

By |2020-02-20T14:29:32+00:00February 20th, 2020|

Social Media & Disordered Eating

This blog has addressed how social media use in teens and young adults can lead to issues with depression, anxiety, and self-esteem. Another area impacted by social media is body image and disordered eating. Disordered eating is any type of eating behavior that falls outside of the norm of what is considered healthy. This can include excessing dieting or restricting food, preoccupation with food and calories, rigid routines and rituals around eating, binge-eating, and using [...]

By |2020-02-02T14:45:05+00:00February 2nd, 2020|

When to Suspect Dyslexia

Dyslexia is the most common type of reading disorder, in which readers struggle with letter and word sounds, that impacts all areas of reading and sometimes writing. Individuals with dyslexia tend to be slow and effortful readers, struggle with pronouncing and recognizing words, have difficulty with spelling, and struggle with learning a foreign language. Approximately 1 in 5 people in the U.S. has dyslexia, though it can be tricky to identify and diagnose. Children learn [...]

By |2020-01-18T20:18:59+00:00January 18th, 2020|

Sibling Bullying

When we hear the word, “bullying,” most often we picture the schoolyard bully who picks on other students at recess or in the hallways. Often, we don’t think about siblings as bullies, or sibling scuffles may be written off as typical behavior or rivalry. In actuality, being bullied by a sibling can be just as impactful as peer bullying; when both are present, the effect on mental health is even more severe. New research has [...]

By |2019-12-26T17:57:37+00:00December 26th, 2019|

School Readiness & ADHD

Often, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is not identified until a child begins struggling in elementary school or later. In kids younger than elementary age, ADHD can be difficult to identify since the main symptoms of the disorder (inattention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity) are common in toddlers and preschoolers. While there may not seem to be an obvious difference between very young children with ADHD and without, there is a distinct difference in their school-readiness. In a study [...]

By |2019-12-06T14:37:02+00:00December 6th, 2019|