Sibling Rivalry: The First Love-Hate Relationship

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Stop! It’s mine and you can’t have it!” screamed Tommy. “It is too! Let go!” screamed back his brother Mike. Several muffled smacking sounds come from the bedroom and end with Tommy coming out crying and seeking out his mother. This type of situation plays out in most households between brothers and sisters. Sibling rivalry is competition, jealousy, and fighting between brothers and sisters. It…

Be Aware of Children’s Mental Health

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The teacher softly sighed as she raised her voice one more time, “Alex, please sit down and start on your work!” Alex heard the teacher and headed back to his seat to get back to work on his assignment. However, he got distracted by some classmates and headed over to their desks to see what was going on. Alex is just one of the students…

Section 504 and School Accommodations

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A couple of years before, a boy had suffered a severe concussion in a car accident. Fortunately he appeared to recover fully and has been doing fairly well in his schoolwork. However, his parents are beginning to notice that their son is starting to struggle in completing his work and has become more inattentive. His parents are now starting to spend several hours each night…

The Emotions of Inside Out

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Hey mom! Look at me. I am a flying purple elephant,” said the five year old. His mother glanced up and shook her head in wonder at what her child would come up with next. Many parents wonder why their children’s behavior can be so unpredictable and sometimes bizarre. If only there was a way to know what is going on inside their heads. The…

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