Depression and Anxiety in Kids Predicts Poor Achievement

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

This episode focuses on how children with emotional problems due academically as they get older. We are featuring a journal article this week titled The relationship between emotional problems and subsequent school attainment. The authors used 26 previous longitudinal studies on children and adolescents to explore the extent that internalizing disorders such as depression and anxiety had on their school success. The authors found small…

Teaching Kids Mindfulness

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The girl’s mother could see that her daughter was starting to get anxious. Her daughter’s eyes were beginning to widen and her face was starting to flush. Then the questions began with her daughter seeking reassurance from her that everything would be ok. The mother looked at her daughter calmly and told her, “I think it would be a good time to start quieting your…

Inattention in School and Disorders

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Tommy, could you read the next section in our book?” the teacher asked Tommy. Tommy looked around sheepishly and said, “Where are we in the reading?” The teacher was not surprised by Tommy’s response as she often had to remind him of what he was supposed to be doing in class. He also was having difficulty in turning in his homework and completing his class…

Just Scratching the Surface with Cutting

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother is concerned when she notices scratches all up and down her teenage daughter’s arm. When asked about them, the daughter said she was wrestling with the cat and was scratched several times. Still, the mother thought the marks were more organized than random scratches. She started becoming concerned there might be more going on than her daughter was letting on. In the situation…

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