Halloween Can Spook Young Children

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Witches, ghouls, and black cats prowl through the night looking for the next house to enter. There are people screaming and others running around the streets with bags in their hands containing their ill-gotten gains. All around are masked people and nothing looks familiar as the night begins to descend leaving only the glow of street lights. This description of Halloween can be quite frightening…

Being There When Teens Need Help

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The father could see there was something on his son’s mind. The boy had has forehead furrowed and he was looking slightly agitated. “Is there something on your mind son?” the father asked. That simple question seemed to break the ice as a look of relief passed over his son’s face. “Actually Dad, there has been something that has been on my mind and I…

Challenges in the Transition to Middle School

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother was concerned about her daughter. She had become anxious and was having trouble falling asleep for the past week. In addition, her daughter had been experiencing nightmares. All of the difficulties seemed to be due to her daughter starting 6th grade and beginning middle school. Anxiety about entering middle school is common as children ready themselves for a major transition in their educational experience.…

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