Combatting Social Anxiety in Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“You should really sign up for the musical. You have such a good voice,” said a teenage girl to her friend. Her friend nodded in agreement but said, “I don’t think I can. I just get too nervous even thinking about it.” “But that is what you always say,” replied the girl. “You never take a chance or even do anything new.” A lot of…

Using Family Pictures to Teach Storytelling

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother and her three year old son were huddled on the couch and looking at pictures of the family’s summer vacation at the beach. “Oh, this is a good one. You were just finishing your ice cream sandwich when your brother started chasing you with the hose,” said the mother. Her son looked at her expectantly and asked, “What happened next mom?” The simple…

Video Games Role in Boys Friendships

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The teenager rushed into the house after getting home from school. He quickly nodded towards his mom before turning on his Xbox. His mom heard him muttering into a headset, “We need to form an alpha team so we can encircle them.” The teen stayed glued to the screen, playing on his Xbox for the next couple of hours. His mother is getting concerned about…