Putting Your Child on the MAP

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

As the mother rummages through her son’s backpack for his homework and other school letters, she finds a page with tables labeled Mathematics and Reading that is full of numbers. More importantly, her son’s name is at the top along with his elementary school. It certainly looks important and official but what it means is another matter. A score of 195 is reported but there…

Holiday Traditions Make Memories for Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Ask children what their families do during the holidays and there are a chorus of answers of favorite holiday traditions. One might talk about how Grandma makes her pinwheel cookies that she only bakes during the holidays. Another might talk about the “Elf on a Shelf”, that comes to visit right after Thanksgiving in order to let Santa know who has truly been naughty and…

Toddlers Need Their MMR Vaccination

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The toddler is sweating with a fever and crying. She has not eaten in a couple of days and she has swollen glands on either side of her face. Her parents look on anxiously and try to get her fever down. Unfortunately the disease progresses and the little girl becomes deaf. In the 1950’s it was all too common for toddlers to contract the mumps…

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