Talking to Teens About Substance Use

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Go ahead, it just relaxes you and makes everything seem alright” said the teen as he passed the joint to another teen. The other teen looked at the joint reluctantly and then said, “I would, but my parents would totally freak out. You don’t understand how dead I would be if they ever found out.” The teen got up to go to another part of…

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…

Back to Basics: Timeout

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Stop that or you will go to timeout! Do you want to go to timeout?” This phrase is often heard coming out of parents’ mouths at home and almost any other place where children can be found. Timeout has gotten into the national vocabulary of parents. In our jobs as a pediatrician and school psychologist, we often ask parents about how their child is disciplined.…

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