Parents Lose with Empty Threats

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The family van has been rolling down the highway for the past five hours. Mom and Dad are in the front seat and their two children are in the back seat. By this point in the trip, the kids are starting to get antsy. It starts with a slight poke by the sister quickly followed by a punch in the shoulder from the brother. The…

Teacher-Child Pre-K Relations Predict Peer Victimization

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

This School Mental Health Minute episode focuses on how teacher-child relationships in pre-K predict children who will be victimized by classmates.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKhbw-L_s4Q&feature=youtu.be We are featuring a journal article this week titled Teacher-child relationship, child withdrawal and aggression in the development of peer victimization. Young children can be targeted by their classmates starting in pre-kindergarten. Researchers have focused on the role of children’s peers in…

Language – When Actions Speak Louder Than Words

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The baby was babbling as usual until a precious word escaped his mouth, “Mama.” A baby’s first words are one of the major landmarks that parents remember about their child growing up. Babies typically start uttering their first words around 12 months of age. A baby’s first words represent a new way for the baby to convey his wants and needs. Armed with language, a…

Grade Retention is a Failing Solution for Children

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

It had been a bad school year by all accounts for the 3rd grade boy. He had consistently struggled in reading and was getting further behind his classmates. His behavior in the classroom was getting worse as he would yell at the teacher and rip up his work. This resulted in frequently being sent to the principal’s office or having to go see the guidance…

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